Doormen guard against Craigslist crazies

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By Teri Karush Rogers  |
February 4, 2010 - 6:04AM

Doormen are NYC’s unofficial security guards: While they may not carry a weapon or do more than dial 911 in an emergency, their mere presence is thought to deter street crime as well as visitors with nefarious intentions.

That last category includes cat burglars, scam artists, menu-pushers and…Craigslist crazies.

Fearful of meeting up with strangers in their apartments, some UrbanBaby commenters say that when unloading possessions via Craigslist, they either transact business in their attended lobby or hand off the goods altogether to the doorman, who bags the cash too.

Like dog-walking, this off-menu service is neither endorsed by management nor rendered gratis.

“You better cut the doorman in on the cash in a major way,” advises one commenter.

Openthedoor-man, BrickUnderground's anonymous man on the inside, says he has never knowingly been the intermediary for a Craigslist transaction, though he has exchanged plenty of packages for sealed envelopes.

"If I were doing business like that with a resident on a regular basis," he says, the appropriate tip would be  "anywhere from 10 to 20 percent." 

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Founder and publisher Teri Karush Rogers launched Brick Underground in 2009. As a freelance journalist, she had previously covered New York City real estate for The New York Times. Teri has been featured as an expert on New York City residential real estate by The New York Times, New York Daily News, amNew York, NBC Nightly News, The Real Deal, Business Insider, the Huffington Post, and NY1 News, among others. Teri earned a BA in journalism and a law degree from New York University.

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