When was the last time you heard, "Talk to your husband and get back with us." when going to purchase a car, appliance, or just about any damn thing? When was the last time some condescending contractor totally disregarded your instructions because he knew better than you, what you wanted done?
I have been living that nightmare for 4 months now. I took bids on a siding/window and door project late in 2011. Work started the Monday after Thanksgiving. When this company bid I was told to expect completion in 3 weeks. Since we were going into the winter months I figured, double that. Well, it is now approaching April and the job is still incomplete.
My doors and shutters were ordered incorrectly. I caught the shutter problem before they were installed but not the doors. I do work for a living. I even went so far as to agree to keep the wrong doors (they were hung, it was winter and hey, I needed doors!) if they would paint them correctly. They botched the job and broke a door frame. The correct doors had to be re-ordered, painted and hung.
Again they botched it. Right doors, wrong paint job. My shutters were the correct type this time but...are you ready?...were hung upside down, crooked and one set short. I kid you not! When was the last time you saw a house with 4 windows across the front but only 3 sets of shutters? There have been lots of other "small" things along the way but I won't bore you.
Yesterday I met with the boss, the painter, and the troubleshooter. The boss got in my face and tried to make me the villain in this story! I didn't order the doors and shutters! I didn't fail to follow through to make sure they were painted correctly. When they left I stripped the remaining paint from around the door windows. (The painter had started it, made a mess of it and said he would complete the job when they came back to fix the shutters!)
I would run out of fingers and toes if I tried to count up the number of women I know who has received this sort of treatment.
So, for all you asshat "salesmen" out there. It took me 6 hours to purchase my first new car. It took me 15 minutes the second time at the same dealership. I am not an air-headed bimbo so don't treat me like one. You won't like the result.
Women outlive men, many are choosing to never marry or are widowed/divorced and make all their own decisions concerning the major purchases in their lives. You want OUR business? Treat us with the respect we deserve or pay the consequences.
Have you had any similar experiences? Let me hear them! Who knows, I might write a book...