As I mentioned, the most disorganised woman on the planet has bought a shop.
I arrived this morning to tile the floor.
The carpet tiles hadn't been removed, a decorator had left innumerable
objects behind, assorted rubbish abounded including a 10' run of picket
fence (?). I emptied the floor area whilst waiting for Wickes to deliver
the tiles. Dopey BIL was meant to be there to act as labourer, but
"Wickes will deliver first thing" she promised me. Their idea of first
thing was 11 o'clock. Sat in the cafe opposite for 45 mins drinking tea &
reading the paper.
"Its a concrete floor" she said. It was chipboard. Off to Wickes to buy
Primed the floor, went back to cafe while it dried.
Laid my first tile at 1:00pm. By 4:00pm I had got about 11 sq mtrs of tile
down when the phone rang.
Emergency call re the house I'd worked on last week (the house of the
dreadful tiles). The electric hob is burning! Smoke everywhere!. Stopped
tiling, carried 30 boxes of tiles, 4 bags of adhesive, 3 bags of grout into
shop, locked up & rushed off to 'emergency'.
Checked load/no load voltage, temperature of supply cable, all connections -
Some black smoke visible, some greyish smoke with 'plasticky' smell.
Black smoke visible when one ring switched on - scraped off remains of
plastic margarine tub residue & all was well. Showed disorganised woman
instructions which read " when hobs are used for the first time, some smoke
will be visible for a short while due to a protective coating".
Back tomorrow with dopey BIL as labourer.
I'm on a strictly hourly rate - so I aint bovvered. Sarah Beaney could make
an entire series with this woman!
trouble with people like that is when the bill comes in they say no
no, its not my fault you wasted a days time and bought the wrong
adhesive because i told you a bunch of crp. Hope Mr Medway's got
I wonder how these people survive? Darwin seems to be failing in this
That's the ticket, but I hope her bill paying is some what better and not
with rubber cheques. Maybe cash, weekly, would be a good idea? If she is
this bad what hope is there for the shop actually trading in profit or
having any capital in the form of a loan behind it...
Why do I get the feeling the shop's stock is going to include candles,
and possibly crystals and mystic pet pebbles ...
In which case it will probably be a little gold-mine until eventually
closed down for non-payment of VAT.
It's cash/cheque when each job is finished. She did try it on today - "I'll
pay you when you come back & fit the lights". The answer to which is no,
you have to pay me now.
I'm as hard as nails when it comes to payments. My terms are strictly
cash/cheque on completion - I make sure customers know this in the nicest
possible way. Did a job for a 'happy slappy' church recently, cheque had
to come from head office & didn't arrive within 5 days, so I e-mailed then
to say if I didn't have it in another 3 days I would go to court. It
Funnily enough, thats exactly what the previous encumbents sold. Rochester
High Street is like that. She is selling designer label clothing, shoes &
Funnily enough again, she's Nigerian - a race well known for financial