Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Warning for Older People

I would like to issue a warning to other older people with regard to hiring a handyman—or anyone.
I recently found a business card with the name Trevor Gutman on it. I phoned him and asked him to come over.
He looked over the repairs I had in mind, and demanded $1,000. In advance. Feeling intimidated, I gave him a check for $500. As soon as he left, I put a stop on the check. This was Saturday, Jan. 26. And I phoned Gutman to tell him that I had stopped the check.
But the stop didn’t work. He cashed the check the following Monday. Despite my telling him that I regretted giving him a check and that I had put a stop on the check.
My suggestion to other older people: Never pay anyone in advance.

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