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Over the holiday break, the 350 East 52nd Street Tenants Association received several e-mails & usual complaints from building residents.  We share them with you here:

e-mail dated 12/14/11

I moved out of building November 1st, and Koeppel was supposed to return my funds. He decided to deduct $500 from deposit (total amount was $2800), and now he is refusing to issue the check to me.
I’ve been trying to get my funds back for the last two weeks, I’ve called Duell Management every day. Today Koeppel told me I sounded like someone that should be deported and when I called Maria from the Accounting at Duell to follow up after that, she started yelling at me, telling me I was a nightmare, stating that now they would deliberately not give me my check and I may call the Attorney General if I want.

Please advise me how to proceed further.

On Dec 18th, we received this e-mail:
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I had an issue with my ups package which according to my tracking # had been delivered but our doormen could not locate and claimed they never saw. After I spent an hour arguing with ups because they swore it was picked up, Steve luckily remembered seeing a box with my name. It turned out that one of the doormen marked the box with the wrong apt number so nobody saw it laying there.
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And on Dec 19th:
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As I passed through the lobby, a man from 10K was returning a box they marked in HUGE black letters 10K & gave to him.  The box was addressed to Apt. 10 E  & luckily he noticed before opening. . . .
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Dec. 23rd:
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Tenant received a package dated June 6th.  It had been in the building since June!
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Begin scheduled program:
[Scene: although 350 East 52nd Street displays not one wreath, not one menorah, not one kinara, holiday light, holiday card or any hint of the holiday season, tenants feel the joy!  Newest super, Jay Juan Melendez, stands in lobby, hovering over day doorman all day long, everyday. No one can figure out what his purpose is.]
Monday, Dec. 19th:
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Jesus is the replacement doorman who works the 3:00 – 11:00 shift in the building. He’s one of those people it would be difficult for anyone to dislike.  He’s an experienced doorman with lots of integrity, good manners and a great personality.  It seems that even the tenants who did not want to like any of the replacement staff can’t help but to really like Jesus.  Even the strikers love him!  He’s generally early to work, always impeccably dressed and ready with a smile & a kind word.  On December 19th he arrived to work 12 minutes late. It was the 1st time he had ever been late and was visibly upset over it.  His train skipped a station & he had to go uptown & then back down.  When he arrived at 350, Jay Jaun Melendez, (aka “JJ”), our newest “building manager” greeted him at the door. Jesus apologized and explained to JJ what happened with the train. An argument ensued and JJ called Jesus a “liar” and a “faggot”. (I thought that word went out with the 80’s. . . )  According to the strikers and resident cast members, the argument in the middle of the lobby got pretty heated.
JJ left for home and it wasn’t long before Jesus was able to shake the bad vibes from our lobby.
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Tuesday, Dec. 20th:
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Jesus received a call from JJ prior to his shift. He has been fired.  No reason was given, he was simply told not to come in to work.   Resident cast members are beyond devastated – they’re angry – really angry!
Leave it to a Modern Staffing thug to fire the most loved replacement doorman we’ve had five days before Christmas!
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[scene: small bald man wearing jeans and diamond earrings stands in corner of lobby feeling ‘big’ after firing his second employee in his 3 or so weeks as the ‘building manager’ of 350 E. 52nd Street.  Commercial break]
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One resident cast member made a flyer and hung them in the mail room and on each floor by the elevator so that cast members planning to give Jesus a holiday tip could still do so.
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[Roll clip of flyer]
The fliers were put up in the afternoon.
[New character introduction: “Booth”, name changed to hide the identity of non-“cast” character]
For some unknown reason that resident cast members are still trying to figure out, one building resident, Booth, became furious when she saw the fliers.  Cast members witnessed Booth running around 350 tearing down each of the fliers floor by floor.
Being that the resident cast members needed to be informed about Jesus’ termination and the collection of holiday cards & tips, the cast re-posted the fliers again at 10:30 that evening.
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Wednesday, Dec 21st pre-dawn:
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5:30 am Booth is running around the building taking down the fliers for the second time.
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In an apparent attempt to ruin Christmas for our strikers, William Koepell showed up at 350 East 52nd Street.  It was a gloomy, rainy day in the city.  The men were gifted a tent from one of the cast to protect them from the rain. Here they are in their tent on theday they received it.
Koeppel told our striking doormen that the tent they were standing under resembled that of the refugees in Rawanda and like the refugees, “you guys  should be wiped out.”
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Around 2:00 pm, fliers re: Jesus are individually re-distributed for the third time – this time under all resident doors in the building.
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This cockroach was found in the stairwell by cast member distributing fliers:
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Dec. 22
JJ threw out Resident cast member Laurie’s new box of dog treats that the doorman kept at the lobby desk for the building pets. This was apparently retaliation for the flyer she made informing the rest of the cast about the way JJ fired Jesus.
JJ told temporary staffers that he had told Laurie he would throw the treats out if she did not remove them.  According to Laurie, that conversation never happened.
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That very same day that JJ lied about the box of dog biscuits and Booth ran around the building tearing down the fliers, Laurie’s Christmas decorations were stolen right off her door!  And then the perpetrator put huge scratch marks on the door.
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[introduction of new character;  replacement doorman, Daniel temporarily joins the cast]
On Saturday, December 31st, resident cast members discover a new ‘stranger’ manning the door.  Eyes roll almost instantaneously as residents round the corner from the elevator bank into the lobby.  The “here we go again”  look is the same on everyone’s face through out the day as they greet yet another replacement doorman.  Knowing he too will be fired soon, no one gives him too much attention.  The tenants are still grieving the loss of Jesus and have no intention of putting themselves in the vulnerable situation by liking another temporary staffer.
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Daniel’s first day on the job began at 7:00am.  He was still at the desk at 7:00 pm – in fact, he was still there at 7:00 am the next day!  The rocket scientists at Modern Staffing thought it would be a good idea to have an inexperienced doorman work a 24 hour shift alone in the lobby on New Year’s eve of all nights.  (Go JJ!)  We’re not sure who was scheduled to relieve Daniel after his 24 hour shift, but when no one arrived and he was nearing his 25th hour, he went home.
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To be continued – Stay tuned for part II – JJ refuses to give Jesus his paycheck, robbery in the lobby & this weeks police activity  . . .
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