Wednesday, March 23

Mama Says...


As some of you know, I work for a student vacation rental company here in North Myrtle Beach. We're one of a very few companies that rent beach houses and condo's to college spring breakers, and even high school students, with no chaperones...every week during high school graduation season, our company houses between 1500-2000 graduating high school seniors. Can you say insanity?

It's an incredible blessing to have a job in this economy, and even more so considering I work with some awesome people, and get to interact with our future leaders (be afraid... JUST KIDDING!)
Anyway, working in an environment such as this makes for LOADS of "What the heck?" moments and stories so out there you know you'll be sharing them for the rest of your life.
Here's an example -- totally true: During the warm months, turnaround in beach houses is quick. Those housekeepers go in after the kids check out at 10am, and get down & dirty cleaning...then at 3pm, the next group arrives to check in.
So like every other time, the housekeepers enter one of the most popular beachfront houses the company has, and are stunned to see every wall and available space covered in graffiti done with Sharpie markers. I'm not talking about "Bobby & Sue 2-gether, 4-ever" But really GRAPHIC, jaw-dropping stuff. So the housekeepers, who've pretty much seen it all, got some KILZ and did a quickie paint job (but not before snapping photos for evidence of the dirty deed) and the next group checked in to a house with damp paint still on the walls. When the parents of the little angels received the bill for damages, they called our offices, indignant, informing us that their fine, upstanding offspring would never do such a thing...and then we sent them the photographs, many of which had specific names of their kids stating what they'd done to whom while at the beach...(use your imagination! LOL) -- They paid the bill without any further argument.

And here's another: We check in a group of kids, and within a few minutes they're back in the office, looking upset. "It reeks in there" one of them says. They all nod their heads in agreement. That's strange...the housekeepers have it checked off as having been cleaned right after the last check-out...but hmmm...that was a few days ago, this group is just here for a partial week. We send someone over to check it out, and sure enough, it reeks! So thankfully there's another appropriately sized house to move the kids into. Then the housekeepers head over to re-clean. They really go at that house, and with plenty of bleach. They freshen every drain and scrub everything they can think of, and by the time they leave, all they can smell is bleach, so they close up the house and check it off as "clean." We don't give it another thought until the next week of check-ins, and this time the group comes back telling us it smells like a dead body is in the place! Uh-oh...
So somethings obviously going on, and we have to get to the bottom of it, so a crew of employees go over and enter the house. Thank the Lord I was not there, because apparently it was like being hit in the face with a sledgehammer full of stink. (According to my husband.) They began sniffing, trying to locate the source...not an easy task when you're nauseous and about to be sick from the smell...but finally one guy says, "Hey! It's coming from this picture!" It was a framed print, hanging on the wall. They peeked behind it and lo & behold, there was a hole in the wall! I'll cut to the chase; after much ripping away of walls, beams, etc... they found the carcass of a store-bought chicken. The last actual inhabitants had thought it would be hysterical to buy a raw chicken and hide it in the house. --Can you tell I'm not laughing? OK, actually, I am since it's ancient history...funny how things can get funnier the farther in the past they are. :)

Finally, there's this...and I've saved one of the very best for last! :) This happened several years ago, but has become a part of our company to the extent that it's posted on our website to this day. A kid left a wallet behind that the housekeepers turned in, and as per usual, one of the employees looks for identification in it so it can hopefully be returned to its owner. Inside was something so much better than an ID - it was a laminated card with the following printed on it:

12 comments:

Katherine said...

HAHAHA! And to think my mother wanted to take the trash out for you. Should have left a chicken instead.

Michele Chastain said...

LOL -- Make sure you tell her about this before she comes back!

Bethe77 said...

Oh my! What stories you ahve to tell. I love it. But.... I would say i love the wallent adn the note left by momma the best. I think every teenager should ahve that note PINNED on them.
Blessings

kris said...

Love that list, but it applies to us adults too. We still have a little "spring break" left in us -- thank God for keeping us youthful at heart. ; )

WheelchairDecor said...

Thanks for such a funny (?) post
What a great mom that boy has! When my kids leave the house, my favorite thing to say is, "Be good and have fun...it is possible"! My kids give me a blank stare and then leave! lol Becky Jane

Michele Chastain said...

My son and his friends probably get so tired of me... before they leave the house, I always tell them to make sure they wear their seatbelts and NO TEXTING while driving! I used to tell my son he had to answer his cell phone whenever I called so I could make sure he was ok, and not worry. When too many times he ignored my calls, I told him that he could pay his own cell phone bill, thinking he would for sure make sure to answer my calls from then on -- NOPE...he pays his own bill now...little brat.

Stuff could always be worse said...

I am sure you have stories to tell. This is how a Momma feels :)
kim

Yenta Mary said...

Ya just can't make this kind of stuff up! If you tried to sell it to a Hollywood producer, he'd tell you it was too outlandish even for those "frat rat" kinda movies!

Karen Mortensen said...

Wow. That note was cute. Hope he obeyed it.

Tracie said...

Hi there from one SC girl to another! My family and I are in your neck of the woods at least twice a year. I live in Lancaster County near Charlotte,NC. I remember my Graduation week at Myrtle Beach, it was 19 years ago this year. I should have had a note like that in my purse, LOL! Good times!

Nancy StylenDecorDeals.blogspot.com said...

What a great mom to give her son a note like that!
As far as the chicken, I can't laugh because I just wonder what type of home these kids came from. I would hope my children would never destroy someone else's property. If my son even pounds on the table in anger when playing a video game, the game is taken away immediately.
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That little note is WONDERFUL!!! I love it!!

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