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Old 04-28-2010, 09:19 AM   #1
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How would you feel?

Lets say you hired someone to paint your bathroom. They came highly recommended from a co-worker you trust. You left the painter alone in your house for the day. You come home and the TV, which is on the opposite side of the house from the bathroom, is not on the channel you left it nor is it on a channel you ever watch and the volume is way higher than you would ever have it.

Question 1 - Would you assume the painter watched TV?
Question 2 - Would you find this inappropriate or would it upset you?

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Old 04-28-2010, 09:22 AM   #2
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Did the bathroom get done to specs?
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:24 AM   #3
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Lets say it took an extra day because she underestimated the amount of spackling she had to do. Lets assume that the painting job itself was great and there were no issues with that.
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I'd be annoyed.

If he finished on time and did a good job, I'd drop it. He ma have just eaten his lunch and watched some TV - Not acceptable but a reasonable explanation.

Did you check the fridge and the liquor cabinet?
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one time I traded a large quantity of fresh goats milk in exchange for a woman to clean my house. When she had finished, and she had brought a child with her, she helped herself to a beer in the frig and gave her child an expensive natural soda pop. I am certain she did not know how expensive that soda was, and that I considered it an extreme treat for me. I was flabbergasted.
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I'd be annoyed.


Did you check the fridge and the liquor cabinet?
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:34 AM   #7
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Thanks guys. Keep the answers coming. I am curious to get as many different perspectives as possible.
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For twenty years, I've worked with contractors ranging from house cleaners to general contractors, from vendors to employees. I would never let a contractor work on my house without some degree of supervision and inspection. People work differently when they know that there is accountability. Your painter may not have seen any problem with flipping through channels while she was taking a 10 minute break or she may have been couch surfing instead of spackling. There's really no way of knowing if they were alone in your house for two days.
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:45 AM   #9
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GB I wouldn't mind. I would ask them to please leave things as they find them when they leave.Sometimes people don't think and just assume you won't mine them looking at the television when they eat lunch or maybe there was something they just wanted to hear which is why your sound was up. I'd have a chat with them if it really bothered me.
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It would bother me, but as long as nothing was missing and the job was done as promised I wouldn't say anything. I would definitely not reccommend this person to anyone though.
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