But when Bank of America speaks, the powers to be will listen. One of my faithful readers, who saw the photos of this disgusting sight, emailed the CEO of Bank of America about the situation, along with the posting and photos. Very soon I was given a number to call Breanna Pennington, Officer/Customer Advocate who was very concerned by what she saw and how that affects the image of Bank of America. She assured me that she would be talking to the appropriate people within the company and take care of the issue. The next day she called me with the action that was taken and then I received an email from Peter Osborne of Bank of America who wrote me this:
“Joe, I’m with Bank of America. Our property manager met with the Block by Block organization to discuss our mutual concerns with this situation. As a result, a trash can was moved to our corner and Block by Block promised they will pay closer attention to this location. Some food trucks were also asked to move away from the location, which should reduce the trash in the area. We appreciate you bringing this situation to our attention.”You know damn well the powers to be in Jamaica will make sure this does not repeat anymore, they certainly would not Bank of America pulling out. This very quick response by Bank of America is how all businesses in Jamaica should be handling this garbage problem. Take action immediately and put things in place to see that it does not continue, unlike some of the shit retail places along Jamaica Avenue and side streets that do not give a shit (but soon their days will be numbered when the major development begins, many are already closing up shop or putting up signs they will be closing). In the meantime, Jamaica leaders need to be on these businesses asses big time for the conditions in front of their properties.
Useless leaders of Jamaica, take note of Bank Of America. They did not make any excuses, they did not pass the buck, they did not ignore the situation, they did not talk about a “magic wand”. They took immediate action and put a plan in action.