Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I Need Some Blogger Help

People never cease to amaze me.

I live here in pittsburgh where we got like almost 2 feet of snow this weekend. So on sunday I bundled myself up and went out there to try and shovel my car out of it's winter coccoon. I am quite the girly girl and that snow was wet and heavy as hell. I was really struggling with the shovel. I was frustrated and very close to tears when one of the guys who lives in the apartment above me came to what I thought was going to be my rescue.

He could tell that I was having a really hard time. He said that he would do it for me to help me out. I was relieved. At first. I'm no cheapo and I knew this was hard work so I handed my "neighbor" $40 for his troubles. I went back into the house and crawled under the blankets.

About half an hour later he comes knocking on my door. He said that he had gotten half of it done. I was all like, "oh ok would you like a cup of coffee to warm up and take a little break?". He, in a straight face, says to me that if I want the other half done it was gonna cost me another $20. Are you fucking shitting me? I was floored and for once in my life speechless. I didn't know what to say. What was I going to do? I knew there was no way I was gonna be able to do it so I just agreed and shut the door.

So as I'm sitting there talking to myself about what a jerk this guy is, I had a thought. Maybe he didn't look at the money I handed him and thought it was only 1 $20. Yea that must be it, nobody in their right mind would really expect $60 to shovel out a car. I felt better. Then he knocked.

I opened the door and he said he had finished the job. I said to him, "did you realise that I had given you 2 $20's?" to which he replied yes I know but there was a lot of snow. Unfreakin believable! I had to give this guy $60 to shovel out my car! I couldn't not pay him. He is my neighbor after all and I didn't want to piss him off. What if he's some kind of freak and he started to leave dead animals on my porch or something?

I was really taken back by this but maybe I am just over reacting? I don't know? What do you guys think? Was I just being cheap?


  1. That is down right shitty! My husband cleared out a driveway that was half a mile long and was handed a $20 and was more than grateful! He wasn't expecting anything, just didn't want the woman that lived there stuck digging herself out all by herself. What happened to neighbors helping neighbors? Now we have to get paid for helping out someone?! Bullshit. I would have called him out on it...

  2. no you are NOT over-reacting it's his own GD fault that he didn't give you the proper quote in the first place

    -wife of a snow plower

  3. It costs $10 here in the City of BROTHERLY love.

    And we got almost 30 inches of snow. And another foot or 18 inches is coming tonight.


    Just saying, that guy is an assholio

  4. karma train's a-comin'....

    what a dillweed.

  5. No, he was completely taking advantage of you.
    I would have gladly pointed that out to him, and told him where he could stick that extra twenty bucks. Douchebag.
    Don't worry, it'll come back to you.

  6. What a loser. I hate it when people take advantage of others like that. It's just not right.

  7. ok well I feel a little bit better, though I'm still out $60! Oh well what can you do? I'm hoping and praying that the estimated 8" of snow they're predicting doesn't come our way, I'm all out of 20's!

  8. hell no you arent over reacting!

    i think that if someone offers something like that, it should just be out of the kindness of your heart.

    thats just me

  9. Around here, a gentleman would have done it for free! I wouldn't have given him anything.

  10. Yeah, I definitely need to say...

    (and you're not over reacting at all)

    ...this guy sounds like an asswipe!

    This reminds me of how some people, who in the worst possible situations, will LOOT.

  11. I think he was trying to rip you off! My parents live in Ohio, and I remember they used to hire a neighbor kid to shovel the driveway-- for $200 for the ENTIRE WINTER! So I think $60 for just one time is wayyyyy too much.

    Confessions From A Working Mom

  12. I can be quite the vindictive little bitch when I wanna be; I went out today and shoveled my car out (again) but I threw all my snow onto his parking spot! Haha. "I'll help you out but it'll cost you $60 jagoff!"

  13. That shit is bananas.

    You think you've got a good samaritan and you, out of the kindness of your heart, pay him an impressive $40.

    And that shit tart had the stones to ask for more?

    I hope he caught his peep in his zipper when he got home.