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  • Writer's pictureNicholas Dreeszen

Killer Cleanings

Cleaning can be a very messy job! Most jobs we are hired to do are your standard/routine tasks of trashing, dusting, mopping, and vacuuming. But, every once in a while, there will be a job that you never forget.

Imagine walking into a vacant property to do a move-out cleaning. You are told that the place will be empty and to do a basic move-out deep clean. Upon opening the door, you immediately discover the house is far from empty and notice some red stains. Rather, a trail of red droplets.

Is it? Could this be blood?

As the employees follow the trail, they then discover it leads to a handgun sitting on the table. The next few moments are a bit of a blur, but the employees were out of the house faster than the flash after a Red Bull.

They called the ACS office in such a panic that it was impossible to understand what they were saying at first. After gathering the details and knowing that they were in a safe place and finally catching their breath, we advised them to call the police. As they made the call, we reached the property owner. He and I both immediately headed over to the property.

As we arrived, we were instantly given the “all clear” by the police as they informed us that the red droplets appear to be ketchup, the gun is an unloaded BB gun, and no one seems to be on the property. We all took a gigantic deep breath and went on with the job. However, this still was not the empty house we expected to clean. It took two days of hauling the leftover belongings to the dump before we could even begin the normal cleaning process.

At the end of this job, we were a bit worried that certain employees may file a worker’s comp claim for emotional stress and trauma, but the client was satisfied, became a continuous client and a friend. It got our heart racing and tested our skills, but we made it through with a memory that will last a lifetime.

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