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Offline AJ

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Friends, only when they want something for nothing.
« on: March 24, 2013, 09:34:38 AM »
I have a couple guys around, so called friends that more or less only talk to me when they want something fixed.

Before or after they want me to do something for them they won't give me the time of day, but when they have a problem that I can fix for them all of a sudden it's like I'm their long lost friend.

Got this customer I see around town, at school games, etc... i'm always the one to say hi first, other wise he don't say nothing to me or even give me a smile.

Calls me up one day because his ice maker stopped working. I fixed it and he ask me what he owns me. This time for some dumb reason I decide to ask him, "What do you think it's worth?". The guy knows what I normally charge for a service call.

As he gets his wallet out I thought I heard him say how's $55.00 sound. I'm thinking to myself it sounds cheap, but lets just see where this goes. He hands me the money folded up and says there you go.

I unfold it and see two bills. A twenty and a five. I say in a disappointing voice and with the look of shock on my face, $25.00!

He says, yea is that ok?

I'm thinking to myself WTF!

I put it in my pocket and walk out without saying a word. That was the last straw and I will never do anything for the guy again.

Sometimes I feel it's best just to cut your losses.

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Re: Friends, only when they want something for nothing.
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2013, 10:43:06 AM »
I differentiate between friends and acquaintances. Friends I will fix their appliances and let them pay for parts. They always try to give me money for labor. But I enjoy visiting and helping out. Acquaintances I don't give them a choice. They know this is how I make a living so they get my usual charge. They are the ones most likely to stiff me.

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Re: Friends, only when they want something for nothing.
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2013, 10:47:50 AM »
My boss's uncle put his yacht in drydock after a messy hurricane busted a hole in the bow. He asked me to ride down to the marina and get his liquor and fishing equipment and carry it to his house. Musta been over $1000 worth of fancy Penn reels and such. Gallons of whiskey etc. Did this on my afternoon off now. When I got it all into his shed he reach's in his fat wallet and goes through several 20's and finally finds a 5er and then he wanted to know if I had change? True story!
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Re: Friends, only when they want something for nothing.
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2013, 10:50:01 AM »
Acquaintances, that's the word I was looking for. When I have friends do work for me and I ask what I owe them and I give them that plus a nice tip.
Got a friend that does some auto repair for me very now and then. He has me pick up the parts and then he puts them in for me, just charges me labor and it's darn cheap labor on top of it. Even with giving generous tips he has saved me hundreds if not thousands over the years and on top of it all I know I can trust him. He's not just feeding me some BS and trying to sell me parts I don't need.

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Re: Friends, only when they want something for nothing.
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2013, 10:56:57 AM »
Change for a five. LOL thats funny right there. I put a thermocouple in a friends furnace. I said pay for the part but he goes "no no that wouldn't be right" and hands me cash rolled up. I just stuck it in my pocket. When I got home I counted it there was $160.

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Re: Friends, only when they want something for nothing.
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2013, 11:12:57 AM »
People that i happen to know, but aren't friends get to pay full price.  Friends and family pay half price for labor and they have to feed me or get me a case of beer. :)

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Re: Friends, only when they want something for nothing.
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2013, 11:15:34 AM »
Will werk fer Beer :D
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Re: Friends, only when they want something for nothing.
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2013, 11:26:34 AM »
I might charge family for a special part, but some of them I'm talking about only call me when there appliance is broken. I give friends and some acquaintances a break.
I'm still laughing about that change for the fiver. Lol. Get er did wj.

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Re: Friends, only when they want something for nothing.
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2013, 01:36:15 PM »
Change for the five is funny, lol...
Did you say anything to him after that JW?


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Re: Friends, only when they want something for nothing.
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2013, 02:44:42 PM »
Not that fussed on doing repairs for family, they usually want everything done for nothing & don't even want to pay for parts. I do discount repairs for friends but some of them take the mickey, just had a friend ring me not 10 minutes ago asking me to go look at his daughters washing machine straight away. It's nearly 8 o'clock on a Sunday night over here & she lives 25 miles away, told him I charge a 75.00 callout + parts to go that far on a Sunday night. He wasn't happy with that so said she'd wait till tomorrow, only thing is she won't have the money to pay me for 2-3 weeks :tickedoff: told him that's fine let me know when she can pay me & i'll go fix the machine. Some people really make me >:(
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