Teaching Him A Lesson
After enduring his disregard for so long, Linda finally had had enough. It was this time, however, that the HOA President took things too far, and he paid the price for his actions.
It was a dream to live in Tiger Point when Linda and Derek Foster moved there. In the year following their move, the HOA announced a new president.
Almost immediately, everything collapsed. This man needed to learn a lesson, and Linda would make sure he did.
Everything Was Perfect
It was one of Linda’s happiest days in life when she and her husband, Derek, bought that condo.
Having just discovered she was pregnant with their first child, she was overwhelmed with joy.
It was therefore perfect timing for the condo to come on the market. Despite the perfect beginning, the fairy tale couldn’t last.
Things Were Going Well
Linda and Derek moved into their new home and everything seemed to be going smoothly.
In addition to the great neighbors they had, it seemed like a perfect place for the little family to live.
The housing association handled everything for the residents, and everyone was happy. After a year, the situation changed when a new president was appointed.
A Worsening Situation
Almost half of the condos were purchased by the president without anyone being aware of it. He ended up becoming a tyrant once he was done.
All repairs were stopped in the complex, and things began falling apart immediately. There had been a major problem with the public pool for months, and the elevators stopped working a couple of weeks after he took over.
There were even worse problems than those.
Not Doing What Was Necessary
It was a sore disappointment for everyone who had envisioned the place as a dream. Leaks were causing problems for a lot of residents on the top floor.
Water was left without running for days on end due to burst pipes that were not repaired.
Further complicating matters, they had to contribute to the necessary repairs. The extra costs made life difficult, especially for those unable to afford them.
Not Giving Up
Despite that, Linda and Derek loved their first house together. This was the place where their son had grown up.
Some unforeseen mishaps couldn’t force them to abandon it.
The dream was important to them, regardless of whether they had to invest more money themselves. The same couldn’t be said for everyone, unfortunately.
After six months, things started getting weird under the new president. Aside from a monthly fee to cover damages, he also demanded additional fees for service and administration.
The low fees didn’t even cause Linda to blink, but some of her neighbors were complaining. Many of the older residents were unable to make additional payments.
Moreover, since the younger residents felt compelled to care for them, the burden fell on them.
Unable To Keep Up
Later, the president informed the residents that a special assessment would cost $1000 and required them to pay it. It even got to the point where he threatened residents.
He threatened to place a lien on their houses if the fee wasn’t paid. The situation stunned Linda.
It was evident to her that most residents weren’t able to afford it.
The whole thing was madness. Now that they had endured so much, they needed to scrape together enough money to avoid having their property mortgaged.
That wouldn’t fly with Linda. Her neighbors came over to discuss how they should handle the situation.
Ultimately, none of them would pay the $1000.
Since the majority opposed him, the president backed down without a fight. However, he gave Linda a look as he walked away, warning her that the fight was far from over. (capitolcorridor.org)
Linda smiled and brushed it off. It was clear from the moment she met him that he disliked her.
His assumption was that she was just a spoiled brat with a rich father. However, he would soon discover the truth.
It Wasn’t Over
Linda already knew that the president would come back in a fit of rage, so she did everything in her power to ensure that he had nothing to use against her.
Because she knew he’d use anything he could.
What she couldn’t control was what would happen on her 28th birthday. And that’s where everything became a million times worse.
A Special Gift
When Linda turned 28, Derek surprised her with the one thing she had always wanted.
Somehow he managed to get his hands on a restored 1949 Dodge Pick Up.
It was the car of her dreams, and the sight of it standing in their parking spot brought tears to her eyes. She had no idea that the truck would be a reason for concern.
The Claws Come Out
Linda and Derek took the truck out for a drive, and when they returned, the president was waiting for them.
He told Linda that he would not allow such a hideous monstrosity on his property and demanded that she get rid of it immediately or face the consequences.
At this point, Linda had reached her limit.
A Heated Argument
Linda got into an argument with the president, and things got really serious very quickly.
The president kept making demands and insulting the young family. But Linda didn’t back down.
The more he raised his voice, the louder she became. With each demand, he got a refusal. And with each insult, she threw back a few of her own. But then the president did something that crossed a line.
