What Would You Do?

What would you do?

You hired a contractor to redo your kitchen.  They come in, demo the kitchen and only start to rebuild the kitchen and walk off the job.  You ask when they are coming back and they give your 3 different times and don’t come back.

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After 3 months, you hire someone else to help you finish the job.  After it’s complete the first contractor demands money for the work that they did stating, “Hey I did demo the kitchen, so you owe me for that”. What would you do?  Would you pay him?

What would you do?

You bring your car in for an engine overhaul.  The mechanic tears down the engine, but after weeks of asking what’s up with the car, the mechanic states that they got a promotion at work and can’t finish your car.  So now you have to get your car to a new mechanic to finish the job.  Another mechanic finishes the job and you are now driving your car and the first mechanic sees it on the road, stops you and says, “Car looks good, oh can I get paid for the hours that I spent tearing down the engine?”  What would you do?  Would you pay him for the hours he spent tearing down the engine?

What Would You Do

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What would you do?

You walk into a barbershop to get a haircut.  The barber cuts only one side of your head and states, “I am going to be working on another person’s haircut now, I’ll get back to your haircut soon”.  After 3 months of sitting in that chair waiting for him to get back to you, you go to another barber to get the rest of your haircut.  First barber states, “Oh, I cut half your head, can I get paid for that?”  What would you do?  Would you pay him for half a haircut?

The examples could go on and on.  However, with these 3 examples above, the commonality is that I got all 3 excuses from the same person for one job.  I hired someone to do work for me; they only did ½ the job, gave me the run around for a couple of months stating that he was coming back, but never did.  So I hired another person to come in and finish the job with me.  Then after the job was complete, the first person comes back demanding money for the work that he did complete.  He did receive money along with way to cover for supplies and hours worked, but not for all the hours.

So I held my ground for a long while, but then the same contractor decided to blackmail me by blasting my business on social media, stating and I quote, “The owner is a scumbag, doesn’t pay vendors for work done.”  Now I know that some people will say that there is no such thing as bad press, but I tend to disagree.  Especially in this day in age of social media, bad press, bad reviews, bad comments can hurt business.

It turned out that I contacted him shortly after he made these bad comments, but I didn’t know about the comments.  He smirked, “Oh what? You saw what I wrote?” I replied, “No?”  But to settle this and not to continue to worry about future negative press, I agreed to pay him for the hours as long as he agreed to delete the comments.  If I wasn’t a business owner, I probably would have stood my ground.

However, I do ask again, what would you do with a demolished kitchen or a torn down engine or even half of a haircut given multiple excuses of why it wasn’t down, including, “I was working on another job”?  Would you pay him?  What would you do?

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