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WHENEVER THINGS GET
be a muffin
Iwas half an hour into my first work day and a resident walked into the office to hand my fellow leasing agent a rent check. I looked over and saw something on the check, but didn’t think much of
it. My co-worker quickly walked into the manager’s
office. I watched as my manager walked over to the
resident—shortly after, chaos ensued.
The manager started screaming and ran into her
office, slamming the door. She continued to stare
through her office window. Obviously confused,
I got up and walked over to the resident. He had
something (or should I say, hundreds of things)
crawling on his shoulders, arms and his jacket—the
same thing that had been on the rent check.
Through a crack in her door, the manager told us
to ask the resident to leave the office immediately,
and then declared that we would close the office
early. I was not sure what was going on, but I began
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preparing my things to go home.
Before I left, my co-worker offered to buy me
a muffin at the cafe across the street. I hesitated,
but I figured that it would probably be my first and
last day in the property management industry, so I
might as well get a muffin out of it.
Five years later, I’m still in the industry and have
had many more run ins with what I later found out
was called bed bugs. Without sitting down and talking over a muffin that day, I would have surely quit
that job. Instead, I decided to show up for my second
day on the job, and I’ve never regretted it. Whenever
things get tough, I always remember, there could be
a muffin around the corner!