Money for nothing and your chicks for free. As the song implies, everyone is always looking for that easy money, that easy ride, to screw someone because reaching for top is that important. Now that I have some marketable skills from my post secondary education, the prospect of making some money on the side is a luring prospect.
This morning I had a phone call from a company that was interested in hiring me and my business associate to do a small job on-site. Like all other calls of enquiry, the usual list of qualifications and experiences, came the issue of what the client wanted. As we talked, I started to realize that this business owner was not just looking for someone to fix his network and mainframe, but he was looking for someone to contract to operate it for a indefinite amount of time–not what his ad stated.
As a courtesy, I never cut people off during a conversation, or talk over them. Once I realized what the guy wanted, I let him do his spiel. After he was done, I told him that we do not do that type of work, and as his ad stipulated, we only do trouble shouting and installation work–not data management and clerical work. I suggested that he change his ad to reflect this. However, every time I started speak, he would interrupt me, cutting in as soon as I started to explain my position. Then it became evident that this guy was looking for a sucker to take on his work, that he had mislead us in his ad, and was willing to stoop so low as to tell me that we had misrepresented ourselves. He was never looking for someone to install or fix his network, he was looking for employees; and if my figures are correct, he would be paying minimum wages to them for this work. This guy was slick!
As a favour to him, and any other possible victims, I contacted the company that is charge of listing the ads to warn them about the misleading nature of this guy’s ad. About an hour later I logged on to the site and found that they had pulled the offending ad off. Regrettably, this was the only justice I could seek from all of this, and I will never recover all the time and energy spent setting this deal up. I guess that is all part of doing business…