Dismiss Notice

STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Things That Are Bothering You, Got You All Hibbeldy-Jibbeldy, or just downright pissed, RIGHT NOW!

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Bergdorf Goodwill, Feb 7, 2007.

  1. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

    Messages:
    39,490
    Likes Received:
    1,725
    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2006
    

    :laugh: :laugh:

    I've already popped a piece of gum. Did I mention the extra onions? :slayer:
     


  2. Douglas

    Douglas Stupid ass member

    Messages:
    14,658
    Likes Received:
    2,291
    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Location:
    Purseforum
    Just got the keys to our old house back from an employee.

    We have a long-term employee (almost 50 years here!) whose son is kind of a mess. I think he (talking about the son) has hearing issues that make him seem even more impaired than he may actually be but I think there have always been some issues with him. I've known him since he was a kid and he wasn't always quite so screwy (he's probably early 40s now). Anyways, he does some handyman work and does absolutely perfect, gorgeous work. He is a real artist and his stuff is always of great quality. We have used him to do work here at the office on many occasions... but had stopped using him of late because he is just so dodgy. If you can get him to show up, the work is wonderful, but he'll show up one day, set up his stuff, then disappear for a week. It became overly problematic. Obvious the guy has some issues with the drink, maybe into some drugs, but tough to tell.

    My wife and I have not sold our old house and it is in desperate need of some sprucing up, so we thought to use this guy for a few odd jobs. There was no huge rush on it and we didn't mind if he was a little flakey so long as he got the job done. Furthermore, since he lives with his Dad and the dad knew he was working with us, I figured the father would make damned sure the work would eventually get done. So we had him do some small jobs and he was doing beautifully. Taking his sweet time, but stuff was getting done.

    Anyways, he kept talking us into doing more and more work, which was all fine. Finally, we agreed to have him do a significant chunk of work for about $1200. So I gave him a deposit of a few hundred bucks for material and we said he'd get a "bonus" if he got the work done by a certain date. Anyways, a week or two later he said that a few things had not gone well, recommended a few other things, and asked for some more money based on the progress he had made. We did not check the progress, trusting him, and gave him a few hundo more. $750 in total.

    Anyways, the weeks dragged on, the work was not getting done, and he started getting more and more dodgy about answering the phone, returning calls, etc. We started to worry.

    My wife mentioned something to the father at our company Xmas party (my wife used to work here so she knows the father well too). Within hours, we at least get our first phone call back, but there's lots of excuse making and promises to finish, but eventually the lines go silent again. My wife eventually leaves a message saying "I know what's going on, you spent the money, you need to call me and figure out a plan to get this right, or I'm going to tell your Dad to bring the keys back into work." The next morning, she gets a really sketchy call from some dude pretending to be X's "boss" saying "oh, hi, this the only number in X's phone, he left it at work and I can't reach him because his mom was in a serious car accident. They're not sure if she's going to make it. He's at the hospital with his family." Obviously, one of his meth buddies or something but this cockamamie scheme forgets that we both know the family. So my wife contacts the father asking "Is Y alright? Heard she was in a major accident" and of course there has been no such thing. So the jig is really up, and my wife gently says "hey, this has not gone well, we need the keys back so we can get someone else to finish the work." Father says some stuff about son needing to collect his tools, can't give the key back yet, etc etc. She says "figure it out, I'll have Douglas bring his tools into work if that's necessary, we're done."

    Anyways, the upshot is that I finally have the keys back, which I guess is good, but it's sort of the final nail in this coffin. I'm out $750 for halfway done work I'm going to have to pay someone else to do (things are torn up but I think most of the "material" never materialized, and ended up in someone's arm/nose/whatever). But ultimately sadder and worse than any of it is just the loss of innocence of the whole thing. I'd let my wife handle the business with the Dad, as I was trying to be sensitive to everyone in the affair, in particular the father and his professional position within the company. Though he had "marketed" his son's work to me personally, and to the company, before. That he has not mentioned anything to me, or really apologized, or made sure the work got done, or really addressed the issue at all other than silently handing the keys back suggests the son is really pretty far gone and that he is pretty ashamed about the whole thing or in denial or whatever, and that's much, much worse. A truly sad, pathetic situation, and it's bringing me down.

    tl; dr version - I'm out $750 and got a front-row seat to a sad, crumbling family/drugs situation.
     


  3. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

    Messages:
    29,128
    Likes Received:
    1,310
    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2006
    Location:
    Texas
    

    Man, that's always sad to watch.
     


  4. CalTex

    CalTex Senior member

    Messages:
    4,199
    Likes Received:
    239
    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2011
    Location:
    Liquidating Assets

    :plain:


    Thanks bro!


    Are you referring to the girlfriend or microwave?



    Hope everything gets better D.
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2013


  5. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

    Messages:
    50,669
    Likes Received:
    13,813
    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2006
    Location:
    In My Douchemobile
    Sucks, Doug.
     


  6. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

    Messages:
    69,070
    Likes Received:
    31,234
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2010
    Location:
    Colorado Rocky Mountains
    damn douglas, that is really shitty. sorry to hear that. tbh tho, mid way through i though you going to find out your house had become a squatters den for junkies and was fucked to hell. i was really nervous reading the rest of the story, glad at least that did not happen. again, not diminishing anything, situation really blows.

    :(
     


  7. A Canuker

    A Canuker Senior member

    Messages:
    2,396
    Likes Received:
    470
    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2006
    Location:
    The Great White North
    

    Bummer of a story for everyone. I think you have dodged to worst of it but I'd replace the locks just because that is my nature when it comes to people with those "issues". It would be brutal to replace a stove vs a lock.
     


  8. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

    Messages:
    69,070
    Likes Received:
    31,234
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2010
    Location:
    Colorado Rocky Mountains
    plus 1. i would defo agree about changing the locks.
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2013


  9. Douglas

    Douglas Stupid ass member

    Messages:
    14,658
    Likes Received:
    2,291
    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Location:
    Purseforum
    Good thought on the locks, thanks.
     


  10. aravenel

    aravenel Senior member

    Messages:
    5,625
    Likes Received:
    1,171
    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2006
    Location:
    New York City
    

    Definitely a good call, as unfortunate as it is.
     


  11. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

    Messages:
    39,490
    Likes Received:
    1,725
    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2006
    Doug, you should have hired resident home improvement expert Ataturk.
     


  12. edinatlanta

    edinatlanta Senior member

    Messages:
    25,808
    Likes Received:
    3,222
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2008
    Location:
    Wit' Yo' Baby Momma
    

    He's on ignore for general insufferability but seeing him fail is worth reading. Can I get a link?
     


  13. otc

    otc Senior member

    Messages:
    14,989
    Likes Received:
    4,586
    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2008
    

    Just throw away the microwave.
    It is pretty rare that I actually want to use a microwave and I much prefer the extra space that not having one has left me with. It takes a little longer to reheat stuff, but the results are better...

    Only really a problem if you love popcorn.
     


  14. aravenel

    aravenel Senior member

    Messages:
    5,625
    Likes Received:
    1,171
    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2006
    Location:
    New York City
    

    Nah, air poppers or stovetop are way better.

    I actually do use our microwave quite a bit. Great for making oatmeal in the morning :)
     


  15. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

    Messages:
    69,070
    Likes Received:
    31,234
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2010
    Location:
    Colorado Rocky Mountains
    caltex - regarding your question, that is for pB to decide.
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by