April 7, 2015 11:30 am -


New York is a tough town.

…Ralph Body, a former doorman at a luxury Long Island City apartment building, said he was fired for being too nice.

Body, 41, said he was a devoted doorman for the building, called “27 on 27th,” since it opened two years ago in Queens, New York. He went above and beyond by checking on residents’ pets, cleaning litter boxes, watering plants and holding packages.

“Everything I did, somebody asked me to do, or there was a need for it,” Body told the New York Post.

He was fired last Sunday. “They said, ‘We know you did it for the right reasons, but unfortunately . . . you’re too nice to the tenants,’” Body explained.

Body tried to fight for his job. “I told them, ‘When the tenants ask me to do something, I’m going to say yes.’

“But they said, ‘You do things for them which you shouldn’t be doing. And unfortunately, in this case, nice guys finish last,’” Body explained.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

19 responses to New York Doorman Fired For Being ‘Too Nice’

  1. ExPFCWintergreen April 7th, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Yeah, we don’t want your kind ovah heah! This is Noo Yawk! Fuhgedabboudid! We want big jerk-face doormen! Youse can go take yer ol’ nicety nice niceness and go doorman in, I dunno, Ann Arbor or Butte, Montana, or some udda place what’s full of nice people! Fuhgedabboudid!

    • whatthe46 April 7th, 2015 at 12:41 pm


    • rg9rts April 8th, 2015 at 8:25 am

      There is a world of difference between New York (Manhattan) and Queens-Long Island. Start with Pete King

  2. tracey marie April 7th, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I just visited NY for fun and the Opera, I was the nicest person around.

    • rocker April 7th, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      If you went to an Opera in Manhattan you were surrounded by tourist so you were among your peers..

      • fahvel April 8th, 2015 at 4:50 am

        are you as stupid and narrow minded as your comments suggest?

        • rg9rts April 8th, 2015 at 8:23 am

          He is ….ask about immigrants…

    • rg9rts April 8th, 2015 at 8:22 am

      Thwack TAG…that was the first mistake…LOL pitty pum pitty pum

      • tracey marie April 8th, 2015 at 11:32 am

        Morning handsome!

    • jybarz April 8th, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Did your Mom say that? Hahaha 🙂

      • tracey marie April 8th, 2015 at 11:30 am

        No, the people asked why I was being so polite.

  3. Um Cara April 7th, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    “But they said, ‘You do things for them which you shouldn’t be doing. And unfortunately, in this case, nice guys finish last,’” Body explained.

    Sounds like he was setting expectations for the residents that the other doormen weren’t ready to fulfill or being paid to do. I doubt he was fired for ‘being too nice’ – but rather for ‘doing the wrong things’, and likely causing dissatisfaction amongst the residents towards the other doormen. Hopefully he will find another job soon, sounds like a good, hardworking guy.

  4. fancypants April 7th, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    before you know it nyc bakers will be fired

  5. fahvel April 8th, 2015 at 4:49 am

    and if the building’s residents do not support him, F em!!!!!!!

  6. Warman1138 April 8th, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Do a good job and be fired well.

  7. rg9rts April 8th, 2015 at 8:21 am

    I’m sure with the references he will get…he’ll find a better spot with real $$ in Manhattan…

  8. jybarz April 8th, 2015 at 10:31 am

    He excelled.
    He was a tall poppy.
    He was cut down like a tall poppy.
    Some people are jealous like that.
    Yes, he should ask and get good references from people he was nice to.
    Good luck to him!

  9. Mike April 8th, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    In a world where we don’t want an honest lawyer, haven’t charged any Bankers after they stole trillions. fire accountants for getting the numbers to add up, and keep re-electing the most corrupt politicians on the planet…this seems to be par for the course….

  10. Ricky C. April 8th, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Sure wish someone could help him get his job back. Since when are you fired for going above and beyond the call of duty?