|Forum topic by Jerry||posted 33 days ago||2132 views||0 times favorited||71 replies|
33 days ago
Let me first say the person who works for us is a great guy in a lot of ways. He has done a lot of good work for us. No person is perfect of course but for the most part he has the potential of doing some really great work when he wants to and when he is focused.
My issue is this. When we get projects completed, we tend to take pics. He takes them with his phone. I always figured he took them to show friends and family what he has built while working with us. After all, we do some amazing work and who would not be proud and want to show off our work. I figured he might even put them on his FB page and brag about what we have built in the past month or so at Top Quality Cabinets.
But no, this is actually what he has done with several of those pics he has taken over time with us. He made his own website http://gotwood.biz/index.html. Look at his site. On his front page he has one pic and a top banner pic, both of projects completed by our shop. His gallery page features 36 pictures, and 30 of them are of work completed by Top Quality Cabinets. The other 6 pictures are of projects he completed while at our shop but on his own on the side for some side cash. And 90% of the wording on his site comes right off of my website www.topqualitycabinets.net. Those words were my own words as I am the author of 75% of what is written on my site.
I think about it and we (my wife and I, my 6 and 8 year old daughters) have had extreme sacrifice over the years to build the company we are proud of today. We are very proud of the work we have successfully completed. Our sacrifices included our small family of 4 being homeless, living the shop, not having hot water, not having a bathtub, missing Christmas altogether 2010 and 2009, late nights of self study, hard lessons learned from the school of hard knocks, many days and weeks running with an empty fridge, etc… It just seems that someone, who has not had to endure the sacrifice it has taken us to get to where we are at today, who steals credit for work we complete is demeaning to us and the great sacrifice we have made.
So I sent him a very tactful email outlining my concerns and wishes. I also CC this email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I do hope this works out fine and he can remain working with us as deep down I like the guy. But there is a certain line that cannot be crossed.
Anyone have advice. I know there is a thread about pics being stolen from Lumberjocks.com and folks are mad about that and I can understand that frustration, but I somehow feel my situation is very different.
By the way, this guy does not even own a shop, he wants to build a small shed where he can store some tools, but at this time he has no place to work if not for at our shop.
-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net