WAIT, YOU DID HEAR? New Feature: Trimming Trees and Recycled Shopping
This will be a regular feature where grouses are aired but certain details are changed until Government finally gets its act together regarding genuine Freedom of Speech, archaic libel laws allow greedy merchants to sue customers who complain visibly if the grouse hurts their business, not if it’s the truth! So here goes…
We have next door neighbors who are popular in the Diplomatic Corps, they kindly arranged for a large tree that was looming precipitously over our estate to be removed (reduced would have sufficed, but in any case – we are very grateful). Their generosity is like a lion’s share and we all know a man’s home is his castle, so who can refuse?
However, we never expected 4 days of calamities and belligerence on the part of the company contracted by the locally-based overseas envoys to undertake this relatively straightforward task – as we have had “Cap’n Patch” remove a tree for us before and there was no damage to property whatsoever.
This local company goes under one name on their business cards, yet they do not seem to exist by this name in the Telephone Directory – and the name seems irrelevant to this line of work in my humble opinion; at least this is what the uncouth ‘Boss-Man‘ said when asked by my father for the name of his company. Old King Cole may have been a merry old soul, but I doubt even he’d retain his jovial status after dealing with this character…
On Wednesday January 13th 2010 the tree trimmers employed by the notorious ‘Boss-Man’ did not tie-off the limbs being cut (as other professional tree trimming services do) – and as a result a falling limb snagged our 40 foot Antenna and bent it into a boomerang shape thereby rendering it non-functional. The damaged pole still lies in our yard as evidence.
MCTV sent 2 technicians and had to replace our 40 foot antenna a few hours after on the same day we called to report it, they also have a record of this event on file.
On Thursday January 14th 2010 the tree trimmers employed by ‘Boss-Man‘ repeated their shoddy work – and as a result a falling limb severed the telephone line to our house, LIME came a few hours after we called to report it and restored it the same day. Again, LIME has a record of this other event on file.
On Friday January 15th 2010 the tree trimmers employed by ‘Boss-Man‘ repeated their shoddy work – and as a result a falling limb severed the electric line AND damaged the phone line running from the pole to our house, Barbados Light & Power came a few hours after we called to report it and replaced the power line on the same night around 8pm as we awaited by candlelight; and ‘Mr. Brathwaite‘ from LIME came and ran a new line from the pole to our house on the next day (Saturday January 16th 2010). Mr. Alleyne can attest to observing with me – that NO ropes were in use… BOTH BL&P & LIME have a record of these two jobs on file.
Additionally part of our (admittedly old) fence was dented, and the north-western part of the asbestos roof on our old Garage was also broken off by ‘Boss-Man’s‘ workers.
On Monday January 18th my father espied the redoubtable ‘Boss-Man‘ on the neighboring envoy’s property and calmly went over to inform him of the grief his workers had caused – seeing as no company official had even offered a ‘“Mr. James” – we are very sorry for all the inconveniences caused‘ (a simple matter of courtesy and good business etiquette) – which would have been an acceptable conclusion in our opinion, but instead ‘Boss-Man‘ launched into a tirade of excuses and bizarre notions of culpability such as:
- “That 40 foot STV Antenna was not there when we started working“
- “My men are professionals who always use ropes“
- And most ridiculous of all:
“When you cut down trees damage must be expected – it’s your fault anyway because you are the ones who complained and wanted the tree cut down in the first place!“
I have no idea if he feels he has prominent family connections which allow him to abuse people like this, but I wonder if he would behave this same way if a hotel or a polo club hired him for a landscaping job and he made such an error? I have my serious doubts…
If YOU the reader are considering hiring the manner-less, belligerent and totally unprofessional ‘Boss-Man‘ and his company to trim or remove trees on your property – please chuck that idea away before you share our fate!
That is in the area of landscaping, here’s a hot one for consumer goods;-
My sister returned two bottles of condiment she purchased from a shopping outlet in St. Michael, near “Jenkins” (as the Psychiatric used to be known) where the prices are supposed to be “SO LOW“. This product had expired last month. The supervisor took the items (one was unsealed) to the manager who in turn, refunded my sister. As I was shopping around in the store, I saw the supervisor place these items back on the shelf with the others (also expired), and customers were non the wiser… purchasing them. I can surely buy an expired item; but not one that has no seal or where I felt cheated!