Face Not Familiar Let Him In


Face not familiar? Don’t let them in. That’s what posted signs say at the entrance ways around the building.

That’s easy for the management to say. Ralph used to say something, but doesn’t get involved any more. He doesn’t fear for himself, but for somebody else he declined to mention, which can only mean the safety of his wife.

By lease law we’re not allowed to confront any tenant. It’s grounds for eviction. So, why would old people confront someone whom they don’t really know if they live here or not?

I know the look they give, because people trying to get into the building have given it to me. They get aggressive. Sometimes they come right up on your back like a hustle to intimidate you.

This day while I was taking a photo of something else across the street, I noticed Steve not proceeding to the building. He said that guy is going to go in right after me. He’s just waiting.

Ralph was coming along and Steve said what I knew. Ralph is going to let him in. Sure enough that’s what happened. I took a picture of the guy, then Steve and I went in the building after him.

The guy he was visiting came out and the three of them including the kid left the building. They walked around a column and came out the other side of an alcove so we wouldn’t see them.

I’m trying to figure out why he would even have to go into the building if the guy – around his age (not elderly) – was coming out any way. Why not wait in the car? Why even approach the building?

Every time a person has hustled me to get in they were wearing a knit cap, meaning they want people to know something about them. Whatever the cap means it’s an identifying feature. See me. This is who I am? And they often bring a kid with them to make them look harmless, or to keep others from confronting them. If he has a kid with him, he must be okay.

I don’t know what’s going on in this building, but there are a lot of people who want to get in. Very seldom is it someone who forgot their keys or swipe pass.

See something. Say something? Well, I saw something and I took a picture. Now this guy knows me and knows I have his face on my phone.

The USA government of course wasn’t talking about the safety of seniors when they said ‘see something say something’. They meant say something if you think there is going to be an attack against America.

In my life, in my neighborhood, in my building I take care of my safety and the safety of my family first, because nobody cares about a bunch of seniors who have already lived their lives.

I heard a cop say to one of the managers years ago while walking down the hallway after they were called out because of a disturbance, “Oh, we know what’s going on here, we just don’t want to get involved.”

Seniors built America. We owe them.


By Sharon Lee Davies-Tight

Till now and forever © by Sharon Lee Davies-Tight, artist, author, animal-free chef, activist. It's free to share with proper credit, not to own and/or share as your own. THINK HAPPY!

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