A garage manager who is paid over $100,000 a year, has been fined $16,000 for stealing $10,000 worth of parking from the city of Los Angeles. Seem he stored three vehicles in the garage he managed and didn’t pay the fee. According to the article listed on parknews.biz, he could have been fined as much as $33,000 but the ethics committee had mercy on him and halved the amount because he cooperated with the committee.
My only question, “Why does he still have a job?”
If this guy was playing fast an loose with one rule (can’t park more than one of your own cars in the garage, the one you drove to work) how many more rules is he ignoring. Has there been a full-fledged audit of this facility?
This is not unusual in our industry. I know of cases where tens of thousands of dollars have been stolen from a garage, and the manager was involved. However he was so well loved by the garage owner and the parkers, that the operator simply repaid the money lost and the manager kept his job.
How can we expect our employees to follow the rules, if the managers aren’t held to a high standard?
Don’t get me wrong. I know there are operators that would fire an employee in a New York minute if they were caught abusing their authority. And I know its very difficult to fire a public employee (don’t get me started on that) but please, this guy makes six figures, has a position of responsibility in a major facility in downtown Los Angeles, and is getting away with just a fine.
We cannot consider ourselves a profession until we stop this kind of abuse.