House of Horrrors

You all watch HOH ? Does it strike you that all the 'Clients' are really gullible Can anyone tell me how many "duds" they find b4 a real cowboy turns up ???
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Well the Cowboys are already filtered by the public they have ripped off in the past
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On Fri, 05 Dec 2003 22:31:22 +0000, geoff wrote:

Indeed ISTR that they were given a few names by Trading Standards.
A case in point was one episode where they wanted the septic tank emptied. All the quotes (about 10) they got from the Yellow Pages except the one from the cowboys was about (60-90) quid. The cowboys did nearly nothing for 400.
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It made me smile to see the cowboys driving big transits but they don't even carry a 3-port valve or a washing machine hose on board.
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I'd like to see a similar program, exposing the likes of barristers, solicitors, vets and dentists for the robbers that they are.
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Yes Steve an excellent idea !

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Speaking of vets, a local one (very close to Alder Hey hospital, might give a clue to the name) has a few tales...
(1)
We took a dog that had been poorly for a while, and they said it was just a "summer virus" - gave it a jab and sent us packing. Two weeks later, there is no improvement - went back and started to get the "summer virus" spiel again. By now we`d seen 3 different vets at the place, and we now knew they were wrong.
We took it to another vet straight away - they took one look at it, said "its testicle cancer, and its that bad, it has to stay in NOW or it has no chance"
Good call - the vet chopped some delicate bits, and the dog lived happily for about 4 years more (it was about 11 when the problem first started)
(2)
I know someone who took their dog to the same ("summer virus") vet. The dog had a simple fracture. The owners had an insurance policy... The vet spent over 3000 on "treatment" which involved removing and replacing bandages DAILY (we reckon just to make sure the bone didn`t mend). Treatment stopped immediately the insurance policy ran out.
The poor dog never did walk again properly.
(3)
A colleague took their dog there (having serious trouble breathing) - it was 5 minutes before their normal opening time. She banged on the door begging for help - they just told her they weren`t open yet. She shouted what the problem was, and they shouted back that they weren`t open yet and she`d just have to wait. The dog died in her arms on the doorstep to the vets`.
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(3)
A colleague took their dog there (having serious trouble breathing) - it was 5 minutes before their normal opening time. She banged on the door begging for help - they just told her they weren`t open yet. She shouted what the problem was, and they shouted back that they weren`t open yet and she`d just have to wait. The dog died in her arms on the doorstep to the vets`.
How can people do that? You would think people working to help animals would have some sort of compassion and do anything they can to help. Someone needs a good slap for acting like that :-(
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... and estate agents

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Not enough channels for that one.
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none none wrote:

Thats been done ..
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Estate agents can be a real PITA.
We're looking for a house at the moment, and one thing we have learnt to be wary of is the photo they provide of the property. These are usually very selective or even deliberately deceptive shots, so what you can't see is how close the neighbours are or how short the front garden is, etc. One photo we found yesterday appeared afterwards to have been printed with a horizontal stretch, making the house seem an attractively wide one instead of the narrow and cramped pile it looked in real life.
Caveat emptor!
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Peter Twydell wrote:

The trouble with estate-agent's photos is that they have to be hugely wide-angle to get more than a fraction of one wall in and this gives a very distorted perspective to things. There's not a lot that can be done about this inside, but what really p's me off is when they use the same lens outdoors where there is plenty of space with the result that the plot looks a decent size and next door is a reasonable distance away and, when you get there, it's like looking at Siamese twins.
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Steve wrote:

A lawyer one would be poor TV as it would probably take years and the "victim" would be dead before the prog was broadcast. I've got a classic lawyer story. We had two letters from a solicitor, each gave completly contrasting advice to the other about the same issue (the 2nd came the day after the 1st). They may as well have been written by different people although they were signed by the same person. When asked in writing for an explanation, there was no answer. So we refused to pay their substantial bill and have heard nothing more.
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2nd
different
refused
Love it!
Mary

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Ah, but the difference is, they are deferential, and smile a lot while they're ripping us off!
MM
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On Fri, 5 Dec 2003 23:18:57 -0000, "Peter Taylor"

Don't be silly, of course they do. Being paid to go and get parts whilst sitting in the cafe is an old trick.
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A tad over 35,000 then
what a loser

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