I had a very odd workman stop by yesterday to do an “annual” inspection to our house. We have a contract with the company and the company has been around for probably 40 years or more.
The interaction started out weird because he called first to let me know he was coming. (The office hadn’t called to warn me of the inspection before the actual day, which I think is odd as well.) For whatever reason I couldn’t hear him on the phone line. I could see the company’s name on my caller ID but couldn’t hear anything. He called three times without me being able to hear him and then showed up anyway.
He asked if it was OK to do the inspection. I said sure fine. Lilina and I were in the house alone. (This is why this is a mom topic. I think often women are the ones who have to be in the house when workmen come.) But I’m not generally bothered or intimidated by having workmen in the house. (I had a bunch of different people in the house for our renovation.)
However, this guy made me very nervous. I thought twice about being the basement with him and kept near a door so I could run.
I could’t decide if he was just inappropriately chatty or was casing my house. He asked some normal questions like how long we had been in the house but then started asking about my husband.
“Where does he work? DOES HE TRAVEL OFTEN?”
CREEPY!! This is the question that really bothered me. Ladies, no matter what the answer truly is you always so “NO. He’s here all the time!”
I felt so uncomfortable with the guy that I told my girlfriend on the phone after he left that if I turned up dead this was the first guy to question. I later told Michael the same thing.
I don’t want this guy to lose his job. I just don’t want him in my house ever again.
Do you call the company and report the behavior? He could just be a lovely chatty fellow. I’m chatty and ask people all kinds of questions. But it made me uncomfortable enough to tell friends if I were murdered to start with him!
Can I just call and request a different inspector next year? That’s my passive aggressive way to solve the problem.
What do you think? Have you ever been uncomfortable with a workman in your home? (I think that’s more threatening that at the car shop or some other service.) Have you reported questionable behavior?
Is this questionable behavior or am I just paranoid?