The president told Linda she had 24 hours to get rid of the truck.
Being as angry as she was, she dared him to go up against her. But she had no idea what he meant.
It was only hours later that her lawyer got in touch with her and told her how far the president had gone.
She Was Stunned
Linda read the email over and over again. She couldn’t believe that the president had put a lien on her house for the $1000 that was meant to go toward the special assessment.
It wasn’t like Linda planned on selling her condo any time soon, but this was going too far. The president seemed to think that he owned the place and that he could make everyone do what he wanted them to.
But he was running into a brick wall when it came to Linda.
Things Had Gone Too Far
At this point, Linda wanted nothing more than to take revenge and put the president in his place. He didn’t own them.
He couldn’t tell them what they could and couldn’t own. And he certainly couldn’t keep taking their money.
And the best part was that Linda didn’t even need to wait for him to do anything wrong to go against him. He’d been doing things wrong since he took over.
They Were Prepared
What the president didn’t know was that the residents had been keeping tabs on everything that had happened since he took over.
All the bills they had to pay from their own pocket but should’ve been paid by the association. All the money they had given him.
All the damage done to their properties. They had evidence of it all.
The Last Year And A Half
Since Linda became friends with all her neighbors a year and a half ago, all of them started taking pictures of their houses in case anything had to happen.
They also started keeping their receipts and taking pictures of the damages they were forced to pay for. And those pictures piled up after Linda’s son fell down the stairs a couple of months ago.
It happened because the stairway was so damaged it wasn’t meeting safety regulations.
Everyone Was Against Him
Since that day, everyone who owned a condo in the complex has been against the president. Many had even considered selling.
But just like with Linda and Derek, it had become their home, and they would rather get rid of the president than lose half the money they put into their condos.
However, they all agreed that the man had gone too far and that the time had come for them to take their first step.
It Was Time For The Next Step
The president’s latest stunt had gone too far, and the rest of the residents were afraid that he would place a lien on their houses if they didn’t bend to his will.
But none of them would stoop that low. What he was asking for was ridiculous. And in the six months, he had done nothing but steal their money.
Not a single repair had been done for all they had put in.
He Would Never See It Coming
After a community meeting where they all presented their evidence, they were ready to proceed.
They had all agreed on the best way to deal with the president and the situations they were put in.
And Linda offered to take charge, so she could get the best lawyers available to deal with the man. What was on its way was a slap he would never see coming.
What the president didn’t know was that Linda was not just a spoiled rich kid as he thought she was.
She was an heiress with a line of lawyers behind her back that would ensure she came out on top no matter what.
Linda approached those lawyers, and in a matter of weeks, each and every resident had their day in court. And they weren’t suing the association.
Every resident went up against the president himself, and every single one of them won their case.
At the end of the trials, the president was not only ordered to pay them all the money they had given him.
He also had to reimburse them for the private repairs they were forced to pay for. And that was when the case against the association started.
There was simply no way Linda would let the president get away with what he had done.
And since the majority of the board members were members of his family, she went after them next.
The association was taken to court for neglecting the complex, failing safety procedures, and the damage their neglect did to the residents’ properties.
They received a hefty fine and were ordered to fix the damages immediately.
An inspection would be conducted in a few months, and if they failed again, they would be forced to pay every single condo owner the amounts they had put into buying it.
But Linda was nowhere near done with the association or their president. She would make him respect the residents if it was the last thing she did.
A Drastic Reshuffle
It was clear that the board itself was the problem, and Linda planned on dealing with that next.
Because of her, the president was pulled from the HOA board, and the board itself was reshuffled.
A new procedure was implemented where the residents voted on whom the members of the board and the president would be.
Old Vs. New
In the past, the major shareholders would automatically become board members, and their ranks would be based on how much they owned. The president owned 51%.
But thanks to the new system, votes would be conducted on a yearly basis, meaning that the board would have new members and a new president every year.
This was sure to eliminate biased decisions.
It Wasn’t Enough
Linda was happy with the new structure that was put in place and with the fact that her neighbors got what they deserved.
But she wasn’t completely happy with the punishment the president received.
A slap on the wrist and a few thousand in fines weren’t enough for a man as arrogant as him to learn his lesson.
