Magazine article Journal of Property Management

PIPE Dreams: Unbelievable or Outrageous True Stories about Everyday Experiences in Real Estate Management

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

PIPE Dreams: Unbelievable or Outrageous True Stories about Everyday Experiences in Real Estate Management

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I HAD JUST ARRIVED AT THE OFFICE ONE MORNING WHEN I RECEIVED A PHONE CALL FROM ONE OF MY MAINTENANCE GUYS, INFORMING ME THAT A BREAK-IN HAD OCCURRED THE NIGHT BEFORE AT THE LAUNDROMAT IN ONE OF THE SHOPPING CENTERS I MANAGED. Immediately, I asked if the police had been called and he told me that they were already on the scene; the laundromat manager had called the police that morning upon opening the doors.

Reassured that the matter was already in competent hands, I relaxed and asked for details on what had occurred. I tensed up when I suddenly learned that the intruder was still inside the property. I quickly asked if the police had the criminal in custody, to which my maintenance person responded, "Well, not quite."

"What do you mean, 'not quite'?" I asked, impatiently.

My maintenance guy then proceeded to explain that the intruder had removed the rain cap from the large boiler flue on the roof, crawled down the flue to attempt to get into the laundromat, and got stuck in the flue pipe. …

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