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Posted - 05/09/2011 :  09:28:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit mentalmi's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I had an assignment for a lawsuit. As normal procedure, I contacted the client to confirm. She picked the day and time, which happened to be 5pm on a Saturday. No big deal. When I arrived, I knew the area. It was an apartment building, so I thought. It turned out to be a group home(unsupervised I might add). I knocked on the foyer door, which was open. I heard voices, so I called out, "Is anyone there". I was approached by two of the residents. I was then asked, actually shouted at, "Who are you?" I told them and then told them who I had an appointment with. They asked to see my business card, which seemed normal. They then told me that they had to speak to their supervisor first and that I had to leave until they did. I asked to speak to the supervisor myself, but they said they weren't there. I explained again who I was there to see and that I had some papers that I needed this person to sign. I was then shouted out again, "Who do you work for". I told them that I was a notary and one of screamed in my face "What the hell is a notary?" I then looked to my left and saw 2 more residents in the kitchen glaring at me.

I was loudly told to leave the building, which by now seemed like a great idea. As they were escorting me to the front door, rather quickly I might add, I noticed a door to my right. As they were pushing me out the door, I asked if that was where the supervisor's office was. They both said yes, opened the office door, and threw my business in the office like it was a frisbee. I told them I would be waiting outside for a few minutes so they could talk to their supervisor. When I got in my car, I called the client thinking that she could just come downstairs to sign the papers if she was even there. She answered the phone right away. I explained what had happened with her roommates and that I was waiting across the street in my car. She starting to shout at me on the phone, "You are a scam!" When I asked her why she would think that and told her that I had credentials to prove who I was she started shouting again, "This is not a business day and it is past business hours". I tried to remind her that she was the one who picked the day and time, but she just kept repeating, "You are a scam, you are a scam, this is not a business day you are a scam".

I hung up and immediately called my contact at the company and explained what happened. I explained to her that this was a very dangerous situation to be put into. Being sent to a group home with mentally challenged residents and not even been made away of it was a little more than should be expected of anyone. She said she had no idea of the situation, that her company had been hired by a law firm and nothing was told to them about the situation. I also looked up the company in charge of the group home and wanted to know why anyone could just walk into that building and why these residents were unsupervised. Prior to being a notary, I worked for a state mental hospital, so I had a little background into this situation, but it still was dangerous. I called a colleague and friend of mine and told her what had happened and the more I talked about it the more I laughed. Yes it was a little scary at first, and none of us should be put into a stiutation like that, but come on now, "WHAT'S A NOTATY???"
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