Something Worth Remembering
Linda and her neighbors had gone through so much at the hands of that man.
The things he did scarred many of them for life. There were things they would never be able to forget, especially not the older residents.
After everything they’ve had to put up with, she felt that he deserved to suffer more. If he didn’t, he would never learn his lesson, and more people would fall victim to his antics.
He Had To Pay
Linda had a few possible acts of revenge in mind, but she would start by doing to him what he had done to her and many of the other residents.
She put liens on all the houses he owned in the complex. That way, it would take him an eternity to sell any of them.
And it was likely that he wouldn’t even know about a lien until someone made an offer.
Going Too Far?
But was Linda going too far? Did she have any right to put liens on the man’s houses?
Yes, she had every right to put a lien on the man’s property, as he did, in fact, owe her money.
Since the court ordered him to pay her son’s medical bills, she hadn’t received a cent. And those bills amounted to thousands of dollars.
Not Done Yet
But Linda still wasn’t done dishing out her revenge. The president really had no idea who he was going up against.
However, when he found out, he’d regret ever speaking to her.
And she would make sure that he learned his lesson in the most epic way possible. It would be an act that would remain with him for the rest of long life.
A Real Estate Agent
The next thing Linda did was contact the real estate agent who sold her the condo.
She wanted to find out if there were more condos that were for sale in the same complex.
She already knew the answer since the president couldn’t keep his mouth shut. But she needed to play her cards right if she wanted her revenge to be as potent as possible.
The real estate agent informed Linda that all the condos that were owned by the former president had been put on sale.
And since the complex was in such a state of disrepair, the market value for those properties had dropped dramatically.
Linda offered to buy them all at their current worthless value. But there was one condition.
Linda wanted to remain anonymous until all the deals were signed and the transfers were done.
Only then would she reveal how grand her scheme truly was.
The real estate agent was happy with the condition since there was a lot of profit in it for her. And the former president was too wrapped up in his problems to care about it.
The Long-Awaited Phone Call
A few weeks later, Linda got a very embarrassed phone call from the real estate agent stating that all of the properties she wanted to buy had a lien on them.
The former president had been informed of that, and he was clearly furious about the fact that he couldn’t sell until he paid what he owed to Linda.
The Best Response
Linda could barely contain her laughter. She could imagine that the man was fuming when he heard the news.
But she was about to make his situation a whole lot worse.
Linda told the real estate agent that she was still interested in the purchase. But she would only give the former president a month to settle his affairs.
Feeling The Pressure
She said that she wasn’t willing to wait any longer than that.
So the president had to fork out the thousands he owed her in less than a month, not knowing she was the difficult buyer that was threatening to pull out of the deal.
After that, she saw him running around, begging his disgruntled family members for the money he needed to give her.
On The Last Day
On the last day of the month, Linda received the money for her son’s medical bills.
And the former president was so desperate that he begged her to remove the liens that very day.
Linda had tears forming in her eyes as her laughter threatened to break free. But she maintained her composure and agreed to his request.
The Best Part Was Still Coming
As soon as Linda recalled the lien, she got a call from the real estate agent saying that they could proceed.
She happily agreed with the deal and transferred the funds for all the houses, including the former president’s precious penthouse.
The exact penthouse she had her eyes on since she first came to the complex.
As per her request to remain anonymous, Linda wasn’t present when the former president signed the deal with her lawyers.
But she did manage to get some inside information from them.
According to the lawyers who processed the deal, the former president was so happy that all his condos were sold that he didn’t even care about who bought them.
A Sudden Shift
But when he was issued with a hefty fine for the lien Linda put on the penthouse, his expression changed. He thought paying it would clear his name.
However, his failure to pay went against a court order, and because of that, the state was fining him.
The lawyers were just lucky enough to be the ones who handed him the fine.
Taking His Place
The next time the former HOA president saw Linda, she was taking his place at the head of the board.
The residents had voted for her to be the president since she helped them out of the mess he had put them in.
The look on his face was priceless. But it was nothing compared to the expression he had when he saw who had bought all of his houses.
When the man found out that Linda bought all of his houses, including the $10 million penthouse he adored, he looked like he was going to be sick.
