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Old 10-01-2019, 12:31 AM   #21
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Maybe you are too busy, I'd feel the same way getting too much work.

Unfortunately for me I answer all calls, not busy enough. Only once in a while when I'm really tired and taking a nap the phone is off. The ones who get on my nerves recently are the wranglers, price shoppers and free estimates.

Nope, not busy enough, that's the problem driving me crazy. Same as you, wranglers, price shoppers and free estimates. Dealing with all that BS and can't find enough good customers.
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Old 10-01-2019, 12:40 AM   #22
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I’ll talk to customers through text, my answering machine message tells customers to text me.

I will always speak at least once with them on the phone before our appointment. Usually I can smell a scammer a mile away.....

A lot of my repeat customers text me to schedule and I often have new customers confirm a pice via text/email.

After they sign the approval portion of my invoice and with the text/email confirmation I have, this twice provides proof that they agreed to my price.
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I have had so many claiming to be handicapped and cannot speak on the phone... trying to make me feel sorry for them and go the extra mile for them because of some supposed disability.....

you would think after a while they would come up with something new....

last week I caught one dumbass tangled up in his own lies and he comes back at me with,,, -----well I cannot speak because I just had a throat operation and wont heal up for a month or two...........

My wife had vocal cord surgery in May and couldn’t talk for about 2 months. I didn’t even think about if she was alone and needed to call someone for service on anything. She could’ve had someone call for her though, most people would have a friend or loved one help them out.

I agree, most are scams
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My wife had vocal cord surgery in May and couldn’t talk for about 2 months. I didn’t even think about if she was alone and needed to call someone for service on anything. She could’ve had someone call for her though, most people would have a friend or loved one help them out.

I agree, most are scams

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My wife had vocal cord surgery in May and couldn’t talk for about 2 months. I didn’t even think about if she was alone and needed to call someone for service on anything. She could’ve had someone call for her though, most people would have a friend or loved one help them out.

I agree, most are scams



If you are a snowflake, or a Democrat, I hope you are not offended by the texting fellow claiming that he cant speak because of an operation...... if you are offended try to get over it.......

You would have to be nuts to believe that load of horsecrap from a total stranger ......


I have been working my ass off for about 3 weeks straight and like today I get about 4 google calls trying to tell me i got troubles with my site,
and also a couple of texts asking how much to come out and set their toilet...... I tell them to just use Lowes and leave me out of it....

I wish that their was a way to disconnect the constant google calls, after a while you would think that they would finally give up and figure out that they are doing more harm to themselves by annoying me all day long....... I have hit the #9 a number of times which is supposed to alert them not to call me back but it just goes on and on and on...........








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I got 4 of them today, 2 texts and 2 phone caller who were so annoying. A chinese woman wanted me to fix the water heater for free because that's what free estimates are for... I still don't get it when they ask for an estimate she said I would fix it for free at the same time.

Another guy called twice and texted me trying to go out for a free estimate and fix it for free as well!!



Here's a text from tonight. I feel like giving him the middle finger. What response would you give back?



Hello, I need a 2 handle bathtub facet, spout and diverter replaced on a 1987 tub with a single handle pressure regulated 1 handle system. I have a $100 budget for the installation - would you be interested? Thanks, John
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I got 4 of them today, 2 texts and 2 phone caller who were so annoying. A chinese woman wanted me to fix the water for free because that's what free estimates are for... I still don't get it when they ask for an estimate she said I would fix it for free at the same time.

Another guy called called twice and texted me trying to go out for a free estimate and fix it for free as well!!



Here's a text from tonight. I feel like giving him the middle finger. What response would you give back?



Hello, I need a 2 handle bathtub facet, spout and diverter replaced on a 1987 tub with a single handle pressure regulated 1 handle system. I have a $100 budget for the installation - would you be interested? Thanks, John


you need to play with john and learn him a lesson....... I would tell him you will come out tomorrow and set up a time ..... then a few minutes before the appointment text him and tell him your truck broke down and lets try for tomorrow....... then repeat the process a few times....
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I've found many times when receiving texts or emails, it's because English is the person's second language.
I've found with many in the younger generations that when it comes to texting and emails, English is their second language............... even when they were born in this country. I often place craigslist ads, and sometimes when the item requires a conversation, I will state "calls only, no texts or emails". I still get more texts and emails than calls sometimes.

In my experience they are generally confounded when confronted with a no text issue. They genuinely cannot comprehend how, why and when a conversation is necessary sometimes instead of a text. The things that they are no longer teaching in these ultra liberal public school systems today are just amazing. It goes way beyond simple mistakes or laziness in grammar, spelling and punctuation.
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I've found with many in the younger generations that when it comes to texting and emails, English is their second language............... even when they were born in this country. I often place craigslist ads, and sometimes when the item requires a conversation, I will state "calls only, no texts or emails". I still get more texts and emails than calls sometimes.

In my experience they are generally confounded when confronted with a no text issue. They genuinely cannot comprehend how, why and when a conversation is necessary sometimes instead of a text. The things that they are no longer teaching in these ultra liberal public school systems today are just amazing. It goes way beyond simple mistakes or laziness in grammar, spelling and punctuation.


I generally like to get a feel for the person to be sure I am not going out to some morons house or god knows what they are.. If they actually have to speak to you then normally I can smell "dog shi/" from a mile away ....

I do get a lot of calls from folks that have such a nasty drawl or sound drunk or totally retarded too ...they are calling and asking for prices...
Most of them I normally pass them on to someone else....
I try to be polite and give them free info which I know is probably like trying to explain something to a cow.....

they be just chewing their cud and not understanding a word I said to them .


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I've found with many in the younger generations that when it comes to texting and emails, English is their second language............... even when they were born in this country. I often place craigslist ads, and sometimes when the item requires a conversation, I will state "calls only, no texts or emails". I still get more texts and emails than calls sometimes.

In my experience they are generally confounded when confronted with a no text issue. They genuinely cannot comprehend how, why and when a conversation is necessary sometimes instead of a text. The things that they are no longer teaching in these ultra liberal public school systems today are just amazing. It goes way beyond simple mistakes or laziness in grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Same thing for me when I put up stuff for sale. I usually do like you, no texting... I have found 99% of texters text only their original question so I'm assuming they are on CRACK drugs because even if you reply they never get back to you. Same thing for plumbing!

I put ads up for some tires and rims and this time I wrote, I get a text or a message your number is automatically banned forever.



Another thing you put the price as FIRM non negotiable and the first thing they ask or text is if it's negotiable. So the last few wranglers who called for my GF's carpet who asked that question I said sure and raised the price by 100$, they were all confused!
I got so fed up with this carpet I put the price at 22 thousand dollars for 6 months. It's still for sale and it's going to the dumpster when I clean out the basement.
Sometimes I would put stuff for free at the curb and some people would call saying it was already gone and were angry I didn't call them! People are insane!
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