The first sentence was; Not in my backyard! And that is how the presentation to the City Council began. We came with information and data and a perfect plan, but the Sierra Club Lady and resident hippie stood up just before we started talking and said; not in my backyard! Well, you can imagine how I thought that night might end.
Luckily for us we were told in advance the objections of this particular resident hippie and her friends she brought with her to the City Council Halls. Her objections were quite simple in that a truck wash would bring more trucks off the freeway and trucks put out a CO2 and therefore there would be more pollution in the town if we put in a truck wash. But the town did not start for good four miles away and since we were on the far side of town by the interstate the wind would blow the pollution away from the City and not into it.
It is always amazing the logic that people come up with when they try to fight the business owner who is trying to make a return on his investment. After all it is not her property and yet she was so concerned about a truck wash being there why not buy the property and plant flowers and start a hippie movement and a pot smoking shrine?
Well guess what the presentation went off flawlessly and we answered the ladies objections and today her son is a manager of one of our truck washes; go figure? Consider all this in 2006.
Lance Winslowmedical health hospital