Negative Reviews on Google

It was a pleasant day once the sun climbed high enough to get our temps up to where it was bearable outdoors, and as we draw closer to the winter solstice, a person can really tell how few daylight hours there are in comparison to our long nighttime ones. As cold as it was this morning, I found it took a half-way journey to office before my vehicle warmed up. Thank goodness I’ve been dressing appropriately since Monday’s cold wave arrived.

With my early morning free, I took the time to finish up on my office accounting which is now complete for another month, and with this being the last month of the year, I can now start preparing for my year-end reports.

While on the phone with one of my colleagues today, I mentioned that incident which took place with a door being forced closed to the point I couldn’t get it unlocked, along with sharing the name of the company that did it. After fully explaining what happened, he was in complete agreement as to why I had every right to be upset, and mainly because of their carelessness and unwillingness to take ownership of it.

Well, after being alerted to a number of negative Google reviews I received within an 8 hour timeframe today from people I don’t even know, I figured it was likely the owner of that company and/or his two workers that decided they were going to punish me by posting those bogus Google reviews. I can’t think of anything more childish, but again in these times, there are growing numbers of people who absolutely refuse to take responsibility of their errors, and even to the point of re-creating the past and talking about something that never even happened.

I suspect one of them read my article last night, but being as careful as I am about not mentioning names, places and companies unless it’s necessary, they went on the attack. Unfortunately for them, they have yet to come to an understanding of how karma works. I chastised them for something they refused to take ownership of which was appropriate, but for them to kick back and post bogus negative reviews on Google, along with a lengthy fictitious narrative, then that’s when karma’s gonna step in.

This hiding behind their cell phones and internet platforms to do their dirty little deeds, is just another example of how flawed our society has become. It’s no wonder why more people don’t want to have work done by those they don’t know because in these times it’s a crap shoot. I thought it far too coincidental that the person who posted that lengthy Google review, was using the same words I used when talking about that incident.

Those people involved have absolutely no idea how much this will all spill back on them, and mostly due to the fact that I’ve never met or talked to them. Can you imagine someone talking about you on a media platform you don’t even know and never having crossed paths? It says a great deal about the mindsets of such of individuals who seem to go out looking for someone to bash, and unfortunately I personally believe it’s all about wanting attention, even if it’s in a bad way. I can assure you, if anyone asks me the name of that company from yesterday and who the owner is, I’ll freely and willing tell them because of what they’re attempting to do to Holtz Realty’s reputation. It’s unforgivable, and it all got started when they forced a door closed that I couldn’t get opened. After getting a good night’s sleep, I think if I were them, I’d remove those “fake” reviews and move on. Most don’t realize there are laws in place regarding slander, defamation of character and loss of business. Once again, it’s all on them.

On a positive note, I can say nearly my entire afternoon was spent inspecting properties which’ll be coming on the market in the near future. One of them is tenant occupied which meant I had to wait until they could be there to let me in. When I walked in, the first think I said was, “Believe it or not, I’ve sold this home twice before over the years.” I’m not sure if they believed me, but most don’t realize I’ve been selling homes for a good number of years.

The second inspection was an absolute delight because it’s one of the cleanest and well-kept homes I’ve inspected in a very long time. I can’t begin to tell you how beautiful the original woodwork was, and especially when finding the person who build it having used hardwoods where most would’ve changed back to a much cheaper pine or fir.

I spent more time there than I normally do on a pre-listing, and only for the reason my wanting the sellers to understand the whole process of selling their home. If it doesn’t sell right out of the gates, then I’ll be convinced we’ve either run out of buyers, or the market has slowed. The real litmus test for that being a “quick sale”, was “seeing” myself comfortably living in that home. Yes, it’s a beauty and hopefully whomever buys it, will take equally good care of it going forward.

For the first time in many years, I went to have a key made at one of our hardware stores, and wouldn’t you know, they didn’t have a blank for it, so I drove clear across town to Central Lock, and to my shock, they also didn’t have a blank. They did go ahead and order one which I’m hoping will be what they need. It was one more testimony to American quality when knowing that key fits an existing lockset to the front door of a home built back in 1920, and still working like a charm. Now just think how many times we’ve had to change locks on doors that went bad, and nearly all of them having been manufactured off-shore. Yes, the standards of quality have diminished in nearly all areas of society which deeply troubles me.

Tonight’s One-liner is: The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists, which is why they invented Hell.

Joe Chodur

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