Has anyone else ever noticed that simply because you're a planner working at City Hall you suddenly become in your neighbors' eyes the Representative of All Government?
I can't take out the freakin trash or mow my lawn without being accosted by neighbors who either:
A) want to complain about some issue with the municipality that I have absolutely NOTHING to do with......"Don't you work at city hall? How come you won't replace my mailbox? One of the snowplows hit it two years ago and now it has funny tilt to it and whenever a heavy truck goes by it vibrates so much that it keeps leaning over further and further. See how it is? It must be listing almost eight degrees...." or "How come you keep raising my property taxes so much every year?" or "why did you let Walmart come into town and run out all the local businesses?"
B) expect you to use your position to help them out regardless of whether they are in the right or wrong simply because you're their neighbor and therefore on their side. I have had neighbors that have asked me in all seriousness to pull out a particular candidate's campaign signs. On two different occasions I have had neighbors who fully expected me to put the fix in on their outrageous variance requests.
Anyone else have this happen to them?