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Unreasonable Records Request

ICE

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I had a request for all of the permits that were ever issued on a large shopping center. The property owner was the one asking for the copies. I was a one man shop so I had to copy the files myself in any spare time. I made it clear that the cost was twenty-five cents per page and it would take a few weeks. I called the guy when I was done and he never came to get the copies. Hundreds of copies. Several years later he came to the office for something else. I told him that he owed the city a $100 for copies...which he paid. Then he asked for those copies. I didn't have the copies. It was several years later and the copies had been tossed out.

The moral of the story is, "Get the money up front."
 
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tmurray

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I would talk with them and see if they have a specific request. We can reject broad requests like this.
 

Rick18071

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Had a request of documents on all houses built in the last 10 years once. We just piled all the boxes of files for the last ten years on a big table and said here you are. He just took photos of the applications. I think he was just a sales person.
 
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