Comments: Life in the North is Lovely

Spells are not enough for this situation.

I'm considering whether telling Idiot Boss Plumber that I have tested positive for Coronavirus so that he and all his team (2, maybe 3, others - all of whom have caused problems, of varying magnitudes, here) need to self-isolate and not work would be adequate revenge for their complete incompetence, or whether there might be any way of them checking this, and so finding out it is untrue, so negating our damage claim against them.

And yeah, I know the answer to that, but it's fun thinking about doing it...

Posted by Blue Witch on 26 November, 2020 at 8:45 PM

BW and Mr BW! Sending dry virtual hugs to you both. Eviscerate that so-called plumber and hang his guts outside as a warning.

Posted by Sue on 26 November, 2020 at 8:58 PM

Thanks Sue. If it wasn't for the fact that we had seen (with our own eyes) the work of two of the other so-called plumbers in this area (at Farmer Friend's, a few miles away), which was worse, and discovered the bodges that had been done here in the past, by another firm, we would not believe that this bloke was supposedly better.

But, thankfully, after a chance encounter in a car park, I do now have a lead on a (supposedly!) better plumber (and therein is a story for another day), although hopefully Mr BW will be able to do most of what still needs to be done plumbing-wise going forward. Being of a technical disposition, and having a good working knowledge of plumbing already, and being a fast learner, he has picked their brains and followed them around mercilessly. So not a complete waste of space.

Posted by Blue Witch on 26 November, 2020 at 9:04 PM

It's good, of course, if tradesmen do comply with the law and have insurance. But it's not your problem. Simply sue him for reasonable damages. If he has insurance, he'll pass the claim to them. If not, his kids will need to worry about their inheritance.
In other news, in our local Co-op I recently witnessed the assistant arguing with an unmasked customer, saying "No mask, no sales."

Posted by Tim W on 27 November, 2020 at 8:21 AM

Example launderette prices at jonslaunderette dot co dot uk slash prices dot html

Posted by Tim W on 27 November, 2020 at 8:25 AM

Thanks for the laundry prices link Tim; I didn't have time in all the current chaos to look.

Is it a legal requirement for tradespeople to have insurance?

And, unfortunately it is a limited company (so, if he doesn't have insurance, can easily be folded to stop having to pay out), and he has now sent an email now denying all responsibility and is now claiming that we staged the whole incident to get our renovations done for free!!! So, we have spent most of the day composing an appropriate response.

Sadly he has forgotten that we have full colour HD CCTV with sound, and doesn't know about all the thousands of photos of every stage of everything, copious timed and dated written notes of everything that has happened, and video diary that we have...

He will lose, of course, eventually, but we don't need the hassle... and of course our pre-FOTCR schedule to get our bedroom out of the living room (where it has been for the past 9 months) and upstairs, so that can be insulated, decorated, and have new furniture installed, has now completely gone out of the window, because we've lost several slots for trades, including final tiling/carpet fitting.

You really could not make this stuff up.

Posted by Blue Witch on 27 November, 2020 at 4:51 PM

I think a spell attached to large brick would be satisfying but backfire on you sadly.

Perhaps let him know about the evidence, threaten court action using that and that a social media campaign naming and shaming might do the trick in getting some redress. But certainly don't allow the incompetent idiot anywhere near your property as this just beggars belief. Hopefully you'll get it sorted.

Posted by delcatto on 27 November, 2020 at 5:33 PM

Tempting as though the social media/review site negative comments are delcatto, they could be used as defamation of character, so we'd prefer to use proper arguments and legal means, backed with our careful evidence.

Fortunately all the work he was doing is now finished, and I have a lead on another better plumber (for any future needs - thankfully Mr BW can do most day-to-day things, and has learnt a lot of 'advanced plumbing' from watching these escapades!), from a nice young man in a signwritten van who I accosted in a DIY shed car park. I will recount that story soon!

Posted by Blue Witch on 27 November, 2020 at 6:53 PM

The only mandatory insurance is employers' liability, unfortunately. So he probably doesn't have anything which would cover him. You might look up his company's accounts on Companies House to see if it has any assets. In any case, obviously don't pay any further monies owing, if any. And pursuing court action doesn't cost much, whilst causing much aggravation and costs at the other end especially if he does have to close his company down to escape! As Delcatto says, I would let him know about the evidence and your intentions. (Back up the evidence in case he sends the Boys around to find it!)

Posted by Tim W on 28 November, 2020 at 8:40 AM

Ahead of you there Tim :)

It's always really helpful to have your thoughts on these things because it generally reassures me that I/we haven't missed anything. And your links to info are always great too. Thanks.

Posted by Blue Witch on 28 November, 2020 at 9:31 AM