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Doorman shown the gate ‘for being nice’

Colin Freeman

Published 09/04/2015 | 02:30

Ralph Body' a doorman at a luxury apartment block in Queens claims his bosses sacked him for being 'too nice'
Ralph Body' a doorman at a luxury apartment block in Queens claims his bosses sacked him for being 'too nice'

In a city that is famous for its brusqueness and lack of manners, they have long been a reminder of the more civil side of life. Not only will a doorman in a New York apartment offer such rare pleasantries as “good morning” and “goodnight,” they will also keep out unwanted visitors, take messages, and keep hold of deliveries that might otherwise go astray.

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But for Ralph Body, a doorman at a luxury apartment block in Queens, the personal touch seems have gone a bit too far. The 41-year-old claims his bosses sacked him for being “too nice”, after he went the extra mile for tenants by doing them additional favours around the home. Technically he was employed simply to hold the door to let residents walk in and out. “They said, ‘We know you did it for the right reasons, but unfortunately.  . . you’re too nice to the tenants,’” Mr Body told the ‘New York Post’.

The building’s management firm, Heatherwood Communities, said in an email to residents that there had had been “misinformation” about Mr Body’s removal.

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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