Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Furnace Guy

As a rule, when I'm home "alone" (the kids don't count for this), I don't let strangers into my house. Maybe that's extreme to some people, but it's the way we do things around here. 
A while back, some guy knocked on the door and asked if he could come in to check the furnace filter. 
He looked legitimate, but it was almost funny to me that he expected me to just let him in unannounced like that. I shook my head. "Not today." 
He gave me a confused look and said "You're not going to let me in?!" 
I smiled (couldn't help it) and said "Nnnnope!" 
He stomped off, annoyed. 
But seriously--no appointment, no warning, and he wants to come in? Is it weird that I was bothered by that? Wait, who cares if it's weird, because I am bothered by it, period. 

Today, our manager came by with a little note. It says: 

Attention Tenants:

Tomorrow, Dan will be replacing the furnace filter in your apartment. In order to do this in the most efficient manner possible, he will come into your apartment whether you are home or not. In addition to replacing the filter, bla bla bla bla. 
Thank You, 
Your Manager

I grinned. Yes! That is what I needed the first time! Some notice, some verification of Dan's purpose! Although I honestly don't like the fact that he's "authorized" to barge into my home whether I'm here or not (you can bet I will be here). I mean, that's kind of disgusting, isn't it? Why do they think they can do that? 
Still. I'm glad to have the note. 


  1. I have the same rule! And I love that you smiled and said "nnnoppe!"

  2. I guess you weren't the only one who wouldn't let him in, eh? Cuz, yeah, it is weird! Any shmoe could put on a jump suit and knock on a door and say "I'm here to check your filter." And how would anyone know who he was? No thanks, but my husband is the only one who checks my filter, if you know what I mean.


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