Here are some stories from one of our notaries.
I had 3 very disturbing signings that now really affect how I make sure I am always in a safe place!
(1) A house in disrepair
At the first one, the house I went to was in great disrepair. I had a refinance to do, and the guy answered the door before I was even able to knock. He brings me into a back family room and I realize that there are a bunch of large empty fish tanks in the room, with wires and electronic equipment everywhere. Then I notice an assault rifle leaning against the desk. Then I notice a handgun underneath the chair. Nervously, I asked the man if the guns were loaded and he said, “Of course, what use would they be otherwise? ” So I caught my breath, and sat down to proceed with the signing. It turned out he was a gambler and had to protect himself and was afraid of everyone. But he was very nice to me and had to be nice because he needed the money from the refinance. He had lost his wife and lived with his son, and the empty fish tanks were left over from his marriage.
His wife kept fish, and when she was gone, he didn’t bother to keep up the fish so they died and he just had the empty tanks there. Really sad. Afterwards, I called the signing company that referred me to this job and told them the situation and the girl said that they sent me over because he sounded nice. Thank god he was. I would have run otherwise!
(2) A signing with no street lights
I had a signing that was way out in the country away from street lights and signals in the middle of nowhere. I drove down the driveway and there was a very large 250 lbs St Bernard that greeted me. I had never seen a dog so large before, and I am afraid of dogs, so this was not a welcome sight to me. The family brought me into the house, and we had the signing at the kitchen table. The dog was sitting right next to the owner the entire time. Just as we are finishing up, the woman I did the signing with says, ” Don’t move.” I’m freaking out and thinking, ” What do you mean don’t move?” She says, “He doesn’t like it when people leave.” I couldn’t even reach down to grab my bag until they had grabbed the dog and locked him in a room! Never again!
(3) The loan modification
I had a Bank of American loan modification to do. I love helping people with HARPS so I was actually quite excited to do this signing. When I knocked, a greasy looking guy dressed all in black answered the door and lead me through the kitchen and past a black curtain. I get past the black curtain, and find that the entire room is painted black from floor to ceiling with the exception of a bright red fireplace. The kids go to the kitchen to make food, and as I’m standing in the very black room with the husband and the wife, the husband starts talking about how the government is going to take over everything. The wife tells him to shut up and just do the signing. I just ran out of there. I wasn’t willing to stay and see what was really going on with them! So from now on, I try to do signings in public places as much as possible.