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installer showed up 2 hours early...and scary guys too

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by newsposter, Mar 27, 2008.

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  1. Mertzen

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    Not to mention that in many states any sort of sinage on the side requires commercial plates. Here in nyc you'll get a ticket in no time for that.:nono2:
     
  2. SPACEMAKER

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    :lol:
     
  3. Grydlok

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    nor will I be smiling.
     
  4. Ext 721

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    From my experience, the guys in the super-official looking trucks, with bright, shiny uniforms....

    are less than 6 months on the job.

    I learned from a 70 year old man who pulled up in a minivan covered in girly stickers, with a single magnetic directv symbol, rarely in a uniform.

    He'd been at it 10 years, c-band, dish net, directv...and that old man could GO.

    Compare that to the kids I later trained, in their "rental" directv vans, with their just-given shirts and hats.

    They sure looked better than me in my silicone-sealent splotched shirts, and scuffed-butt jeans but damn were they GREEN.
     
  5. Ext 721

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    In summer I simply did not pee except maybe at lunch. sweat? a gallon or more. Pee? Hardly.
     
  6. RobertE

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    Heehehe, thats good on the kidneys isn't it. Hmmmm.....Maybe we could do a class action suit. :grin:
     
  7. ercjncprdtv

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    My independent installer DID wear an "official" shirt and came in the "official" DirecTV truck. I know he was an indie because I talked with them directly to confirm directions to my house before the install.
     
  8. SPACEMAKER

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    For the love of all that is holy, will someone please tell me exactly what was "scary" about the guys who showed up?!?!

    Were they non-white? Were they unkempt? Long hair? Tatoos?

    I am just trying to figure out what exactly constitutes scary these days.

    Is there a chance that the chick the OP was referring to was is one of these little princesses that are scared of anyone who looks different than the people she associates with on a social level?
     
  9. Carl Spock

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    Now, now.

    A woman home alone, expecting one person to show up and all of a sudden she has a posse, and they're early, too boot. No markings, no nothing. All of a sudden there's a bunch of people at her house and she gets scared.

    I get this. I know other women who would have sent them packing, too.
     
  10. Greg Alsobrook

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    yep... my wife would have too... and totally understandably...
     
  11. JeffBowser

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    Jeez, dude, that's uncalled for. I perfectly understand the OP's story, and why a woman home alone would be very cautious. The physical appearance in this case is probably the very least of it.

     
  12. tcusta00

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    I personally would not want my wife at home alone in this situation.
     
  13. SPACEMAKER

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    Sorry for the harshness. I guess I just don't understand the point of living in constant fear.

    But still, I am curious as to what made these installers appear "scary" to this woman.
     
  14. Teronzhul

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    I would like to point out that I was in fact not judging, but rather I was simply giving my point of view as to why we aren't always in marked vehicles and full uniform. I don't blame her at all for the reaction she had, and frankly I'm routinely surprised at how often it is the wife/girlfriend home alone when I do an installation. Even more, very frequently there are people who leave me alone in their million plus dollar homes with all kinds of expensive merchandise. Often they've been gone plenty of time for me to have taken them to the cleaners.

    I would never be as trusting as many of the people that I do installations for on a routine basis, and I don't think I would ever let my wife/girlfriend be home alone for such an event. There are lots of great guys out there doing contract work, but it only takes one crazy one to ruin your life. She had every right to be as cautious as she was.
     
  15. Teronzhul

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    There need not have been anything alarming about their physical appearance for her to be on alert. Remember, she had scheduled the appointment for a time when she knew her husband would be home. She may have been upset that they were there while she was home alone period, and there are lots of stories out there about various people doing horrible things to women in her situation.

    http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA334704.html

    I would imagine she relayed the information about them looking "scary" to reinforce her position that what she did was the correct course of action lest she be judged for doing something others would deem as silly. It was likely an exaggeration, but I'm sure she wanted an excuse for her husband so he wouldn't wonder why he didn't have his upgrade!
     
  16. JeffBowser

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    If you don't understand it from reading the last two pages of this thread, you won't understand it. Someday you may have a wife and family of your own, and then maybe you will begin to understand.

    This isn't about living in fear, as was the subject of my discussion with my local friend earlier in this thread. This was about 3 men unexpectedly showing up early, when she was expecting a single individual much later in the day.

     
  17. mstenbrg

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    I agree. If my wife didn't feel right about letting someone in to service on our house when she is home alone, she would send them away. There is a difference in being cautious of who you let in your house and being afraid to go out of it.
     
  18. newsposter

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    i got a tad more info...she said the guys looked just as if they were regular guys off the street, with nothing about DTV anywhere on anything whatsoever. Ok sure i admit how would anyone know to come to the house unless they had an order but with no hubby home, and them just surprising her without even a call..unacceptable.

    my 2 'pro' looking directv guys always called before they came even if it was just to firm up directions.

    and for those that let the women be home alone with strange men in the house..it's great you always had good luck. But along with her difficult pregnancy and already having lost one child, she just didnt need this stress in her life.
     
  19. tcusta00

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    She shouldn't have to justify it at all. She's right to be cautious and my wife would have done the same thing. There's a difference between living in fear and being cautious, as others have stated before. Please don't let folks in here think that she should have just opened the door and handed these guys a glass of milk and some cookies.

    Cautious: Looking both ways before crossing the street
    Paranoid: Looking both ways before crossing the street, putting on a full set of pads and a helmet, carrying a blow horn and wearing bright orange.

    Cautious: Not letting someone who should look like a scheduled installer in the house but who's driving a jollopy, shows up at a different time, and gives little indication he's otherwise legit.
    Paranoid: Not letting a scheduled installer in who is wearing a uniform and driving a company truck, shows up on time and looks presentable.
     
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