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.