Why can't people be HONEST to people who trust them?

@janevi (889)
Philippines
August 10, 2011 8:33pm CST
I have this very disgusting experience the other day. We hired a people to repair our electric water pump. The foreman, assessed the unit first and informed me of the work they will do to repair it. It was very well because he had it assessed and estimated the cost. I gave the amount he asked for the materials and I asked him to furnish me the official receipt. Last night he handed me the receipts i was asking and i sensed something was not right. The receipts he gave me has a missing name of the store where he bought the materials but I can read the name though its not complete that is an agricultural supply store. I called up the store and checked if they are selling the materials listed on the receipt and i found out that they don't sell the items in the list. The foreman with his assistant is currently finishing the job order i have with them that includes the cleaning of the cistern. How would I say the things I found out to him in a way that he will not get angry? Awhile ago, I asked for the pieces of materials he wrote that he has replaced and he cannot produce them. My blood is rising because of this DISHONESTY being done in broad daylight and I will not tolerate it. We trusted him because he has been the one doing all the repairs of he building since this was built. Why does he has to lie just to earn or get money aside from the labor fees he will get? How will I confront him? Please advise.
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3 responses
@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Aug 11
See response #1. lol Seriously, you have a right to have an accounting, and you have a right to ask him to produce the parts that he has replaced. If he can't produce them, I'd tell him about the phone call, and ask him what is going on.
• India
12 Aug 11
Hi dawnald :) Thank you ;) Have a good day!!
@janevi (889)
• Philippines
13 Aug 11
Thank you dawnald:-)
@vkatrix (78)
• India
11 Aug 11
Hi janevi... That's indeed a very tricky situation. Obviously, it's a matter of your money, so, you have all the right to confront him about it. But, it must be done, at least started, amiably. What I'd advise is to talk to him about it WITHOUT getting angry. Keep your voice calm and your tone friendly while you demand an explanation. If he admits, ask for your reimbursement. If he doesn't, it leaves you no choice but to tell him that you'll be reporting it to his seniors or manager or company as it may be. If necessary, you may need to lodge a complaint. Let him know that you'll take action against him if necessary. Most probably, since he is in the wrong, he ought to admit initially itself. Good luck to you with it :)
@janevi (889)
• Philippines
13 Aug 11
Thank you for your advises.:-) I did confront the person in a nice way the other day especially on the matter of not telling the truth. He admitted but then putting the blame on his subordinate. I made an agreement that I will pay the whole amount if they can bring and show me the things they have gotten and repaired so that as I told him. that next time there will some repairs again, I know what are the things to be changed and not to change the same thing.:-D But until today he did not come back to show them to me. :-D Do you think I did the right thing?;-)
• India
13 Aug 11
Hmmmm Yes janevi... I think you did. Because you didn't suffer any more blood pressure fluctuations, the guy knows he's been caught red-handed AND now, you have a rough approximate of what the expenses ought to be!! No one can ever take you up blindly like that, ever again. And from what I understand... you didn't end up paying the entire amount either, did you?? ;) So... that's no love lost, huh?? :D Have a good day!!
@KrauseHome (35034)
• United States
15 Aug 11
Personally this can be a Big issue. Especially if you are a woman and do not check out the company you are going to work with. A lot of times the shady people are the ones who will often do your job for less, using shody tools and such and you'll usually have to fix things later on yourself. I would always make sure someone is licensed and bonded and check out their references, etc. myself.
@janevi (889)
• Philippines
18 Aug 11
Thank you .:-) We trust this person because their company was the one who built the 2-4-storey buildings we have. I just can't understand why he did it? Anyway, the thing was resolved last week . I asked him to stop what he was doing and held some payment unless he is going to show me the parts he claimed to have been replaced. to this date he has not come back to hand them over to me.