Email from resident: thanks all.
I am appalled at the way I am treated by security at the Met. I have a parking issue as well. When I moved in some years back at the height of the housing market, I paid almost 1/2 mill for my condo because I could not even touch a house. For that kind of money I would expect the employees to be nice.
When I bought the place, here in woodland hills, we had 2 cars and a major concern was the tandem parking. It was not convenient for us (2 cars) to use it because we come and go at different times. I was assured by the sales rep at the Met that parking was a non issue and told that 1 car can be in the garage and 1 can park in front. We did just that until the rules changed and we were forced to park the cars tandem. After that I began working from home and not using my car daily because it was easier to just use the car in the back as to not have to shuffle cars around. To make a long story short, the car in the back was always used and the one in front was rarely used, because it was not convenient to move them around.
I began getting tickets daily on the front car. I contacted the HOA which told me I could not store a car on the property and to remove it if we only needed the one. We are two people with 2 cars! if he is not here and I have an emergency I should have a car. I should not be told that I need to use it daily or risk it getting towed. We are not talking about a POS car. Its a car I still make payments on that is not used often due to convenience or inconvenience of tandem parking.
After another ticket and threat of towing for not using the car that day, I wanted to talk to security about it. Upon leaving the lot I pulled over, got out and tried to talk to the two guards who just gave us another ticket minutes back. Here is what happened. What I am SO ANGRY over.
I parked, got out and said can I talk to you. There was a large white male and a shorter Hispanic one. I approached the Hispanic guard and said “I would like to talk about the ticket you just gave me”, the larger white guard walked around to the passenger side of my car and started looking in it with his flashlight, kinda like a cop would do. I said “what are you doing”, and approached him, he then said “step away from the car, ma’m” I don’t remember exact words, but it was along the lines of “I live here, I need to talk about a ticket and why the hell are you trying to search my car”. He replied with something like just making sure that no one is in the car, m’am. I was like like who cares who is in the car. Then I got angry, I did say “I live here and pay your salary, Your job is to protect my property” or something like that. Then it got ugly.
The larger guy put his hand on his gun and said “calm down ma’m”. I got angrier and asked if he was seriously going to shoot me over parking. After that he ORDERED me to go home. Are you kidding me? I did take off because I was worried about some steroid freak with a gun falling off the deep end and shooting me. It’s outrageous! why do they need guns? Did I pay almost 500K to live in the Projects of a Ghetto? Why would anyone do that?
Now, I worry about it all the time, I know they have guns and some of them are amped up enough to maybe use them. This is a private community. We do not have gangs here or shootouts. I do not feel safe. What happens if someone does rub that guy the wrong way and it’s not a woman? Will he shoot him?
I hate living here but like most am so upside down. Just so you know where the attitude from the security comes from, my neighbor, after hearing my story started a dialect and asked them, the other assignments they have are in the “projects” and crime infested neighborhoods. The security guard my neighbor talked to said it “was a hard adjustment” and more boring for them.
How sad for us all!