This from a friend:
Hey Chris –
Long time, no speak. While I would appreciate if you keep my name (and personal details) out of it, I wanted to write under my real name to share some really disturbing news about the Greenwich YMCA with you.
My [XXX ] son is on the [XXX ] water polo team, which pays a stiff price to use the YMCA’s pool. During his first week there he left his Vineyard Vines flip-flops outside of a locker when he went to the pool. He gets back, the flip-flops are gone. OK, lesson learned, don’t leave your stuff lying around. A week later he opens his backpack after practice and finds that his pants have gone missing. The explanation here isn’t perversion, or someone so desperate for clothing they’re stealing pants; instead, the reason was that his brand new Vineyard Vines belt was still on the pants, and it was easier to simply grab the trousers and run than take the time to remove the belt from the loops. This motivated my wife and me to head to the front desk, where the level of responsiveness and concern was appallingly low. At one point a woman showed up who simply radiated bad attitude. She basically dared me to call the police to report the matter, and I think she was taken aback when I actually did. Imagine my shock when I later learned that Ms. Bad Attitude is the current director of the Y!
In any case, a nice young Greenwich PD officer showed up and dutifully took our report. What rocked us back – and led to this email – is when he told us that this was the fiftieth (50th) report that he’s taken concerning thefts in the Y in the last few months. To make sure I heard him correctly I repeated “Fifteenth?” and he said “No. Fifty. Five-zero.”
In other words, Chris, our Y is literally a den of thieves. And the administration on-site doesn’t seem to give a damn about it. Your readers deserve to know this.