Nobody else said it so I will- if they just painted the drive, their truck
will be in the street, and probably no way to block it in. But even if there
was, still a stupid idea. A few bucks ain't worth risking a knife or a gun
in your face, and many of these travelling hucksters aren't real civilized
Never hire a door-to-door tradesman, and if you have a moment of weakness in
the face of a good BSer and get screwed, well, write down the plate, call
the cops, and basically write it off to experience.
Well, if you were foolish enough to take that deal, you would probably
also be foolish enough to pay the additional $50. Your neighbor should
have turned around and demanded his money back after quietly calling the
Iggy, it's hard to say. Police go to schools to learn what constitutes a
crime and what does not. It protects them from false arrest lawsuits. When
a crime has been committed, they WILL act. When it is the kind of issue
that needs to be addressed by civil channels, they will usually steer you to
someone you can make a complaint to.
The best thing to do in these situations is to call the police, tell them
that you feel you are in a threatening situation, and let them come out and
make a determination. That way, if they can do something, they do it right
then. If not, they advise the reporting person, and move on. After all,
the man was making demands for money your neighbor felt he did not owe. In
this situation, telling the workmen that you don't know what to do, so you
have called the police to come out, and you will do whatever they say. The
workmen usually vaporize right after that. I had a painter leave so fast he
left half his gear.
AS I SAID BEFORE, it really depends on where you live. Smaller towns have
more time to deal with these situations, where in a bigger city, you might
not even get anyone to respond. I don't know the size of your town, so you
would be the best judge of that.
What's the difference? They may have "interest" but their
ability to do anything (other than demand they obey local
licensing ordinances) is minimal. It would not get your
neighbor a refund.
Simple rules to avoid this problem.
Never deal with door to door contractors.
Upon your initial contact with a contractor get their business card.In
most states it must have their contractors license number.
Do not pay until the job is completed.
Use a credit card to pay.
I had the same thing happen with guys delivering mulch years ago. When
they asked for more than the original estimate and I said I wouldn't
pay more, they stared me down and said, "It's not like we don't know
where you live." It was crappy mulch, too.
They also can take note of such things as: what kind of a car you drive so
they know if you're home or not, bicycles, other cars, tools, mowers, if you
have a dog or not, other items convertible to cash.
Doing business with people who solicit door to door is dangerous stuff.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.