A very well-known, public figure/celebrity moved into the area and contacted us about planting trees (LOTS of trees) for privacy for the property. Hey, if I was rich and famous, I would want the privacy too! Long story short, I was on the clock until after 11 PM last Friday night working together with my boss to try to get the quote down, and keep the numbers as low as possible. They were big, evergreen trees to be installed on two sides of the property, and mature trees aren't cheap, like those little 3' arborvitae you see at BJ's or Costco. Needless to say, our efforts went to hell in a hand basket, and the property manager informed us that the client decided not to use us. Okay. No big deal, right?
WRONG! The property is well known in this area, and it used to be open to the public. The client posted pictures and added hash tags to her posts on different social media platforms. The property was/is well-documented from the previous owners, and the images and hash tags the new owner posted could EASILY tie said person to the property, thereby "silently announcing" the location of where he/she now resides. So, what did I do? OMG... it knots my stomach just to think about it...
I contacted the property manager, and asked that he/she forward my email and letter to the new owner. I spoke specifically of the posts, pictures and hash tags, and let the famous person know that I (not being a rocket scientist) could figure it out, which means others would soon follow.
Half of me feels like throwing up, because I had no right to contact this person, but I felt it was my duty to point out how many pictures and articles are already published on the internet, and how easily the pictures that were being posted could be tied directly to the property location. The other half of me is SO relieved, because I was really struggling with it, and now it's out of my control. I said what I had to say, I offered my suggestions, and what he/she does with that information is no longer on my shoulders.
I hope this famous person doesn't think I'm a complete nut-job. Just in case, I wrote, "if it makes you feel any better, my address is _____." Hahaha! Then, I was like - oh shit.... What if the cops show up to arrest some lunatic that's harassing a celebrity? Breathe.... Relax.... You did it. It's done. You needed to do it. Get it out of your system. Just breathe. I know in my heart of hearts I did the right thing. I can only hope it wasn't taken the wrong way.