Drive time. Just about everyone does it.
We spend time in our cars getting from one place to another-- To a job and back home again-- To school, shopping or the movies-- To doctors, the post office or the bank-- To really, everywhere we want or need to go. And if you happen to live in the Los Angeles area like I do, you probably spend way too much time in your car suiting in traffic. But that's life in paradise-- or your car as the case may be-- in this part of the world.
I've learned to live with the traffic in LA and the time I spend getting to and from. But today that drive time gave me pause-- to the tune of $125 extra big bucks that my electrician wanted.
I started what was supposed to be a simple installation of a couple of sconces in our dining room. The price was set and the work began.
Once the wall was opened up and it was obviously going to be a far more difficult job than anticipated, Mr. Electrician and I renegotiated the price. His time went from a 3 hour job to an overall 8 hour job. I understood that and the adjusted price was more than fair.
At the end of the work day, my bill was presented and my check was written with the understanding Mr. Electrician would return next Thursday to do the final hour of work-- Actually attaching the sconces after the painter has patched, sanded and prepared the finished wall.
I have absolutely no doubt that Mr. Electrician would return because of our "connections" so he was paid in full.
Probably my first mistake. But really, I knew he would come back to finish the job...
Paying him in full is not my problem.
At the end of the much longer than expected work day at my house, Mr. Electrician sent nearly two hours inching along in LA's famous rush hour traffic to get home.
That night I received a call saying that he would return on Thursday as planned however, there would be an extra $125 charge because it takes so long to get to my house!
If his drive had been the anticipated 40 minutes home there would have been no extra charge. But he spent so much time driving from my house to his-- blah, blah, blah, whine, blah, whine-- that he wanted to charge me for his drive time.
That is absolutely not going to happen. Period. He's going to come back on Thursday and install my sconces as contracted with no extra cost.
But what I want to know is-- When did it become acceptable to expect a customer to pay for a contractor/company's drive time? He's an electrician, not a moving company or a taxi cab.
Am I missing something?
I never got paid to drive to work. Teachers don't get paid to drive to school. Police don't get paid to drive to work. Waitresses don't get drive pay. My painters don't get drive time pay, neither does my plumber.
Who the heck thinks they should get paid to actually GET to their job?
Am I missing something? I want to know.
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