I am 99% sure a repairman lifted my multimeter while leaving the house. What
would be the best way to notify the company he works for? I don't want to
falsely accuse anyone. The meter does not cost much but it just bugs me.
Call the company. Ask for the owner, not the secretary.
Say, Joe came over and worked on xxx last Wednesday. We had some
of his tools and some of my tools strung all over the thing.
Would you ask him if there is any chance he got my multimeter by
mistake when he was loading tools?
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
I'm with Dan. Make the call.
I've lifted someone else's stuff twice, that I can remember. One
time I was helping carry tools down the stairs, the house was
having AC installed, and also some electrical. I carried a roll
of wire down, and find out it belonged to the other guys. Oops.
The other time, I was at a house with my boss, and recovered the
very nice VOM he'd left behind. Find out I picked up the
customer's VOM. I finally noticed it didn't have the boss's name
on it, so I asked him. And I put it back where I found it.
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
Before calling, be sure to check everywhere it might possibly be. No one
else was in the house before it was missing? Dog take it? Kids? Wife? Were
you working on any projects? Etc. Be darn sure.
And give the repairman the benefit of the doubt. The idea to ask if he took
it by mistake is good. Also when talking to the supervisor, say you are not
totally sure, but it was missing after he visited.
If he is a thief, then other people will have called about him in the past
or will call in the future. But sometimes people will make an honest mistake
and grab all tools in sight not realizing they are also taking tools which
are not theirs.
One time I had a CD missing after someone visited. I never said anything.
Later I found it behind the stereo. It had fallen back behind. Glad I never
"George Becker" wrote in message
My sister filed a police report claiming her cleaning lady stole jewelry.
No apologies when it showed up a year later. (nor any refund to the
insurance company (Yeah, I know what she is; I haven't spoken to her in
I would just let it go. Pointless to ask him, and your are accusing him of
being a thief if you ask his boss.
OTOH,at my workplace,several expensive items disappeared,like a VCR,a
Variac,a TI calculator(all from my bench!). I asked around,and none of the
salesmen or coworkers borrowed them. It turned out other people were also
missing items,and the officer manager was missing some money from the petty
cash drawer.I suspected the cleaning people,and so set up a hidden video
camera in my work area.After a week or so,I replayed the previous
night's tape one morning,and there they were,opening up one of my bench
drawers,rummaging thru it,and taking something out and putting it in their
garbage can. My office manager was SURE that it was not the cleaning
people....until I showed her the tape. The property manager came,viewed
it,and immediately fired the entire cleaning crew.One of the thieves
contested his firing,so a copy of the tape was made and given to the
lawyers,never heard any more on it.
My dumbass company never bothered to seek reimbursement for the VCR and
Variac,even though the cleaners were bonded.
"I would just let it go. Pointless to ask him, and your are accusing him of
being a thief if you ask his boss. "
This is what I will finally do. But it is so hard to do. Incidentally, the
meter was on a work bench in the basement next to a battery charger charging
a rechargeable battery which I was using the multitester to check. We told
the workman to just go through the basement when he was leaving from
repairing our refrigerator. Lesson learned, cheaply, is to never let a
repairman roam around the house unescorted.
I'm not saying it's the correct thing to do (and I wouldn't like it if it
happened), but maybe he used yours to save a trip? Then threw it in his bag
I would call the company and ask if he might have picked it up. If you do
happen to find it later, you can call them back and tell them (the same
person) you found it. But to let it go (if you really think he's got it) is
just letting a potential theft 'get away with it'.
I'm a business owner and I would want to know if an employee was a potential
thief. You can't know something that goes unreported!!! Like the other
poster said, if the owner/manager gets more reports... they will have a
record of previous calls.
I'd go with asking if he picked it up by mistake. It does happen.
Our roofers happened to use the same brand and size of fiberglass
extension ladder that I own. When they were done they packed up mine
along with theirs. Called them up and described it, asked them to look
for some spilled paint on the pulley (good thing they're roofers instead
of painters!), and they brought it back.
firstname.lastname@example.org is Joshua Putnam
email@example.com wrote in message ...
I happened to notice that one of the people installing new gutters on
my home at the time the roof was being put on, had a ladder exactly
like mine. I took my marker and wrote my name on mine. Hey, it doesn't
hurt to be careful these days. :-)
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