‘Trust, but verify’ is an old Russian proverb often used by the late President Ronald Reagan. It’s a motto that a couple in Modesto, CA, who are today’s award winners, might now be wishing they’d adopted.
A couple paid $100 to have a dead tree removed from their north Modesto front yard on Memorial Day. They now expect the botched job to cost them a few thousand.
Because the itinerant tree trimmer who came by Monday – proffering a business card that reads “Integrity Tree Service, owner and operator Miguel Morales” – apparently didn’t know much about the work he was doing. The man “offered to fell our dead tree. He did … onto our house and car,” Fernview Drive resident Jack Styer posted on Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods.
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But even when the job went awry and a house gutter and the Mercedes ML350 SUV sitting in the driveway were damaged, the Styers paid Morales the $100 he’d asked.
“We told him we trusted him. We said we knew he’d come back to follow through,” said Mitzi Styer, looking over the damage Thursday morning. “… He was supposed to come back to repair the roof, but we haven’t seen or heard from him.”
In his Nextdoor post Wednesday night, Jack Styer wrote, “He said his friend would come by today and make arrangements to fix the house and he would pay for car damage. Right. Checked him out on DOJ website today. No license, no record. Called the number on his card – disconnected.”
There’s more at the link.
The credulity, the naivety, boggle the mind. Not only do they not check up on the guy’s credentials, they actually pay him after he’d damaged their car and home, and take him at his word that he’ll come back to fix everything!
P. T. Barnum is alleged to have said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” This couple are a living demonstration of that theory in practice!