What would you expect from a welfare loser whose work history
consists of a few hours at a fast food job.
Door to door people never bother Rod because they take one look at
his hovel and see he can not afford even a magazine subscription.
From news stories I have read they recruit kids with the promise of
seeing the country while making money. They aim for those who a e
vulnerable (abusive families,criminal records,etc,). They travel in vans
from city to city and only after they start are they told that expenses
are being deducted from their pay, The stories also reported beatings
and other abuse.
Each outfit on the chain starting with the magazines hire independent
contractors to shield them from liability.
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It was a good lesson to learn with a relatively small amount of money.
These guys had cashed my check in the 10 minutes it took to call my
bank and put a stop on it. The person at the bank (back when you knew
people in your individual branch and didn't call a 1-800 number) told
me how sorry they were and that I wasn't the first person that day who
had been scammed. My neighbour's husband came home and said, "How
stupid were you that you hadn't heard of mulch scammers?!?!?" Well,
gee, pretty stupid I guess.
Viv, I never heard of mulch scammers either. Do you know what they do
specifically? Leave "free mulch" with radioactive contamination? Hide
cameras in mulch? Dump mulch without asking and demand payment for
On May 17, 3:03 pm, Ignoramus30426 <ignoramus30...@NOSPAM.
LOL! All of the above, practically.
Basically, this is how it goes. In Memphis, if you want any sort of
annuals to stay alive in your garden over the summer, you need to
mulch heavily. The combination of bad clay soil and hot weather kills
anything off otherwise. I was actually contemplating a run to the
garden centre to buy some mulch for the front flower beds when these
guys knocked on the door. They had a pickup truck half full of mulch.
The guy had a basket and showed me the quality and said they were just
heading back to Mississippi after a landscaping job and did I need
some mulch? Memphis is right next to the Tennessee/Mississippi border,
and a lot of landscaping companies come over to do jobs during the
day, so this all sounded above-board.
I asked how much. He said 15 baskets would cover the two front beds. I
asked how much per basket. He said, "$5 a bushel." I calculated that
out and it was about $20 more than I'd have to pay by the bag at the
garden centre, but that would have required two trips with two
toddlers in car seats plus they were going to spread it. I agreed.
They did the job quickly, spread the mulch neatly, cleaned up the
sidewalks, and came to the door. I had $80 ready, $75 plus a $5 tip.
The big guy said, "That will be $375." ?!?!?!?!?!?!? I said, "No you
told me $5 a basket and you'd need 15 baskets to cover it." He said,
"Well ma'am, these are 5 bushel baskets." Now I thought that a bushel
basket held about the same as 10 gallons. I remembered learning that
in school. I said that the basket he showed me was a bushel basket. He
put a foot in the door and said "Don't tell me my business. This is a
5 bushel basket." That's when he gave me the line about knowing where
I lived. I wrote a cheque and they took off fast.
When I went out to check it closer, the mulch was so bad I had to pull
it off. It definitely wasn't the good stuff he'd shown me in the
basket. If you use cedar as mulch, it needs to sit for a while so it
stops "cooking" and also because it is quite acidic, and that has to
be washed out. You can't just put cedar through a woodchipper and use
it as mulch. To make this fresh stuff look aged, they had mixed in oil
of some sort.
. What would be a sensible thing to do in these lousy
a. wouldn't give them another dime.
b. get someone reliable to finish the job, even if I had to redo the
c. see if my local newpaper would print an article alerting the
to the deal. ( I thought the whole WORLD was onto the
paving, termite, meat-about-to-go-bad, and roofing schemes.)
With this type of job, I get the particulars in writing beforehand,
see a license and insurance,
and MIGHT pay enough to just buy materials. I tell them I will only
pay with a cashiers check,
when they say cash only. I want a record!!
"Jon Danniken" wrote: Hehe, I lived on "meat about to go bad" when I was
in college - thanks to the local Albertson's for selling it to me at half
How is that different from aging, which sells for MORE?
Another risk with an unlicensed contractor:
If they are not licensed they may be breaking other laws such as not
having insurance or workers comp. If a worker gets injured on the job
you could be sued.
The conditions for aging meat are very controlled... temp, air circulation,
and humidity. In a dry age, there is typically a layer of fat that
is later trimmed off (along with any mold growth).
There is also wet aging, which is under shrink wrap. That is usually what
happens between slaughterhouse and store.
At the store, the wet aged meat is then opened and processed.
You'll loose the fat layer, and the meat is exposed to more bacteria.
I've had plenty of "use today or freeze" meats... and i've eaten a good
bit of meat that's gone a bit towards the slimey side.
Properly aged meat is no comparison.
Just on the border of your waking mind, There lies - Another time,
Those were some stupid scammers.
Generally, we go to Chinese restaurants once a week, to get used vegetable
oil to spray. We charge the restaurant $100 to haul it away.
We tell the consumer it's a mineral-colloid-stabilized, emulsified refined
coal tar suitable for use as a weather-protective.
Once we get started, we always find some wide cracks. We then tell the
consumer, it's going to take an extra $125 to fill the cracks permanently.
I ramble on to the consumer about this special fill used for asphalt. It's
nothing more than drywall compound (Durabond 30).
When we leave the job which was originally quoted @ $150 - $200, it is
always at least $500 + . The stupid ass consumer has a nice shiny driveway
for about a year, and little knowledge of what was really applied to it.
Between the 4 crews each doing about 4 drives a day, you can make a pretty
good $ on stupid people.
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