Posted: 06/09/2016 at 11:11
To me the saddest part is that Grandad Al has, for the most part, done things the right way. He has used a local contractor, not somebody who came knocking on the door offering to do work. I don't have a problem with payment being made in cash, but would have wanted a written quote and receipt for the work done.
Yes there were "clues to see", but I think it's fair to say that most of us are honest and therefore expect to be treated honestly. We're probably too trusting at times and there are those who prey on that.
Many years ago my mother needed her overgrown privet hedge cutting back. Sadly she did give the job to a 'door knocker'. She explained exactly what height she wanted it cut back to, but when they knocked for their money they had only taken it back about half way to the requested height. They tried to claim it would cost the same again to take it down to the required level. Mum had been taken in once and wasn't about to let it happen again. She told them she would only pay half and couldn't pay any more until her son got home. They asked when that would be and she told them about 5pm, she couldn't be completely certain because I worked for the police and might be delayed.
Oddly enough they never did come back for their money Mum wasn't as daft as she looked, because although it was true that I worked for the police, it was in IT, and I didn't actually live at home any more.
What annoyed me though was that any time she did need the hedge cutting she used to phone me and I'd make the trip across to do it. On this occasion she thought she could avoid bothering me!