Having a good relationship with a repairman requires trust. Not just because you’re letting a stranger into your home, but because you’re at least partially reliant on their knowledge of the issue to accurately gauge the (potentially hefty) cost of the repair.
One woman in particular wasn’t so sure that her repairman had her best interests at heart. So, to get to the bottom of things, she hired a news team of investigators to place hidden cameras inside her house.
What she found just might shock you…
Allowing a repairman to enter your home when you’re not there involves a great deal of trust. One woman was concerned that she was being taken advantage of by cleaning companies in the past, so she hired a team of local news investigators to help her get to the bottom of it.
The news team decided to call two companies that specialized in ventilation cleaning. Vents have a tendency to accumulate a lot of dust over time, and the team wanted to see how thorough of a job the hired workers would do when no one was around to supervise them.
The vents in this woman’s home actually had very little dust and just needed a basic cleaning—nothing more. The investigative team placed hidden cameras all over the home and wired it so they could watch the workers from a room upstairs. If anything suspicious happened, they would see it all…
The surveillance team even installed a one-way mirror in the kitchen so they could monitor the workers from inside the same room without them ever knowing. The team hoped they wouldn’t catch anyone slacking off, but they couldn’t be so sure.
The team scheduled two different companies to come look at the vents and give the news reporter, who was pretending to be the homeowner, an estimate as to how much the job would cost. After the cameras were in place, the first worker showed up and seemed eager to begin.
After explaining to the worker what she needed, the “homeowner” went to the upstairs room where the cameras were hooked up and started watching. The man immediately climbed into the home’s attic where the ventilation shaft was located, but it was what he did next that surprised everyone: he spent the first few minutes examining a pool cue…
After he lost interest in the billiards equipment, he finally moved to the reason he was there. To the shock of the news team, he turned on his flashlight, briefly shined it inside the vent without even peeking his head in, and then… just left. The team was appalled.
Next, the repairman sat down in the kitchen with the undercover reporter so they could discuss the cost of service. Even though the team knew there wasn’t much dust in the vents, the man tried to convince the reporter that it was filthy, and it was going to cost upwards of $700 to clean!
Soon after the man gave his price, it was time to tell him what was happening. A cameraman stepped into the kitchen while the reporter explained that they had been watching his every move—and they knew he was lying. Completely mortified, the man ran off, and the team was relieved to have exposed him as a fraud.
How unbelievable is that? The repairman had no intentions of thoroughly checking the shaft; he just wanted the money. If you think this was bad, just wait until you see how the second repairman acted when he thought no one was watching. You’ll be blown away…
Wow, could you imagine if she had to pay $700 for that? Just goes to show that you can never be too careful when hiring people to do a job. Spend your money on services you trust!
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