First off, I used to go to some bad ass neiborhoods when I worked in commercial laundry. I always carried 2 guns on me. Just in case. Best time was early morning to do those calls, as late in the day all the bad guys were out and about. Got a knife pulled on me once, and when I pulled back my vest showing my 357 in a shoulder holster, He left. But now, I do not go into bad neighborhoods. Any calls I get there, I can refer to someone I know who services that area.
And Old stove, I agree. Tennants are the worst. I have one now calling me twice a day to see if the timer came in for a commercial washer in her apartment building. It is sitting at parts place, but I had other jobs to do first. So.................. I was gonna go there in morning, but she pissed me off with her last call. Told me I should check another parts place, maybe they would be quicker. Now..............She waits till next week. Owner is fine, he has no problem a few days wait.
I never did red carpet service, but we were a commercial maytag dealer. Those were great machines and Maytag was a good company back then. Maytag had one of the first "electronic card" machines. Anyone remember those? Looked like little circuit boards, and when customer slid them in the slot, they would burn while completing the circuit to start machine. I worked on a lot of those.