Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Lying Contractor

So, we needed some bathroom renovations done. Unbeknownst to me the wife decided to go with a contractor who didn't have a clue what he was talking about. His "estimate" was ridiculously low because it wasn't based on reality. Maybe if he gets all his materials for free and finished in less than four hours he could afford to do it for that price. But since it's a week's worth of work (at least) I somehow doubt it.

Not only was the estimate a joke. But he's completely ignorant and incompetent. Pipes where knocked apart before the water was cut off. Yeah buddy, our bathroom has electric outlets in it! And they're live!

This clown has already done hundreds of dollars in damages and he's just getting started.

Here's the thing. I told him to get the fuck out of my house but he says that he's got the contract to do the job and he'll sue us if we try to renege. (He's not bound by his ridiculous estimate obviously, but we're bound by the contract my wife signed. Nice how that works 'eh?) I called the cops but when they showed up, the fact that my wife thinks we should give him a chance and his bullshit about his contract meant that they're not going to do anything unless I get a court order. I get my day in court two days hence.

In the meantime, he's been given a key, so I have to take the day off of work to try to physically restrain him from doing as much damage as he's capable.

What would you do?





I don't own a house. I'm not married. This hasn't happened. It's all a metaphor for the administration of Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto. Elected on false pretexts. Ignorant. Destructive. Costly.

At least with the shitty plumber one could get an injunction or something or other to stop him.

Is it really the case that we have to wait for the end of his term to try to fix the damage that he gets to cause in the meantime? (And the same question goes for the majority of stephen harper.)

Is that really all we're allowed to do? And if anyone dies in the meantime, too fucking bad?

Is that it?


Youngfox said...

At first I was thinking oh man, I feel for you that situation is brutal.
After the twist reveal at the end I am still thinking the same thing.

It is just so sad that the sneering buffoonery at the federal level must be aped at the municipal level in T.O. and then provincially there is Dalton and the big red shit smear.

It is more difficult than ever to not slide into permanent bottomless cynicism.

Keep on truckin' man!

thwap said...

Hi Youngox,

Then I achieved my goal!

Something needs doing about this state of affairs that's for fucking sure.

Anonymous said...

Wow. You should get that published in a Toronto newspaper.

thwap said...

Thanks whoever you are.

You have my permission to try to clean it up and sell it yourself.


Have a blast.

I'm so fucking busy these days. Once, about a year ago, I tried to clean up a blog-post for a respectable publication, but it never got used.

I think it's a good metaphor, so if you want to take a shot at it, go ahead.

sailsmart said...

Talking about metaphors, how about irony? Rob Ford wants to cut everything from park zoos to breakfast programs for disadvantaged kids in schools. But the big story in the Star every day is that he's lost 10 pounds. Yeah, on a diet, is he. Like this is really of any use as news to people who shop at Wallmart and buy everything in the first 2 aisles of the store.