After I bought my apartment my real estate agent told me not to look at property listings for a quite awhile. She was trying to prevent me from comparing prices after the deal was done, when nothing could be done about my purchase. Of course, I ignored her and have been looking at listings in my building and the other towers in my complex ever since.
This afternoon, I was returning from tennis outing when I noticed an open house sign outside my building lobby. I was curious as to what floor plan was for sale and for how much. It turned out that the realtor was in the lobby waiting for people to come by. He was a younger agent perhaps late 20s to early 30s. He offered to bring me up to a two-bedroom and show me around and also give me a price listing of the other apartments available in the building. I was able to see one of the two-bedroom layouts that I’d never seen before so that was quite interesting. I then inquired about the one-bedroom that was also for sale. Now this is the other one-bedroom layout in the building and it’s smaller in size than mine. The realtor told me the unit currently had a tenant so he couldn’t show it to me but he had some photos of the place on his digital camera.
He brought out his camera and proceeded to show me a wonderful view from the balcony of this apartment. He then pressed a button to show the previous picture. I was expecting another shot of the apartment but what we both saw was something entirely different. What I saw instead was a young woman with makeup on, reclining on what appeared to be a black leather couch of sorts. She was dressed in what appeared to be a black silk robe or teddy. She was posed both seductively and playfully. There was a mischievous smile on her face. One of her legs was bent, showing off a bit of leg. To be clear, there wasn’t any nudity and the picture wasn’t any more scandalous than any 50s pinup picture.
Nonetheless, the realtor appeared to be momentarily embarrassed and could only muster a “whoops” before quickly pressing another button to advance the picture back to the original balcony view. He then proceeded to show me the rest of the pictures which I no longer had any interest in. After I got the price list from him, I thanked him for his time and left.
Let this be a lesson for you. If you’re going to use a camera for business, don’t mix your personal stuff with your work related shots.