Did you ever here the saying "if it's too good to be true, then it is"? Yeah, well.....
Hubby came across this guy through his work. Not sure exactly how it all started, but the guy does lawn service work and due to the economy was a little down on his luck. We have a tree we've been wanting cut down, but that is very pricey. "Billy" said he'd do it for $200.00. Wow!! That's awfully cheap for that job and he gave a price without seeing the tree. First though, he needed some of the money in advance to get his equipment out of the pawn shop. Hubby agreed.
"Billy" came up last Saturday. It wasn't without turmoil though. On his way there, his truck broke down...so he had to wait for his mother to come pick him up, run him back to her house to get her truck, and then come back (we're in Pennsylvania, he's in West Virginia). "Billy" eventually showed up started cutting down the tree and it was obvious he knew what he was doing. He loaded the truck with the first load of branches and stated he'd be back, reminding us that he had to dump the load in West Virginia. "Billy" never came back, "Billy" won't even answer his phone when we call.
"Billy" left, leaving branches blocking the alley which hubby and I had to pull into the yard (remember hubby has a bad back). We are now stuck with at least a truck load of branches laying in the yard...and the tree is still there!!! I imagine that $200.00 didn't go very far once you paid a pawn shop, towed a broken down truck (plus repair) and paid the price of gas to run from WV to PA.
I think "Billy" had every intention of taking down the tree, got there, realized it was a much bigger project than anticipated, thought he'd start and then get out of there as soon as possible.
What "Billy" doesn't realize is that he does business out of WV, made the deal in MD and the work was in PA. Wow "Billy" guess what? I can report you to THREE Attorney Generals offices now. I may not see the work finished on this end, nor the money again...however, you won't be ripping off anyone else again either!