August 8, 2012 : What The Hell Is This?
So I think everyone knows that I use Bandit Signs as one of the primary ways to generate leads. I’ve always made it clear that I would take the risk by putting them out, in hopes that the Code Enforcement office of Jacksonville Florida wouldn’t discover me. I use a Google Voice Number, answering service, the whole bit. But guess what? My luck has run out. 🙁 Boooo
I don’t visit my brokerage office very often. Especially during the summer when Mallory is out of school. Dan and I like to work from home when she’s here. We still pop in a few times a week to check the mail, get away for a minute, meet people, etc. Well lo and behold – guess what was waiting for me in my mailbox? A certified letter from City of Jacksonville!
Right away, I knew what it was. My first thought was, “how in the HELL did they find me”?? I didn’t get it. I didn’t even open it. I threw it in the trash. In other words, I turned my cheek to it. About 7 days later, ANOTHER letter in the mailbox. This time, it said if I purposely avoid picking up a fine from the city, it’s a misdemeanor. That didn’t sound good.
So I called the code enforcement office to see what the damage was. They told me that they had photos of my signs, read my sign to me, and called out the phone number on the sign. Then told me that I had a fine for $55.00 waiting for me, and it needed to be paid immediately. So I asked them to email it to me. Here’s the actual copy of the fine:
There are a few things about this that are super strange.
#1 – the Violation is written to Caywood Realty. That is the name of my Brokerage Firm. THEY DONT EVEN PUT SIGNS OUT.
#2 – the location where the violation is occurred is in the ghetto!! It is VERY RARE that I put signs out in the ghetto, simply because I prefer NOT to buy houses there. I don’t even know the last time that I put a sign on the corner of Moncrief Rd and Edgewood Av.
Oh well. In some mysterious way, they’ve associated “TRACY BUYS HOUSES” with “CAYWOOD REALTY”. I have no idea how they even made the relation. It’s baffling.
But I didn’t fight it. I went to the Tax Collector’s office and I paid my $55 Fine.