Dave The Painter Only Charged My FIL £150!

@Janey1966 (24127)
Carlisle, England
July 4, 2012 6:31pm CST
When Dave was here last week wallpapering on my FIL's behalf I actually told him to "rip my in-laws off 'cos they're loaded." Dave replied that Ian (my FIL) had made a point of telling him he's not as well off as he used to be...but showed him his Jag all the same. I shook my head and said, "Well, how come he can afford that Jag and he's just come back from a Cruise?" Knowing Ian he probably didn't give Dave the tenner he owed him for some wallpaper paste (inexplicably Ian forgot and bought some with Dave's money..how embarrassing). Anyway, when John went round to his Mum's earlier Ian must've told him (why I don't know) how much Dave charged him for the job, bearing in mind he was here for 2 days in total. £150. "ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY QUID!" I exclaimed to John on his arrival home. "I can't believe that..he should've charged more!" Oh well, at least Ian is coming back on Saturday to finish painting the ceilings..not forgetting he's going on yet another trip to York Races with The Dragon the following weekend. They're not going in the Jag of course (not at 9 miles to the gallon on the motorway). Oh, no, they're going on a coach. One day's shopping (which equates to a piss up for those two) and the following day will be a day on the racecourse itself. See what I mean about them having more money than sense? DTP has missed a trick there! Do you know any people who are always saying they have no money when in fact they have loads and loads?
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@BarBaraPrz (19799)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
5 Jul 12
Shouldn't the ceiling have been painted before the wallpaper went up, or is this another ceiling? (BTW I posted some pics of the kitties a week ago.)
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@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Jul 12
hi barbara good question yes it would seem to me to get the ainting done then the wall paper, this is back a.s.s.wards if you know what I mean unless they enjoy paint drips of the wall paper.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
5 Jul 12
If any paint drips it will be on the shi!tty carpet that needs replacing anyway, clever cloggs!
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• China
8 Jul 12
You FIL complained of being hard up to Dave the painter,he charged him £150 just to spare his feelings.DTP is really a kind-hearted person.However your FIL went too far for him to treat a painter meanly.I don't know what the going rate for a painter is there.If only DTP came to an agreement with your FIL about the charge in advance.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
8 Jul 12
DTP is probably one of those people who doesn't rip anybody off, least of all someone he knows. He has known Ian (my FIL) for a lot longer than I have so I guess it was his going rate for a person he knew well. That's what I'm hoping he's done anyway.
• China
9 Jul 12
DTP is an honest person. It is exactly because he is such type of person that anyone he knows well can't treat him unfairly.
• United States
8 Jul 12
I do wonder what goes on in the minds of people like that. Do they really think that the rest of us are impressed when they show off their Jags but cry poverty when they have to pay workers? Your father-in-law sounds like a piece of work. I do not envy you him.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
8 Jul 12
I tend to keep my distance from him. He does have his uses i.e. finishing off some painting yesterday but as for going round to visit him and his Mrs..no way. Obviously my husband will go as they are his parents but I stay away and the MIL stays away from here as we fell out some time ago. It's a brilliant arrangement as I don't get to speak to her as she's always going on about her favourite topic which - ironically, is MONEY!
@sulsisels (1685)
• United States
6 Jul 12
Hi Janey...It's been a long time yes? Anyway, you are so funny...Although I need to get some kind of UK Language to understand your slang..I have no idea of what a tenner is, or a quid, or the dragon, or piss up etc etc...It's fun to try to figure it out...Your a trip and I love you! Glad to be home and back on solid ground..We'll talk soon, I hope!!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
8 Jul 12
It HAS been a long time, you're right and you really MUST tell me what you get up to when you're away. If you PM me I shall give you my email address..and, believe me I don't give that away to ANYBODY you know. As for the lingo (language) now then..a tenner would be £10..or ten pounds in British Sterling to give you it's full term, a quid is £1 or one pound..the dragon is the er..mother-in-law and a piss-up..you really DON'T know what a piss-up is? Deary me! A piss-up my friend is when you go out and get really, REALLY drunk, usually with lots of people around you doing exactly the same thing..unless you're the in-laws..they have no friends. Haha!
@derek_a (10902)
6 Jul 12
Hi Janey Well, I have known many people who were rich and mean. As a kid I worked for a relative on van deliveries and he used to literally push his van down a road from house to house on his calls to save using petrol. It would be quite embarrassing sometimes as I would be pushing on the back-end of the van whilst he sat at the wheel. Sometimes a group of guys would come and help me thinking that the van had broken down. One day it was raining and I was getting slowly soaked, pushing this damned van - I was pretty p*ss*d as you an imagine and I said to these guys that helped that he was too mean to start the engine trying to save petrol.. They shouted to him to start the bloody engine! He had his own well-established business and often used to brag that he had 30 grand in the bank.. This was back in 1966! Today's equivalent would be around 500g I would think as a new house would only cost around 4g. I came to the conclusion that these guys are rich because they are mean. He had a flash car - not a Jag but top of the range Wolsley - they're not made any more, but were quite a luxury car back in the day... It was obvious that he was a miser and far from happy as all I ever heard him do was moan. _Derek
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
8 Jul 12
Hi Derek. It never fails to amaze me how some people behave. All that money and still miserable. I can't see why he couldn't give his money away if it made him unhappy. It certainly made him feel insecure didn't it? It wouldn't make me insecure..absolutely no way. I'd be set up for life lol.
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