Weeks & Macklin Real Estate sign
I noticed a new commercial advertising sign placed at the entrance of the housing estate where I live. The size of the face caught my attention, and it was the only sign located in this residential area. Given the zoning is residential, I didn’t think that a commercial sign should be positioned there. This post doesn’t relate directly to living with a disability as a Christian, but it could act as an example of advocacy. In this case, I was advocating on behalf of the residents who lived in the area.
History of communication from Bjorn Kunzel
I previously signed up for updates from the real estate agent, and recently received an SMS which mentioned…
‘Hi, sorry to bother you but I have buyers willing to pay a PREMIUM price for your property right now. Are you ready to sell? Regards, Bjorn Kunzel – 0404164447’
And I replied…
‘That’s ok. if you have buyers willing to pay a premium price for my property, tell me what they are willing to pay.’
I heard nothing back. So much for customer service.
Contacting Bjorn from Weeks & Macklin Real Estate about the sign
I sent Bjorn a SMS …
‘Sorry to bother you, but you are bothering me. Every time I drive into my street, I see an advert for your real estate company. Who gave you permission to put it there? Please remove ASAP’
And received prompt replies which included …
‘Sorry you feel that way John. I am not bothering you. I am simply doing my job’
‘Ps. I will not be removing the banner and have permission. It is not doing anyone harm’
‘Pps. If it goes missing I know who took it. You should be grateful for my services as a resident as I’m adding increased value to your property each year. You should be grateful. I will not be engaging with you further’
I didn’t feel grateful about having to see Bjorn’s face every time I drove past it. Given I was surprised about the permission he received, I asked who gave permission and provided my disappointment that he was accusing me of committing a future action! He was reluctant to give me an answer, but after asking three times, he finally mentioned that the council provided permission for the sign.
Next step the Port Adelaide Enfield Council
I sent an email which simply provided the photo, the location and a question. I simply wanted to know why the council would allow a commercial advertising sign to be located in a residential area. A week later I received a phone call from the council, and they advised that Weeks & Macklin Real Estate company hadn’t contacted them. There was no permission from the council and therefore Bjorn was lying. The council called Bjorn Kunzel and asked him to remove the sign.
Going, going, gone.
Similar to an auction, the sign by Weeks & Macklin Real Estate, was going, going…gone. It was a pity that Bjorn Kunzel lied to me, and didn’t listen and understand the needs of a resident.
My advice to the little people out there, if you see something that doesn’t seem right, take steps and don’t take NO for an answer. And share your experience, particularly if the other party resorted to lying, or making accusations about you.