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MaidPro, one of the largest home cleaning franchises in the U.S. and Canada, smashed the previous World Record by short sheeting 10,236 beds in a single day. The previous record holder, Niles Fulton, held the record for exactly fifteen years by short sheeting 332 beds in his college dormitory on April 1, 1998.
Short sheeting is a prank commonly performed at camps, boarding schools and military barracks. A bed sheet is untucked at the foot end of the bed and folded toward the head, making it look as if it is two sheets (an undersheet and top sheet). When the victim attempts to enter the bed, they are unable to extend their legs, leaving them in an awkward balled up position.
MaidPro was able to accomplish this feat by tapping into their large customer base and putting into action a one day Short Sheeting Campaign across all of their locations, short sheeting all customer beds for all cleans performed that day.
The response from this campaign has been dramatic. MaidPro’s phones have been ringing non-stop from puzzled customers and congratulatory observers. A long-time customer, Anne Hallway, wrote, “Congratulations on such a monumental achievement! I never thought the record could be broken. Please never do that again.”
MaidPro prides itself on forming close relationships with their clients. “How else could we have gotten away with this,” laughed Mark Kushinsky, MaidPro CEO. “Of course we only did this with clients we really knew and had a great connection with.”
MaidPro is a Boston-based franchisor of housecleaning services with over 150 offices throughout the U.S and Canada. The company, which began franchising in 1997, takes pride in its strong owner community, cutting-edge technology and creative marketing. It has been honored with the Franchise Business Review's Franchise 50 Award in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 for owner satisfaction. The company can be found online atmaidpro.com.
Window Genie is the nationally ranked franchise of home services known to, “Clean Windows and a Whole Lot More!” A whole lot more includes window tinting, pressure washing, gutter clean-out and giving back to the community. Window Genie of Charlotte, NC performed another free window cleaning at the home of local Korean War Era Veteran, Robert Williams. Peter Cogan and his team went out on Tuesday to the home of Robert and his wife Gail to show their gratitude for his service to our country.
Cogan calls his project, “Windows 4 Wishes: Cleaning the homes of those who protect ours.” This is his second job for a local veteran. Cogan hopes to eventually establish enough relationships with other local veterans so he and his team may perform at least one free cleaning per month. “I’m glad we’ve come up with a way to use my business and my team’s skill set to give back to local Veterans,” said Cogan. “I just wanted to thank Robert for his service. They’re all heroes and deserve much more thanks than we can give.”
If you, or a veteran you know would like to learn more about Window Genie, call Peter Cogan at 704-489-0616 or email him at pcogan(at)windowgenie(dot)com.
Window Genie franchises available nationwide. Window Genie corporate shows their support for the US Military by offering Veterans exclusive deals when purchasing franchise territories. To learn more, call 800-700-0022 or visit the online virtual brochure at windowgeniefranchise.com.
RJB Properties, Inc., a minority-owned and operated janitorial services provider, announced today that it has reached a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in EEOC v. RJB Properties, Inc., et al., Case No. 10-cv-2001 (N.D. Ill.), to resolve remaining claims following the district court’s summary judgment ruling last year in RJB’s favor.
“Our client is very pleased with the settlement,” according to RJB attorney Peter Roeser of the law firmRoeser Bucheit & Graham LLC. “Although RJB was confident that it would ultimately prevail on the few claims that remained following its victory on summary judgment, it was able to settle those claims for a fraction of what the EEOC originally sought before the majority of its claims were dismissed on summary judgment.”
The EEOC originally filed suit against RJB Properties, Inc. in 2010, accusing the company of committing over 150 purported acts of national origin discrimination, harassment and retaliation against 20 Hispanic and two African-American employees. Among other things, the EEOC alleged that RJB discriminated against janitors by asking them to mop floors, shovel snow, remove garbage, by not providing overtime opportunities, and by not promoting employees for jobs to which they never applied.
At the close of discovery, RJB moved for summary judgment on the grounds that the complained of actions did not give rise to cognizable claims of employment discrimination, and that there was no evidence to indicate that they were in any way motivated by national origin. In April 2012, the district court issued a ruling rejecting the EEOC’s expansive interpretation of what constitutes employment discrimination under Title VII and finding that there was no evidence on most of the EEOC’s claims to indicate that the various employment actions were motivated by national origin discrimination. Among other things, the court entered judgment in favor of RJB on all of the EEOC’s claims for failure to promote, all of the EEOC’s failure to provide overtime claims, and twelve harassment claims. The court’s 120-page opinion dismissed over 130 acts of purported discrimination.
RJB Properties was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Orland Park, Illinois. It is a premier provider of janitorial services and facilities management services. RJB was represented by Peter Roeser, John Bucheit and Darrell Graham of the law firm Roeser Bucheit & Graham LLC, a Chicago-based business litigation firm with a substantial employment law practice.
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