Saturday, November 17, 2007


I recently had reason to visit a local attorney's office. Granted, this was not a happy visit (no details here), but when I walked in and saw what they were using for a coffee table in the lobby, it was all I could do not to "lose it."

This poor creature was encased in Plexiglas and was positioned between the chairs where the public was asked to wait for appointments. The plaque under the cayman reads, "Every Real Estate Project is a Potential."

When I asked about it, I was given a long, drawn-out explanation about how the founding attorney worked in real estate and used to have it in his office. I was proudly told "alligator" is a real estate term meaning a property with a negative cash flow, or one that "eats money" -- the opposite of a "cash cow."

As I sat there pondering how this animal had ended up as a piece of every-day furniture, I had to wonder why in the world they are STILL using it. My guess is they consider it an intimidation technique for opposing parties; a show of machismo. Or maybe it's just a bad case of ignorance. Regardless, I found it disgusting and highly unprofessional....and just plain SICK.


Anonymous said...

I thought it was further bad taste that they presented documents for signing with no other easy alternative than using the "coffee table" for a surface.

Bad taste is too soft a term. Yuck!

swansong said...

I really dislike how people treat animals. Alligators should be out eating birds and chasing Southeners through swamps, not all taxidermied-up for display.
Ew, ew gross [plus sadness, poor alligator].

Jan-Knit said...

Anonymous...You are so right!! In fact, I refused. I signed them on my lap!!

Squeaky said...

I don't know if I could have handled seeing that. The alligator concept is funny. Lawyers, though, should really have sharks in their office. (I'm not a big fan of lawyers. Some are great, though. I don't tend to generalize. Just a bit bitter! Hah.)

Oh well.

Valerie said...

Lawyers should have pond scum in their office. It would suit them better. -=giggle=- I see why they brought it with them (sentimentality) do I think they should have ? No.. I mean it's an attorney's office. Have a little bit of professionalism. You see something like that at a hunting lodge not a legal facility.

Jan-Knit said...

I want to be careful not condemn attorneys here...just the one office. Some of my best friends and relatives are competent attorneys and wonderful people. They would never even consider using dead animals for furniture!