Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tip - if your company makes "People You'll See in Hell," that's usually a bad sign

You remember the Broadstone Foothill Apartments controversy from earlier this month. See my prior post in Empoprise-BI, and the follow-up in Empoprise-IE, and the final post in Empoprise-BI. In the third post, I noted that Candyse Wardlow noted that "corporate" would send a response, but that the situation would be resolved.

Well, the whole story has made the blog "People You'll See in Hell." I've quoted from this blog previously, in recounting the story of Arielle Smith, accused of putting Andre Jenkins in a clothes dryer until he died.

As you can imagine, getting cited in "People You'll See In Hell" is not a good thing.

Excerpts from the post:

Carlos Ortiz recently received a bill for $2,821 from [Broadstone] Foothill Apartment Homes, the landlords of his ex-wife Alicia Ortiz’s apartment in Upland, California. The bill was for rent and penalties incurred when she broke her lease with the company back in December of 2008. He had co-signed for her, and since she seems to be unable to pay herself, Carlos got stuck with the tab.

You’re probably saying to yourself, “Hey now Max, that doesn’t sound unreasonable at all, much less Hellworthy.” Yeah, you wouldn’t think so, would you?

Except Alicia Ortiz is, or was, the Sister-In-Law of Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, the asshole who dressed up like Santa Claus, crashed his In-Laws Christmas party, shot eight people to death in cold blood and burned the house down with a homemade flamethrower. Mrs. Ortiz and her 17-year-old son were among the dead.

People You'll See in Hell subsequently reprinted the followup article from the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, which included this:

Officials with the Alliance Rental Company, which manages the Broadstone Foothill Apartment homes in Upland, said the company will no longer seek $2,200 from Ortiz's daughters nor her ex-husband.

"The company did not plan to pursue and will not pursue that," Alliance Spokeswoman Marcia Scott said Thursday.

But a Jan. 29, itemized invoice sent to Ortiz's survivors and stamped "balance due" indicated the dead woman's estate owed $1,655 to the apartment community for "insufficient notice to vacate."

It billed Ortiz for 12 days' rent and other fees accrued weeks after she was murdered.

When asked about sending the bill with a balance due to the surviving family Scott said it is "part of California law to send out a closing statement."

The post itself ended with a voting question. I didn't vote, but over 130 people did.

Does [Broadstone] Foothill Apartment Homes Deserve To Do The Rest Of Their Business In Hell?

Yes (87.0%, 117 Votes)
No (13.0%, 17 Votes)


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