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  1. #1
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    hhhmmm did a bid on a job complete install in an existing home with no a/c. Bid a little lower than I wanted too I know I must have came in pretty good cause when I gave the husband the price he said "That includes everything?" usually my first clue I underpriced myself.Anyway he said ok i will get back to you this was last Saturday. His wife calls leaves a message today and it was like 95 here so i am figuring they broke down and were deciding to get the job done instead she is rambling about her thumb how she injured it and takes pain medication for it and she is in a lot of pain now she has go to take more medication. Bye. That was the whole message no mention of the job, did not ask for me to call back, did not say she had any questions.

    I have not called them back yet ... I got the message late today. Maybe i should wait till next time she's loaded up on meds and call her back and let her know I will be right over for the deposit on the job..lol!

    This is too wierd though anybody ever get these types .. I am actually get that sixth sense of knowing its time to walk away. First mistake price too low Second mistake this lady is wacked. why should I hang in there for the third.

    Anybody got experience with dealing with customers from an alternate reality?

    [Edited by thehumid1 on 06-09-2004 at 08:13 PM]
    thehumid1-------I live in NJ, a state where it's free to come in but you have to pay to leave!

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    Yes. I enter that portal to another dimension frequently:

    http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/showthread....6&pagenumber=2

    http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/showthread.php?threadid=52288

    [Edited by midhvac on 06-09-2004 at 08:25 PM]

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    Something tells me if ya get that job you are gonna earn your dough.....and then some.
    Hey cockroach, don't bug me!

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    Midhvac

    What ever happened with that customer?

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    Had a customer once that cut the high voltage wire to his a/h in the attic with a shovel, he was up there doing battle with the "damn kids in my attic"... he handed me the disconnect pull out when I walked through the door.

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    Re: Midhvac

    Originally posted by oil lp man
    What ever happened with that customer?
    If you mean the one with the back scratched Labrador, I just got a call from the electrician today, that he'd finished running the new electric to the outside unit. He called me because she asked him if I was done with "the freon". I told him "Oh yeah, I uh don't need to do anything else over there for a while."

    The one with the parrot is probably in an institution by now. Last I heard of her, she was living with her "boyfriend" who was about 75 years old. She had him call me about a "noisy a/c" at his house. It turned out she was hearing the wheel of the electric meter turning on the wall outside the bedroom...... sigh.....

    I can't tell you how elated I was to see this thread by humid. See!! It's not just me!!!!

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    I had one a couple days ago, tstat making buzzing noise.
    It was the doorbell making noise mounted on wall above the tstat.
    We've been doing so much,for so long,with so little, that now we can do almost anything, with nothing at all.

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    I got beeped once at three A.M. when I was on call. The lady told me her sister had allergies and her A/C was not running.

    I asked her to look at the t-stat to see if the display was reading. She said "yes it says 72 degrees". So I ask her if she could tell me what it was set at. She said "73".
    A Diamond is just a piece of coal, that made good under pressure!

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    I don't know sometimes I get it is so bizarre I start thinking maybe it's me that missing the marbles but now that I think about Dice's 9mm thread makes sense. I mean I go to people's houses that I don't know from a hole in the wall. Who knows when the next Dahmer gonna need his ac fixed (or the walk-in freezer in the cellar where he keeps the body parts).

    nice thread Midhvac I guess there really is a portal. I am wondering though if the parrot talks then technically it's not really like she is hearing voices.....LOL
    thehumid1-------I live in NJ, a state where it's free to come in but you have to pay to leave!

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    I did a no heat call last winter and found the gas valve in the off position. When I showed the home owner, he got all mad and started cursing his resident "ghost". He swore that the lights, stereo and water often turn on and off by themselves. That didnt bother him, but he was mad because it was the first time that the "ghost" had actually cost him money.

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    It all comes down to odds. If you look at the general population, x number of them are murderers, schizophrenics, drug addicts, etc., so odds are you'll encounter them. But I'd much rather run into them somewhere else than in their homes

    You often have to be able to read people very well. I've met people who were joking with a very deadpan look, which I figured out. THEN, there are those you think are joking and then realize they're not, then you go Whoa! Let me outa here!!

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    If you deal with the public long enough you run into some doozies.

    I worked the front counter of a tool rental store.

    A coworker rents a chain saw to a guy on Saturday morning. Nothing out of the ordinary.

    As were are closing that evening, the guy rolls up with the saw. The chain has fallen off and he wants us to put it back on.

    He's acting belligerant, erratic and is wearing his golf shoes.

    He senses me looking at the golf shoes and tells me he's aerating his lawn while trimming trees.

    We explain that we can't fix the saw as the mechanic has left for the day. He goes ape$#!t.

    He is eventually dragged into the car by his female companion and they leave.

    He wanders in Monday morning alone, meek as a mouse and settles up his bill.

    Intoxicated using a chain saw. If he sawed a leg off we'd have been sued.

    Darwin at it's finest.

    Jim

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    And this is precisely why I thank heavn I don't do residental
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