He was pale as a sheet, and the only things that came out of his mouth were stuttered, half-broken sentences.
He finally knew that he had messed with the wrong woman.
Not What She Expected
Adrenaline was coursing through Linda’s veins as the satisfaction she was looking for finally started setting in.
But she also felt kind of bad for bringing the man to this point.
She wanted him to learn a lesson, not to ruin his life. Stooping to his level was the last thing she ever wanted to do.
A Long Discussion
Linda invited the man into her new penthouse, and the two of them started talking.
Linda revealed that she was the daughter of Tony Foster, a self-made billionaire.
She inherited his fortune after his death, three years prior to her moving to the complex. But she wasn’t the snob the president always thought she was.
The Real Linda
Linda might’ve grown up with a lot of money, but that didn’t define who she was.
She had seen both sides of the track, and it became her life’s mission to help those in need.
She lived a humble life, and she preferred it that way. But that didn’t mean she forgot what her father had taught her.
The Life Of An Heiress
Being a billionaire didn’t come easily. Linda had companies to run and people to control.
She couldn’t just let her staff run around and do things like the former president did.
And that was no easy task. With seven major companies, management was key. And her father had been training her for this since she was born.
“If you want people to respect you, you need to be humble and fair,” her father used to say. “But never let them walk over you.”
Those words stuck with her since the first time she heard them. That was why her counterattack was as brutal as it was.
The former president tried to walk over her, and she stopped him in his tracks.
A Shift In Attitude
Once the former president heard what Linda had to say, his attitude toward her changed.
He admitted that what he did was wrong. And if it weren’t for her, he never would’ve learned his lesson.
He was so wrapped up in money and power that he forgot how others were suffering. But now he was in the same boat, and he didn’t like it.
The Road To Success
The former president never grew up with money. He and Linda were from different sides of the tracks. And they acted in completely different ways.
As soon as he got his hands on money, he became the person he had hated his entire life.
He became who he thought Linda was—a snob with no regard for anyone but himself.
The End Of The Road
And it was only when he went up against Linda that he learned what he had become. But sadly, he learned his lesson too late.
Everything he had done to the residents of the complex had ended up costing him more than he could repay.
There were so many fines that he ended up back where he started.
Right Vs. Wrong
Even the sale of his houses couldn’t save him from Linda’s wrath. This time he went up against the wrong person, and it cost him everything.
But he completely forgot what Linda said at the beginning of their discussion.
She wasn’t cold-hearted, and she definitely wasn’t cruel. She had one last trick up her sleeve.
It Takes One To Know One
“It takes a snob to know a snob,” Linda said with a giggle. And it took a person who suffered to see another person’s pain.
During her life, Linda had seen a lot of suffering, and she didn’t wish that on anyone.
So she made the former president an offer he couldn’t resist if he wanted to.
Her Last Trick
“I could use a man like you in one of my companies,” Linda said, catching the president completely off guard. “Your attitude could whip my staff into place.”
“You’re offering me a job?” the former president asked. He was still in a state of shock.
He never expected Linda to be so generous, especially not after everything he said and did to her.
A New Start?
Linda nodded. She wasn’t lying. One of her companies had been going downhill since her father’s death.
And it had everything to do with the fact that none of the staff members respected her.
But the former president and his attitude could be exactly what she needed to get the company back on track. Would he accept?
Trick Or Treat?
Many would say that this was just the final part of Linda’s revenge.
What better way to demean someone than to make them work for you after you destroyed their life?
Others would argue that she was doing it because she felt bad for costing the man his livelihood. These people would be correct. She did feel bad, and she wanted him to have a new start.
A Bit Of Both
But at the same time, she wanted him to learn when his attitude should be used and when it shouldn’t.
He needed to learn to be humble, and the job she offered would teach him just that.
So maybe it was a little bit of both. But was there really another way for the man to learn his lesson?
At the end of their discussion, the former president accepted Linda’s offer. And he excelled in the position she gave him.
Her company quickly got back on track, and the former president learned what it meant to be humble. It was a win-win situation in which both of them got the success they deserved while learning a valuable lesson.
In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events or places or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.