I guess I am more gullible than I thought.
Over the winter I had an evergreen tree come down at a rental house I owned. I hadn't had it taken care of yet when I received a call from a local who was short money and was willing to work cheap. I hired him to take care of the tree for what was a very reasonable fee. Two weeks later more storms in Michigan and another tree down at the same property. This time it was much larger. I called the same guy up and hired him to take care of this tree. He was short money and asked for $75 up front, so my wife, with her big heart, wrote him a check for $100. A week later and a couple of reasonable weather related excuses later the tree wasn't taken care of. Instead he needed another $60 as his assistant with the chain saw couldn't or wouldn't help him finish. 2 days later I received another call and another excuse. He wasn't able to get a large enough chain saw and didn't have a place to take the leftover brush. I'm beginning to get a little annoyed but I needed the tree taken care of and I wanted to help this guy make some money. We discussed some ideas and he decided he would try one. The next day comes and I receive a message that he can't do the job and he didn't have my money. I needed to wait 5 days until he had some money coming in. I let it go and waited for my money. Today I get a call form a new tenant who took on the tree and finished the job in one day as he said he would. It reminded me that the other guy hadn't brought my $160 back on Thursday as he promised. When I called all I got was an answering machine. So I drove over to his home. He was on vacation, probably visiting Duane Marlink in beautiful Saugutuck, and he has a brand new grill in his back yard.
II stayed home this weekend to work on my home, something I seem to only have time to do on a holiday, and he is enjoying himself. I thought that it was just my kids that new how to manipulate me.