People kept seeing a Mary Sanders, an owner, taking her dog up and down the main stairwell. The property manager levied a $25 fine. The dog owner quickly sent the manager a $25 check, waiving the necessary "hearing" to face the charges.
Shortly thereafter the manager fined the owner again for the same action. Again the owner paid the $25 fine.
This continued for weeks.
After the ninth or tenth fine a board member talked to the owner to inquire what was going on. The owner explained she likes following the rules but it was a hardship to go out the back when it was dark or when there was ice or snow or the ground because she had to go down the back stairs, out into a yard enclosed by a fence, through a gate, and out into the alley.
Out of respect for the community though she was paying the fines each time.
The Board amended the rules allowing dog owners in the building to use the main stairs during night hours or in bad weather. In exchange the dog owners agreed that when dog hairs accumulated they would vacuum clean the stairs themselves.
Sometimes a quick conversation in the right spirit and using the right words can reach quick solutions that work for everybody without coercing people to do the right thing.