Originally Posted by Craigslist Hack
I would put the padlock on and report it as work already completed by others. For the record a padlock should pay 40.00?
trip charge and inspection fee, because you secured the property. The problem is not the padlock that cost me $2 that I charge $40 for usually, the problem is the general principle, and the fact that the little guy in this scam has to lose every time.
In every other contracting arrangement when you order a service, you pay for the service, you don't hide behind the "our client won't pay for it" line. In my world that is an issue between you and your client, you should negotiate a better deal with your client.
The other part of the issue is, another contractor caused both the condition I was there to inspect, and did not secure the property, then I had to pay for it. I hate paying for my competition's errors.
Yes, I could have done some other things at the property, I could have drummed up some other charges, I could have thrown the f'n padlock through a small window and boarded it,picked it up, put it on took a picture and them put it back in my truck. I could have dumped my coffee in the toilet and reported it as soiled, and on and on.
All of this leads to the same questions we have to ask ourselves.
Is it worth it?
Does Wells Fargo really need my $2 padlock that bad?
Am I willing to act in a deceptive, dishonest way just so I can get paid for something they should be happy to pay for, like securing a wide open property and/or explaining to them why the property is being damaged?
Yes, I could screw them day in and day out, and then it would just be a game and matters of principle wouldn't matter at all. I really isn't about the money.