Before you make any snide comments about the words "services rendered," I assure you I am not referring to any clandestine pay-for-play sexual encounters. Tonight, I feel like actually being nice. I am taking the night off from dredging through the misdeeds of any specific public figure and pointing the dirty part of the shoe at the rank and file worker. When I say rank and file, I am also referring to myself. Confused? Don't be.
According to the USA Today, 3000 New York city cab drivers allegedly overcharged their customers. I am saying allegedly, because the investigation is ongoing. Which brings me to my next point. How many of us purchase services and pay too much ? This begs the question. How much is enough ? I hire a plumber because I have a leak and he wants to charge me $300 for less than two hours work. I'm sorry, but I missed the memo. When did my plumber become a brain surgeon? Maybe my hourly rate ain't high enough, but $300 for two hours work seems like an awful lot of cash. Here's another scenario. I hire a guy to fix my fridge. He's there for less than an hour and he wants to charge me $275. Did I enter the wrong profession.? Never mind, don't answer that question. I got accepted to law school but got a big fat rejection letter to refrigeration school.
When I'm hiring someone, anyone to perform a job for me, how come the cost of the job is such a mystery?
"Well sir, in order to determine the price of the job we have to determine what is broken."
"I'll tell you what's broken sir, my bank account because I don't know how much you playing brain surgeon is going to cost me. in two hours."
Why are repairs such a mystery ? Not only that, why is the cost of said repairs more of a mystery ? When the job is completed, it's no longer a mystery but more of a joyous revelation for the burly guy in the shiny red truck. Oh I forgot, beware of the repairman in the expensive rig with all the beautiful art work. I guarantee you that after he leaves, the only thing you will feel when you reach in your pocket is your leg. So my question remains, is there anyone out there who can explain why he charges what he charges? More importantly, is there anyone else out there who can tell me if I am paying too much ? Someday, I will know the answers to all these questions. Meanwhile, can somebody give me the name of a cheap plumber ?