Slightly hypothetical, but give it a chance.
I use a shared space office area in which i can go to meet with colleagues and peers. It's been around a while and served a very good purpose - despite a bit of redecoration a couple of years back which left it looking a bit cheap and gawdy. It doesnt get so busy these days but is still well used.
There is a sign on the door explaining the purpose of the area but there have always been the odd randoms coming in off the street and loitering around the coffee machine - sometimes they listen in to our conversations, chip in with their thoughts or questions and nobody really minds, other times they are firmly but fairly guided to the door.
There are a couple of staff who tidy round the place from time to time, wipe down the sofas, etc, but we generally take care of it ourselves.
We have recently got a new caretaker (a caretaker caretaker apparently) who doesnt like the way things are, and has caused a bit of a stir. The sign on the door is still there - item six i believe - and makes it clear that the area is for people to come in and converse with their **fellow** accountants. The caretaker stated a while ago that the area is not, and never was, for such people and is in fact a free area for all people to use. I have pointed out the sign on the door, but have received no explanation for this change (and indeed the very fact that it IS a change is denied).
The caretaker obviously doesnt own the place, but he does have the keys to the door. The question is what to do about the stragglers who come in to our little space. On the one hand, the caretaker is welcoming them with open arms and the regulars are pushing them away, so i do feel sorry for them. On the other hand, the sign on the door is clearly visible, and they have walked straight past the very first time they came in, so they should really know better.
To make matters worse, there is a bar in the corner which is well known for being a little bit rowdy, but very friendly as long as people show a bit of respect and dont take life too seriously. You can spot it a mile off. Some people (mainly the randoms, but supported by a minority of the regulars) have complained about the bar and say it should be replaced with a meditation zone where everyone can have a ittle cuddle and reassure people about how special they all are. It is very much like people who buy a house next to a pub and then moan about the music on a saturday noight. The caretaker not only panders to these people but is quite shirty with anyone who resists the 'new' rules - or at least his interpretation of them. |Remember, he doesnt own the place - but he does have the keys and he has been known to lock people out on occasion. I used to regularly get raciong tips from one of the regulars - they had done quite well on the gee gees i think, and drove a porche. They arent allowed in any more sadly.
Sometimes i wish the actual owners would just take the sign off the door, admit the rules have changed, and be done with it. It would probably lead to the space being as an overnight drop in centre/doss house eventually, rather than being a safe place we can use, but in all honesty it's likely to go that way anyway if this caretaker gets his way - just rather more slowly and with more ill feeling from the former users of the site (oops, sorry, i mean office space not site)