The Big City

  • conservativej...

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    Oct 02, 2011 1:22 AM GMT

    Let's say you have an opportunity in life to make a little extra money. You've bought this apartment with a view like the one below.

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    Being a person who prefers a car to transit, let's suppose you have also purchased a parking space. This being the big city you have paid about the same price per square foot for the parking space as you did the apartment.

    On returning to the city from travel you discover a car is parked in your parking space. You assume that another tenant parked in your space because only tenants have access to the garage. What is troubling is the car parked in your space is rather ratty.

    After studious investigation you discover the doorman, who can allow cars to enter the garage, has been selling your parking space in your absence for $20 an hour.

    Now you have a choice. Do you inform the doorman he is going to have to split the $20 an hour with you or are you going to have him arrested for theft by conversion?

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    Oct 02, 2011 1:30 AM GMT
    Is the doorman hot?
  • creature

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    Oct 02, 2011 1:35 AM GMT
    I'd probably feel violated somewhat, but I don't think I would have gone so far as to have him arrested. So long as I was able to get my parking space soon after I arrived, I would have left it as is.

    Nothing wrong with making extra money on the side, but I'd consider that tainted money. Not interested in it.
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    Oct 02, 2011 3:48 AM GMT
    Fuck that. Your cut should 90% and the doorman can have 10% and keep his job.
  • JP85257

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    Oct 02, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
    Take all the per hour money he made and then get him fired.
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    Oct 02, 2011 10:35 AM GMT
    Oh my! =( That's not very encouraging. =( Well, maybe make sure you don't catch the car there again. Cause you need your parking spot. In the end, he should know its his job on the line, the risk he's willing to take.

    Maybe it was an emergency, or he really really needs the income.

  • conservativej...

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    Oct 02, 2011 11:10 PM GMT
    Iceblink saidIs the doorman hot?


    Unfortunately not. But you do have an excellent idea if I myself am interviewing the doorman's replacement. Lol.
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    Oct 02, 2011 11:25 PM GMT
    What's the point of having a doorman? I hear they're fairly common in NYC.
  • conservativej...

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    Oct 02, 2011 11:51 PM GMT
    xrichx saidWhat's the point of having a doorman? I hear they're fairly common in NYC.


    Well, a good doorman or porter as they are called in the U.K. is a gentleman typically posted at a main entrance doorway to provide courtesy and security services. Hotels and condo twoers in the luxury urban market is where you'll see them.

    There primary job literaaly is opening doors and screening visitors. They may also assist with packages, hail a taxi, etc.

    The incident with me is serious because of one reason: it is a security breach. Alhough selling the parking spot is illegal and actually brings potential jail time, it is the security breach that is most troubling.

    FallInLoveAgain made the comment, "Maybe it was an emergency, or he really really needs the income." The former "an emergency" doesn't wash as this is private parking in a secure building without emergency services or any real logical reason parking there would ever be needed in response to an emergency. (The vehicle owner and doorman responsible were identified. What occured is actually now past history of a few months ago.) The need of income never turns a crime into a lawful act. Period.

    Thanks for posting guys. Please continue. I appreciate your input.
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    Oct 02, 2011 11:54 PM GMT
    conservativejock said
    Let's say you have an opportunity in life to make a little extra money. You've bought this apartment with a view like the one below.

    Photobucket

    Being a person who prefers a car to transit, let's suppose you have also purchased a parking space. This being the big city you have paid about the same price per square foot for the parking space as you did the apartment.

    On returning to the city from travel you discover a car is parked in your parking space. You assume that another tenant parked in your space because only tenants have access to the garage. What is troubling is the car parked in your space is rather ratty.

    After studious investigation you discover the doorman, who can allow cars to enter the garage, has been selling your parking space in your absence for $20 an hour.

    Now you have a choice. Do you inform the doorman he is going to have to split the $20 an hour with you or are you going to have him arrested for theft by conversion?



    You could call the cops, or tell the building management and let them deal with it.

    $20 an hour ain't no money. If it were allowed, I'd sublet my own spot for $100 an hour.

  • pillowbytes

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    Oct 02, 2011 11:57 PM GMT
    Have the car towed. Each time it happens.
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    Oct 03, 2011 12:11 AM GMT
    If it's an apartment with a secured parking, then there is a risk to the security if the doorman is giving anyone access to the apartment and the parking. At best, the doorman shows poor judgement.
    Next, he was renting out your parking space, something that he has no right to be doing. He should be giving you at least half of the money as you're the one who actually owns/rents the space.

    A warning: the doorman might rent out your apartment next time you go out of town.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Oct 03, 2011 12:31 AM GMT
    i tell the doorman he has to split the money with me
  • citypartyboy

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    Oct 03, 2011 12:31 AM GMT
    what i find to be so weird is that fact that he knew YOUR SPOT, and knew that you were away for long enough to 'rent' your parking spot.
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    Oct 03, 2011 12:33 AM GMT
    And yet another reason why not to leave your keys with the attendant. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 03, 2011 12:39 AM GMT
    Have him fired. My city place is in a secured building as well. I assume your floors are access controlled as well so a threat of break-in isn't your concern rather that you've been paying for peace of mind that isn't there.

  • kolkii

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    Oct 03, 2011 1:27 AM GMT
    parking on ground floor was so 2008

    2 words:

    SKY GARAGE

    problem solved.

    ka pish?

    only in NY (ok that was 3 words)


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    http://www.200eleventh.com/

    ahh nothing like opening your closet door to your car.. 20 stories in the air.. and having nicole kidman as your neighbor to boot.



  • wild_sky360

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    Oct 03, 2011 1:57 AM GMT
    If legitimate arrangements were established, it could work to mutual advantage. He might be able to arrange extra guest parking for you on occasion.

    In a prior relationship I spent 2-3 nights a week at his place in town, and the weekends at my house. I rented parking as needed instead of monthly. The doorman had a list of owners who would rent their space. It was legit though, with dash permits, etc..

    As it stands now, he owes you big time.
    A similar situation arose with friends in a Chicago highrise. I have unlimited free parking when visiting now.
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    Oct 03, 2011 12:17 PM GMT
    Hey may have made some serious cash already. First, tell him you want 50% of it now. Then once you get the 50% say listen.....I want all the money now or I'm getting you fired. See if he wants to roll the dice. He may not care to pay you back and get fired, so you could end up with nothing. I think you could at least get 50% up front.

    Then work out like an 75 your end 25 his split. That would be 5.00 extra an hour for him for doing nothing. I'm sure you paid a nice amount for that space. I know some condos a space can cost 25-50,000.00.

    I understand he may have needed the money, but it is theft. If he can't give you all the money now...get collateral, jewelry, a promise to pay.
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    Oct 03, 2011 12:20 PM GMT
    I'd just call and have the car in the space towed every-time someone parked there icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 03, 2011 12:23 PM GMT
    Tell him to stop. Give him a warning and state that if he continues, you will report him to the building management and tow the car that has been taking your spot. After that, get one of your friends to try to rent the spot. If he gives in, you nailed him.

    I like to give people second chances. Any fuck-up after that is unforgivable.

    EDIT: Telling him that you want some of the money in exchange for your silence is extortion. He may not report you, but don't do it - it will only mess things up for you.