Post # 1
No – I’m not worried about the noise, the early starts, the work on weekends. These things come with construction and don’t bother me in the slightest. What I was initially annoyed with was the constant barrage of work trucks parked in my RV parking right in front of FI’s boat and truck. FI works away in camp, so it’s not like the truck and boat are being used while he’s away. But, I just thought it was a little presumptuous to park right in someone else’s drive way. Imagine I went to visit a friend and decided that, instead of parking in her drive or on the road, it would be more convenient for me to park in her neighbors driveway. Espeically when it is obvious that their trucks are spreading dirt all over our drive and tearing up the wood beam that separates our property from the property that is under construction. However, this is the type of thing that annoys me, and that I will complain about over the phone to FI, but not something I would ever mention to any one else.
Now today, I get home in the afternoon, and not only is there the standard huge truck parked in my driveway, but these guys also have their power cords hooked up to my house! After I left this morning, they obviously needed power and decided that a good idea would be to come and just plug in to ours. I just think that it is so ignorant. It would be one thing if they came over and talked to me – but just to do it! I feel like just unplugging the cords and throwing them back onto their side… but I absolutely don’t have the guts to do this, or probably anything else. So I will send this rant out instead ahah.
Post # 3
why not unplug it? its proactive, and they’re stealing! I would call the company that is doing this and complain. ALOT.
Post # 4
Unplug it and have them towed. Honestly, they are trespassing AND stealing energy.
Post # 5
@crayfish: THIS. Why should you pay for the huge electricity needs. I would also invoice them for what they’ve likely used.
Post # 6
I would also make a point and rope off my driveway… lol
Post # 7
I would totally unplug them.
Post # 8
I might let the parking thing slide but there is no fricking way I’d let them plug stuff into my house.
Post # 9
I would call 311 to complain if that happened here.
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2012 - Father's Vineyard Church/ A Touch of Class Banquet Center
They are totally taking advantage of the fact that you are NOT saying anything. That is completely unprofessional, and it’s technically trespassing and stealing like a PP said. Squash that crap right now!
Post # 11
Um yeah I’d be sending them my electric bill!
Post # 12
@ktcs: Yikes! Sorry you’re dealing with all this! To reiterate PPs…They are trespassing, and stealing. That is your electricity bill that is at stake, so I would definitely unplug, approach them and talk about it, and invoice them for the additional usage. Also take pictures of their equipment plugged into your house, and parked on your property– just in case they claim that you are falsely accusing them. Goodluck!
Post # 13
I’m embarrassed about the lengths I will go to to avoid confrontation – it’s a problem. A couple minutes ago, I got a knock at the door. When I opened it, there was a guy about my age holding a huge Gatorade cooler. He said, “Oh um… we lost power today next door so we plugged in to your house. Can I fill this up with your hose?” All I could bring myself to say was “Okay..” I feel like a child! I phoned FI and he was pissed, “Why am I paying to run their tools all day?!”
Anyways, he’s going to call the owner of the company so we’ll see if that does any good. I leave tomorrow for 3 days to pick up my dress and have my alterations done, so I imagine they’ll be all over here like they own the place! I think tonight I will move FI’s truck to the very front of the drive so that they can’t park in front of it and then, before I leave tomorrow morning, I will turn off all the power to the house. Haha I really am embarrassed at how passive aggressive that is…
Post # 14
@simplyMrsN: You’re right, pictures are a good idea too!
Post # 15
I would call the construction company and put them on notice. Often they have no idea what their crews are doing onsite.
If either happens again, I would have the vehicle towed. I would also unplug the extension cord but put the plug end inside my locked car door so when they found they had no power and followed the cord to the end, they would have to come in to speak with me, not just grab their cord and run.
Post # 16
I would find out the name of the company that is overseeing the work (either by making phone calls or looking to see if it was displayed on their truck) and call the office and complain.
They are trespassing and stealing (energy) and in all likelihood they know better. If this were on the up-and-up they would have knocked on your door before construction began, explained what was going on and asked permission (and made it worth your time by giving you something in return).
Chances are someone thought “well no one will mind” and they started the trend. The others probably thought “oh, well, so-and-so has been doing this, and no one said anything, so it’s probably okay.”
I would be willing to bet they know exactly what they are doing, they just don’t want to mess with renting a generator to run power so they’ll push their luck as long as they can get away with it.
Maybe it’s because I’m in construction that this behavior annoys me so much. I work very hard to be a good neighbor to the building occupants where my projects are located. If someone helps us out by letting us store things in their facilities or on their property, we make it up to them by doing something for them and letting them know our schedule.
Anyway, I would seriously track down who the company is and complain, and if they’re unlicensed, then I would seriously unplug those cords, roll them up, and chunk them over the fence.
ETA: They need to do something as a gesture to thank you for putting up with them tresspassing, running their power, and treating your house like their construction trailer, be it mulching your flowerbeds, a new tree, painting your front door (something under $400-500 customer cost because that won’t break the bank for them, but it is something they need to do)– they need to do something as a matter of good business to right this wrong. This is beyond inappropriate and I would chew out any crew I work with if they did this.