Carpet Caper


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Its home improvement time.

We decided the carpet in the guest room and on the stairs was showing its age, getting tired. Time for change! And the right time to do it! We are expecting house guests Sunday.

So, about two weeks ago we made arrangements to install the new carpet. It was to be done on a Tuesday.

When the day came an installer arrived in the afternoon. Alone.

I asked, “Are you by yourself? It’s just you?

I was thinking of all the furniture that needed to be dealt with, heavy furniture.

“Yeah, It’s just me. I was supposed to have a helper, but he didn’t show up. So it’s just me.”

“Gees”, I said. “You need a helper. It’s a big job. One guy can’t do that. Let’s talk to the office.”

We called the office and after confirming noone else was available for the installation, we rescheduled the job to the following week, on Tuesday. That was OK. Our house guests were not coming until Sunday.

That weekend our brother-in-law died. We made arrangements to fly north on Tuesday and home after the funeral on Wednesday.

I called the company and rescheduled the installation for Thursday. That was OK. Our house guests were not coming until Sunday.

“Bring a couple of guys”, I said.

Thursday four guys showed up. And they got right to work. In no time, they had removed the old carpet and started cutting the new pieces to size. Much of the work was done in my driveway.

As they were working away a young woman came by and began to ask the workers about their Worker’s Compensation coverage. She identified herself as a Compliance Investigator from the Bureau of Compliance, Division of Workers’Compensation, Florida Department of Financial Services. The foreman referred her to his employer, giving her the phone number. She was unable to get the information she was seeking, either because she did not make contact or the person would not give her the information. It wasn’t clear to me.

What was clear to me was the fact that suddenly the crew packed up and drove away. Leaving us with a bare floor, the old carpet having been removed. AAAAAAGH!!!!

I suspect a couple of the guys were not legal immigrants and they wanted nothing to do with this.

I called the company and explained the situation. It was NOT OK. We have guests coming Sunday!

They said they would take care of it.

Later that afternoon one guy, Richard, showed up. He moved furniture, cut and installed the carpet and padding, vacuumed up the debris, reset the furniture. He did it all. It looks wonderful.

After this I think I will just be quiet.

more to come

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About Thomas L. Tribby

Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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