Last week Tad Dowker, owner of North Michigan dock company NorthShore Dock LLC, had to take a call from a client that wanted his boat in the water before the Memorial Day weekend, even though he wasn’t on the schedule.
“This morning, I was out working when the office called me, there was a gentleman on hold who wanted his boat in the water before the weekend. Being Memorial weekend and the fact that we started working three weeks late means there is no chance this is going to happen.”
“Well our office personnel had explained this to the man and he replied, ‘I am the husband to the governor, will this make a difference?'”
After many calls from the media, Dowker took down his post and the company issued a statement saying they didn’t have time to deal with media requests as they try to catch up on their business. The company statement did say the man was understanding and respectful when told the company couldn’t comply with his request.
Perhaps Dowker could have asked the man if it mattered that he was a small business shut down by the governor’s decision, even though they are far removed from major city centers and deal with boats, which by definition are socially distanced from others.