LEON Protection

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Booksie Classic
This is the story of a burglar alarm company.

Submitted: August 09, 2014

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LEON Protection

 

FYI - for the purpose of this story Homes Protection is a Manhattan based burglar alarm company.

 

The year is 1997.  In a desperate attempt to salvage what was left of the company the owners decided to change the company name.  The name of Homes Protection had become too greatly associated with gross negligence, incompetence, and mismanagement.  Something had to be done, and quickly.

 

A new operating name was to be chosen, one which would demonstrate confidence and integrity to the companies' remaining customers, subscribers, many creditors, potential investors or future customers, and the world at large.  Unfortunately the company's reputation was such that nobody wanted their names to be associated with it.  With one exception, that is.  One jerk Serviceman (servicemen being the people who repair the alarm equipment when it  breaks down) said that it would be ok to use his name.  Thus "Leon Protection" was hatched, not born.

 

The effects of this change became immediately apparent.  At the main office when answering the telephone instead of saying "Good morning, Homes protection" the receptionist would say "Good morning LEON Protection."  At the field office when answering the phone the operator instead of screaming "HOMES!  WHAT YOU WANT?!?'" the operator would scream "LEON!  WHAT YOU WANT?!?" before putting the caller on hold for 20 minutes. 

 

When responding to alarms and finding a customer inside of the premises instead of yelling "HOMES!" Response Agents and Serviceman would yell "LEON!"  Eventually the idea caught on.  Subscribers/customers stopped saying "I'm sick of Homes" and started to say "I'm sick of LEON!" before disconnecting and taking their business to other alarm companies. 

 

The jerk Serviceman's head swelled up like a basketball, hearing his name spoken so many times a day, regardless of the context of which it was being used.  Eventually the company was sold, and the original operating name returned to.  The jerk Serviceman is still around today, bragging about "The good old days when the company was still LEON and not Homes." 

 

 

 

 


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