It is rather convenient. Considering that our show closed on Halloween night (when the tux was last used) and theirs closed two weeks afterward (when they were using our platforms.)
The thing that REALLY cheesed me about the platform thing, was that BenefitBoy returned the platforms without telling us he was bringing them back. We never heard from him.
Our set from the Halloween show, is stored in a locked building. He would have had to let us know he was bringing them over, so we could unlock the building to let him place them back inside.
What did he do? Never called...and layed the platforms outside, AGAINST the building, without telling us...and it RAINED between when he returned them, and when I happened to discover that they were there! (And we're not taling overnight...it was a couple of WEEKS!)
I was furious! We'd spent $300 refurbishing them for our own show...and now they'd been rained on!
Thankfully, they don't seem to be any worse for it. But that will be the last time ANYBODY uses ANYTHING that belongs to our theatre company, for their own purposes. And I don't care who they are!
We cut him a break on the amount of rent, since he and EntitlementGirl are Board members. And we RENTED them to these people, because we didn't want to set a precedent for others who happen to need something and figure they could just "borrow" it from us for nothing...after we go through the expense of keeping them in useable condition.
A simple phone call to ask us to meet him at the storage area, because he was bringing the platforms back...was all that was necessary. But we got no such call. He just dropped them off and left them, without letting us know they were there. They could have even been stolen!
When I discovered that they were against the building, I made Mr. Diva call him, on the pretext of asking when he wanted to return them so we could arrange to unlock the storage building. They're waaay to heavy to move by just Mr. Diva and I. (So someone wanting to steal them, would have probably gotten a hernia...but that's beside the point.)
He told Mr. Diva that they'd already been left against the building. Mr. Diva told him that he and I were not able to move them inside ourselves, and he (BenefitBoy) needed to bring back whomever put them there in the first place, to move them where they belonged.
He did...and they're back with the rest of our stuff. But NEVER again!