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hours. She hangs up the phone when I enter the room. The signs are all there. So I followed her this morning and here you are. I assumed ... ” “OK, now,Mrs.Williams,Mary, why don’t you tell me


why you are here?” She looked at her husband, took a deep breath, and said:


“I got your business card from Shirley. She is the building managerwhere Iwork andwe are friends. She said youwould helpme.” Ah, Shirley, my on-again, off-again girlfriend.We cur-


rently were on again and I liked it. Good girl; she was out there gettingme some business. “I’min big trouble,Mr.Manning, and I couldn’t tell Joe.


Hewould do something stupid like he did just now. I love him, Mr.Manning, but he goes off half-cocked and he could get himself hurt. “I work for a large accounting firm,” she said. “I’m the


office manager and handle most of the administrative tasks. One of them is issuing parking permits for the lot next to the building. I pass out the tags that people hang on theirmirrors. We change themeverymonth.Usually I take a check down to the fellow who runs the parking and he givesme the new per- mits. They are a different color each month. I then pass them out to the people who are eligible for parking. “This month I went down and there was a new parking


manager. He said that they had a new policy and I should pay for the permits in cash. If I did, my company would get a big discount and I would get a ‘finder’s fee,’he called it. “Now I’m just an office manager,” Mary said, “but I


knew this was a scam of some kind. So I told him to take his parking permits and, well, the location of where I wanted him to put themwasn’t too ladylike. “I went back to my office and calmed down. The phone


rang and it was the parking manger. He was angry and told me that I had better have the cash by this Friday or our com- pany would get no parking. “I was stuck, Mr. Manning. I couldn’t go to my boss;


parking ismy responsibility.This guywas threateningme. Joe caught me talking to Shirley, and I didn’t want him to know I was in trouble.” “Threaten my wife, will he? I’ll take that parking


guy apart.” Williams stood up and headed for the door. “Stop him,Mr.Manning. He’ll get hurt.” Williams wasn’t exactly the biggest guy in the room. In


fact, he was 5-foot-5 and 145. He was like a bantam rooster. All fluff and no beak. “Wait a minute,Williams,” I said. “Before we take this


guy down, we need a plan.” I figured that was the best way to stop him for the


moment. Involve him in the process. He stopped, turned around and sat down. I had everything under control, just not a lot of ideas as to where to go fromthere. “OK, I’ll help you out. But you both need to understand


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that I knowhowto handle this; it’swhat I do for a living. First, we need more information; I will get that. Then we’ll meet again and talk about it. “There’s obviously a shakedown going on,” I said, “and I’m certain the building ownership knows nothing about it.


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