Living in a bustling NYC apartment can sometimes come with its fair share of challenges, and Alex experienced one that left him questioning the integrity of his exterminator. In this story, we’ll delve into the whole story of Alex’s encounter and discuss the steps he took to address the situation.
The Arrival of the Mysterious Stickers
It all started with some perplexing exterminator stickers that seemed to appear on Alex’s door regularly despite no actual treatment in his apartment.
The management company was responsible for sending an exterminator to treat every unit on Fridays, and if no one was home, they would leave a sticker as a confirmation.
It Left Them Puzzled and Annoyed
However, in Alex’s case, even when his wife worked from home, they would find these stickers pinned to their door, leaving them puzzled and somewhat annoyed.
The Unprofessional Exterminator
One fateful Friday, Alex happened to be off work when he heard what sounded like a gust of wind pushing against the front door.
Intrigued, he opened the door and found the exterminator halfway inside the elevator. Determined to have his apartment treated, Alex promptly asked the exterminator to do his job.
Eye Rolls and Sarcasm
In response, the exterminator rolled his eyes, emitted a deep sigh of annoyance, and reluctantly returned to Alex’s apartment to carry out the treatment.
Sensing the exterminator’s unprofessional attitude, Alex decided to ask some basic questions about the safety of the poison for his cat.
Months of Mystery
However, the exterminator replied with condescending and sarcastic responses, aggravating Alex further.
Despite confronting the exterminator, Alex and his wife found themselves not seeing him again for months, although they continued to discover his stickers adorning their door!
Eventually, their worst fears came true when roaches began to make unwelcome appearances in their apartment.
Determined to uncover the truth about the stickers, Alex devised a plan with his wife. He instructed her to sit in absolute silence and listen intently for any noise coming from the front door.
Uncovering the Truth
Their strategy paid off when one day, Alex’s wife heard a suspicious sound, prompting her to rush to the door.
She swung it open just in time to catch a glimpse of the exterminator hastily retreating into the closing elevator doors.
Lodging a Complaint
Shocked and disturbed by what they had witnessed, Alex wasted no time in contacting the management company to lodge a complaint.
He told them about the exterminator’s habitual act of leaving stickers without actually knocking or ringing the doorbell and highlighted how unprofessional it was.
The Exterminator’s Return
Within half an hour of making the complaint, the exterminator returned, visibly upset, and directed his anger toward Alex’s wife for getting him in trouble.
He Left Without Further Incident
Unfortunately, Alex was not present at the time to intervene. Despite the confrontation, the exterminator treated the apartment as required and left without further incident.
For the next two visits, he did knock and treat the apartment without any additional trouble.
The Catastrophic Treatment
However, the situation took a turn for the worse on the following Friday. When the exterminator rang the doorbell, Alex’s wife dutifully let him in, expecting a routine treatment.
To their utter dismay, instead of following standard protocol, the exterminator unleashed a barrage of roach poison gel all over their apartment.
Photographing the Contamination
The gel covered the walls and the floor and even contaminated their cookware and their cat’s food and water bowls.
Recognizing the severity of the situation, Alex’s wife quickly took photographs of the extent of the contamination, ensuring they had solid evidence to support their case.
The Supervisor’s Apology
Alex wasted no time in contacting the management company once again to report the incident.
The supervisor promptly apologized, assuring Alex that the exterminator wouldn’t be working there any longer.
What Are His Options?
Now, Alex is rightfully concerned about his options. It’s clear that the exterminator’s actions were not only unprofessional but also posed serious health hazards to Alexander, his wife, and their beloved cat.
The Supervisor Downplayed the Incident
The supervisor downplayed the incident as a shoddy job, but the extent of the contamination speaks volumes.
So, what can Alexander do in this situation?
Legal Recourse and Safety Precautions
They suggested that Alex can file a complaint against the extermination company with the state regulatory board responsible for overseeing such practices.
This action not only holds the company accountable, but also sends a clear message that such behavior is unacceptable.
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