Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Not Truck Buddy Material: Steve

How could I have forgotten Steve? He was one of the first really shocking burn-outs of the modern MTB era.

Steve talked the talk like they all do. "I'm 100 percent reliable, a fast learner, a hard worker, etc..." Blah, blah, blah. He responded to an ad where I noted -- in some detail -- that I didn't want guys to come in here thinking they know everything about moving and refuse to learn our way. "No problem," Steve said. "I'll do it your way."

On his third job he showed up, took a look at the job, and declared that it was really more of a "two-man job." It may have been, but if I tell a customer three guys is likely to be better (as in, it'll save them money by completing the job more quickly), then that's what they expect and that's what they get. But not only did Steve decide to re-negotiate the terms of the job while on-site, he told the crew leader to "put him down for two hours" even though he'd only worked for a few minutes or so. And then he left.

So, by "I'll do it your way," he really meant "I'll do whatever the hell I want, and oh, by the way, I'm going to steal from you."

Thanks Steve. Good luck in life.

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