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Warning: Rant-ish post to follow. You’ve been warned. Carry on.

Is it just me, or are people becoming increasingly helpless? Dealing with the public on a daily basis, it’s understood that we are going to run across a wide variety of people, of varying backgrounds and education levels. In the last several years though, it would seem that people are becoming more and more needy.

Take this weekend for instance. We have a group of 4 staying in one of our airbnb properties in Charlotte. The main guest, who is also apparently an Airbnb host in her hometown, had the following issues:

What continues to fascinate me in these scenarios is that this person likely has a good job, likely raised a family, likely is a wonderfully contributing member of society… yet, by all accounts is completely helpless. How is that possible? It’s hard out there…you know? How does someone like this navigate complex things like medical insurance, investments, taxes, driving, grocery shopping, breathing?

Now let me be clear. Having dealt with the public in one professional capacity or another for the last 20+ years, I have developed a great deal of patience. But some people just take you past your limit. I’ve treated this guest with respect, and will continue to do so both for her and her inevitable twin that will stay with us at a future date. Knowing nothing good ever comes from showing your frustration to the world at large. Plus, that’s what you all are for! Smooches.

The reality is, no amount of preparation and house manuals would have prevented this scenario. There are simply people who ask before looking, want help before trying, and want you to stop what you are doing and tend to their needs, no matter how trivial – period.

Rant over.

See you on the journey…

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