God help us, some people are more than a sandwich short of a picnic.
You may not think someone you hire to do a job coming to do it without being given the job confirmation with the time and day is not a strange thing. However that is totally weird to us. That is what has happened this morning an univited maintenance man turned up. When we asked him why he came without confirming it with us they avoided answering a clear and simple question.
It wasn't enough he turned up without being asked to come he then began to have the most strangest conversation with us. Weirdo or Psycho?? He had done the job (which was mowing our back lawn (we have no front lawn and sleep at the front of the house so a distant lawn mowing sound we heard while still in bed we thought was our neighbour). A bit of a shock to have a knock at our door and this guy asking for payment. After his strange behaviour rather than argue we just paid him in the hope he would go away quickly.
Fortunately we had this guy sent to us through a Mower Franchise company and we rang them and cancelled all future services with them. He is their employee, we just let them know we were not happy about not being contacted and he hadn't had our permission to come. We didn't tell them about the strange agro conversation. This is about the 4th or 5th time he has come and we thought him a bit strange but today was .
We do not have a regular day and time for our lawns to be mowed but an arragement where we phone when we need it done and the Mower Franchise sends out the person they have assigned to your area (they are supposed to call and arrange a time & day that suits you not just turn up).
This guy came without being called, then had the weird converstation with us and didn't want to leave despite having his money in his hand. Fortunately after a while he decided he had to go elsewhere. We really didn't want to give him a reason to get upset with us so we let him carry on and were relieved when he went. Not sure what is wrong with him but I don't need him to come back.
Scarey weird and totally stressed out by the whole episode! Glad he left without any violence just the weird ranting conversation.
I had a recommendation for a local fellow who does lawns a while back but I thought the Mower Service we had were fine and have always been good and not too expensive. I have rung the local fellow straight away and had him do a quote before cancelling with the Franchise. He is a man in his sixties (sem-retired) and has a good reputation in the area.
I doubt the Mower Franchise does any kind of checking up on the people they hire. I think the only qualification they need is to have their own mower.
Still at the behaviour of this guy this morning. He wasn't on something I know enough alcoholics and drug users to know if a person is under the influence. The guy was stone cold sober and he wasn't sluring his speech or swaying or trembling and his eyes were not glazed over in anyway. That is what was so scarey this guy seemed totally in control of his body physcially but his behaviour and conversation was just like being in an epsiode of the Twighlight Zone!