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Blog entry by Doug Scott posted 01-05-2012 12:52 AM 5133 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m sure most of us have one of these or maybe a relative, they think you can do a project or fix some thing for nothing. I have a retired neighbor that his hobby is to bother me ( he said ) but really it is finding furniture at a bargain price and resell it, But in between that have me fix what is broken or needs repaired.

Plus he barrows my pick-up truck to pick the used furniture up, and replaces only the amount of gas or less that he uses. And he brings junk metal and aluminum for me to take in to the scrap yard, thinking this makes me enough money to cover the cost of using the truck. I have a woodworking business and furniture repair so I don’t always have time to take scrap stuff in every week.

I would like to find him behind a broom or the yard rake around her some day, or maybe a new hobby.

I got rid of all the fair weather friend I used to drink with,by not drinking with them.
You know they say that as long as your buying drinks , you’ll always be your friend.
Same goes here too ! I guess !

-- Furniture By Douglas, Comstock Park, MI

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 04:01 AM

Sounds like you are the good friend, at least you have that.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Ben Miller

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#2 posted 01-05-2012 05:30 AM

I don’t have a woodworking business, just as a hobby. I do, however, have a IT consulting business that I’ve owned and operated for 11 years. I learned long ago to tell my friends that if they need help moving a couch, need their car jump started and even bailed out of jail, I’ll be there in a flash and won’t ask for a dime (except payback for the bail money). That said, if they ask me to fix your computer and there will be a bill coming.

I built a house 4 years ago and have a lot of friends in the trade that I asked to do work like framing, electrical and plumbing. I told them right out of the gate that I didn’t want any special deals because I knew the situation they were in. I trust each of them and know that they do great work, which is why I wanted them to do the work. They all deserved to be paid a fair price.

Just like you!!!

Don’t let yourself be taken advantage of.

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#3 posted 01-05-2012 01:13 PM

A worker is worth a wage. You don’t expect a cab driver friend to give you a free trip or an airline pilot buddy to fly you to Hawaii for nothing. Why should you be any different?

Before my health forced me to retire I was a financial planner and insurance broker. If a friend asked me to give them some financial advice, I’d say “Let me get back to you on that”. I would then type up a response the same way I would for a client, and include a bill for my time, which back then was $125 per hour with a minimum charge of four hours. I would then hand write in pen across the face of the bill, “the first one is free for friends.” I would hand them the envelope with both the advice and the bill and say nothing. They usually got the point…


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 01-05-2012 03:29 PM

I do a lot of things for a number of people that I know and I ask nothing in return. However, I have a point where I will not cross over and it is as real as any fence – for example the fence in my back yard. I reserve the right to move the fence further out or closer in at anytime I choose. I have a family and they are friends also and I’m also a friend of myself. There are limitations and there should be.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 01-05-2012 04:53 PM

Have not really had this problem yet, but I have a few friends that feel they have to pay me for helping
them. If I know what I am doing, I will go along with them, but in one case, helping a retired master
cabinetmaker, I almost feel that I should pay him because he is showing me how to use his tools and
techniques while all I am providing is a strong back and very curious mind. You may just have to put
your foot down with your pest.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 01-05-2012 05:16 PM

As a retired mechanic, everyone is your friend. I know some people that the only time they talk to me is when they want advice on there car or for me to fix it for free. I just give them the phone number of a garage, some get the message.

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#7 posted 01-05-2012 05:22 PM

I wonder whether proctologists have this particular problem.

I mean … doctors, generally, sure do, but … what about the Hiney Guy/Lady ??

-- -- Neil

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#8 posted 01-05-2012 05:27 PM

I can just see that neighbor running next door, dropping their pants, and saying ”Can you fix this?” scary vision thanks Beener

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#9 posted 01-05-2012 05:47 PM

Till to ask that neighbor to do you some really big favor. Test the waters so to speak.

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Clint Searl

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#10 posted 01-05-2012 11:42 PM

See below

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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