Taking Advantage

On the subject of curious thought, here’s another one that is perhaps not so pleasant.

Our neighbour recently had some work done at her house, which included the removal of two trees from her back garden, the tarmacing of her drive, and a new front door.
The guys who did the tree work have done a brilliant job and from the way they left her garden, you would not know trees had ever been there.
Equally, the firm who replaced her door (this is the old one) were professional and efficient, tidy in their work, and apart from a shiny new door and letter box, you would never know they’d been.

The lads who did her tarmac approached us to ask if we’d like ours done too. We declined as our drive is perfectly OK, even with a few marks on it from MOH’s oil leak last year.
They did a good job, giving the drive two coats of tarmac and left the site clean and tidy. She was given their phone number in case of any problems, and told that the surface would last for years with no further maintenance. She was very happy.

Fast forward to today, and whilst I do not knock anyone looking for work, door to door canvassing is not ‘our thing’ and if we want a job done, we will approach several relevant companies for quotes and advice.
We were visiting next door this afternoon when there was a knock on her (new) door.
As we were in the garden, we used the back gate, obviously letting the lady of the house go first and not wishing to appear nosy.
A rather large gentleman in working clothes engaged her in conversation about her drive.
He said she probably didn’t recognise him, but he had been involved with work up the road and it was ‘his son’ who had done her job. He went on to tell her that she now needed a top coat to seal the tarmac and prevent it from cracking or bubbling in extreme weather. Our neighbour said she had been told that no other work was required and there had been no mention of requiring a top coat at a later date. Out of curiosity, she asked how much.
‘Two hundred and eighty pounds,’ he said……….. and I put in an appearance making him flounder a little in his sales pitch.
Our neighbour stood her ground and said she could not afford any more outlay anyway, but he would not go away. Hubby then appeared and the guy looked extremely nervous as he said  ‘Oh……’ and started to back off.
Realising we were not going anywhere, he left, and our neighbour got on the phone to the guys who had done the work for her.
‘Nothing to do with us,’ he said. ‘You don’t need any other coats and it should last for years, just as we said.’
Her intention now is that if Matey comes back, she will make a note of his registration number and call the police.

Word is obviously going round and unscrupulous opportunists are homing in on a recently bereaved widow with a mind to making a fast buck. Luckily, she is more aware of her current vulnerability and we have already got key stress words for concerns in place. Hubby is her brother who she runs anything to do with the house or repairs by before committing herself. We don’t mind as we consider her part of our family now.

If our dear departed friend is watching, we are looking out for her for you.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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15 Responses to Taking Advantage

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    How disgusting people can be. Opportunists around every corner. And then there’s you and your hubby. Your neighbour is blessed to have you around.

  2. Lucky that you and your hubby just happened to be there when that con artist appeared.

    After we had our first set of new windows installed, I got a knock on our door one day when I was home alone (except for Puppy Cody, of course). Two young men were there and indicated they worked for a window company and could install the rest of our windows at a very reasonable price. Did they really think I would let them in instead of contacting my own, very reasonable contractor? Which is basically what I told them, and they went on their way. Whether they were actually from a window company, I never knew as I didn’t see a company truck anywhere on the street.

    • Had a couple of instances like that at the gate (locked as usual when I’m on my own) I lost my rag with the last guy as I’d just agreed a fair price to replace our remaining panels and he said my frames needed doing too. I told him there was nothing wrong with the frames, then he let slip that they only replaced complete windows, so if a pane blew, it would be a whole window, I was coldly polite when I told him to ‘push off.’ Our chosen contractor came the following week, and we’re really pleased with the job.

  3. Unsavory characters around every corner – your friend is fortunate (certain she’s aware) to be blessed with good-hearted neighbors. 🙂 Widows and elderly are prey in today’s world. Sad!!

  4. Good on you for being good friend. So many deeply despicable individuals out there. Hopefully one day they will all get their comeuppance.

  5. Sadje says:

    A good thing you guys were there. I hope they learned their lesson and won’t approach again.

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