I came across this story recently over on The Consumerist:
Lowes Steals Money From Old Lady’s House, Threatens to Sue Her For Slander
Subcontractors working for Lowes stole money hidden in a reader’s elderly mother’s bedroom. When the mother complained, Lowe’s threatened to sue her for slander.
Yet another story about home-improvement warehouse subcontractors behaving criminally. This industry needs to be reigned in.
Ouch. I feel for the woman who was victimized, but what really pisses me off about this is the fact that it calls into question the honesty of thousands of hard-working contractors around the country. All it takes is one set of dicks to do soemthing like this to make the public forget all the honest work that goes down.
I remember reading recently about a group of contractors that found a wad of cash in the attic of an elderly couple — some “stash” for a rainy day long forgotten — which they promptly returned. (I tried to find a link, but couldn’t quickly. If any of your remember this and know where to find it, post the link in comments please.) Or how ’bout the guys working in the post-Katrina south pulling bodies out of attics? That’s not the kind of work you think of when you think “roofing contractor,” but hey, they’re doing it.
I’ve run into many really incredible people via Toolmonger — honest, knowledgable, and hard-working people who I’d guess all take this kind of event very personally. It reflects on us all.
Why do people do this?
Original Article [The Consumerist]