Need to have some landscaping done, particularly hardscape work and some
Down at the HD & Lowes, there's a lot of Mexicans in the mornings. I see
pickup trucks pull in there, and tell em to jump in the back.
Just wondering if it's a viable option, considering you have no idea if
you're getting a murderer or what.
Try it and report back. I wouldn't let casual day labor in the house, no
matter what language they spoke. But if all you need is strong backs to
wield shovels, and no special skill sets, they could be fine. Assuming,
of course, your insurance carrier and the IRS don't find out. If I need
flatwork done, I'm gonna find a guy with his own damn bull float. Skill
and experience matter for some things. But if you just need the trench
dig for the footers, and you can't get a machine in the hole, and you
are willing to stand there and make sure they follow the string line,
that is another matter.
Not saying all Hispanics working construction off the books are crooks
or unskilled, by the way. My sister in NC hired a drywall crew like that
via word-of-mouth for cash, and they did fast excellent work, and
cleaned up after themselves. I think they were just moonlighting,
though, based on the hours they showed up to work. And down in Louisiana
after the hurricane, as the blue tarps came down, most of the crews on
the roofs were Hispanic or Mestizo. Most seemed very competent, and I
grew up watching northern white boys lay shingles. Watch a good
experienced roofing crew versus some weekender and his buddies for half
an hour, and you will know what I am talking about. Experienced hands
make it look easy, and it goes up fast.
Think about it if they do bad jobs they'll ever lose their chance
to work. I used them few times and they work hard. Just communicate
your needs well(very important). I always feed them too when it is meal
time. I never was sorry using them.
Never hired any, but knew someone who used them a lot.
I remember him saying to look for the ones dressed to work... real laced
up boots and clean work clothes that look like they have some mileage.
If you want to be the cause of the illegal immigration problem, hire illegal
immigrants. IF they jailed everyone that did that, we wouldn't have a problem.
If they are legal, no problem.
I hired guys through the "millionaires club" in Seattle years ago that did good
work. They did not tend to come back the next day when they said they would
We had work done on our seawall several years ago by a reputable
contractor. Hubby was the building manager, so the two of us were
involved in getting bids, preparation and cleanup. Also, of course,
observing the work being done. There were a number of day laborers
digging holes for the tiebacks. While the contractor was having a drink
with one of the condo residents, I saw a couple of the crew take a walk
around the building. Saw them go through belongings a couple of owners
had outside their doors...nothing of value, and they took nothing. The
"Mexicans" were still working, not pilfering private property.
We also have had thefts..coincidentally on the same day that advertising
junk had been hung on our doorknob early in the morning. There are lots
of opportunities for bad guys to scope out the property and come back to
remove valuables....I'd much rather have work done by someone I know,
Mexican or not. Nationality is absolutely irrelevant. Inviting a
stranger off the street into one's vehicle or home is asking for trouble.
Mexico is close to 100% concrete; therefore, Mexicans know how to use it.
However, most of their skills are manual ones; if you need anything even
remotely esoteric or esthetic *you* have to know what you want and be able
to explain it.
Someone mentioned that they often don't show up again when they say they
will. True. Additionally, if you ask when they indend to do something and
they reply "ahorita" (in a little while) be advised that "ahorita" can be
anywhere from a few minutes to never. If you really want something done
tell them, "No, en este momento" in reply.
Have just corrected some of that 'English' spellinhg. OK? (esthetic,
Sounds like the hard working immigrants of the last few generations
who built America!
Of course they were more likely, then, to have European names such
Eisenauer, Schultz, Le Clerc, Muldoon, Simonevski, Bradley, Smith,
But same principle.
'They' didn't all arrive through Ellis Island either!
We have an ancestor ( a remote great, great uncle?) who 'disappeared'
somewhere state-side, either during the Mexican revolution or the 1903
San Francisco earthquake.
Family legend is that he was 'The black sheep of the family' and today
would probably not be granted entry to USA! Wonder if any of his
descendants are running around the country?
Send me your poor etc..............
From Statue of Liberty?
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
' With silent lips.
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
"Golden door" Not exactly the description of an armed-fenced border;
More like a Berlin Wall, maybe?
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