we wuz robbed! who's in your house??
Who'd a thunk it? Almost a year with workmen crawling all over our house, day in and day out- and not a thing touched- not a hair out of place. But last week, we had a small section of carpet replaced upstairs, and immediately discovered a significant amount of cash missing. No jewelry that I can tell, passports are accounted for, but a wad from DH's drawer and a stash in DS's sock drawer (how desperate were these guys to even ENTER a teen-aged boy's closet- ew!) are gone. I was downstairs with our cabinet guy while he finished the install above the desk area.
It's cash- it's fungible - it's gone.
OK- here's the lowdown on the guys who were in our house. Two of the 3 have criminal records. The foreman has priors for concealing stolen property, larceny, violation of protection order, and so forth. He's the guy in charge. Not reassuring.
Mr. Penitentary, the other guy, is on a work release program. He's been to prison (hard core prison, people- none of this baby county jail stuff) 3 times. Multiple larcenies, drug possession, aiding a prisoner's escape, attempted escape, multiple felonies, etc., etc. My eyebrows are still in my hairline after finding out that a company that has workers IN CUSTOMERS' HOMES would hire these people.
It's amazing what you can find out with names. Add birthdates to that and it's a treasure trove. If I can do it, the contractors can do it. WHAT are these people thinking?
Of course I filed a police report. My fear is that although there is not enough evidence to file charges on these guys, they'll lose their jobs and decide to get even. They know where I live and that I'm a SAHM. Our police department has the house on a stepped-up watch, and I have very heavy All-Clad that I can swing with remarkable precision... Hell hath no fury like a menopausal woman who is PO'd. Grrrrrrr.
I have learned a hard lesson. From now on, in similar situations, I will ask the following questions before having people I do not know working in/around my house-
-Exactly what crew is assigned to come out?
-Full names of all? Birthdates? (in the public domain- not a privacy issue)
-Do you do background checks on your workers? Are you aware of any criminal records?
Then, because I am a lawyer and a nerd, I will email a confirmation of our conversation so I have a record of it.
I can't get too upset- they didn't take any heirlooms, no destruction. But I guess it's a work-release jungle out there- so be careful, y'all!