Today was just crap. I show up for a regular cleaning job. I have cleaned for them at least 4 years. It is a business, a huge warehouse space. Never
raised their price, they get charged the least for the hardest job, but they have been very lenient with me rescheduling/changing days. I am am an
independent contractor though and they have said any day but fri or sat is fine.
I show up today, right time, regular day. They happen to be doing a project that has things all over the floor. They tell me sorry, they didn't check
their voicemail where I confirmed when I was coming, but today won't work, can you come back tomorrow? I had just ridden a bike there in the beating
If I were a regular employee, under the law, they would have owed me 4 hours or a regular shift, whichever is smaller and not toward future hours,
just owed it (NYS law). I do charge 4 hours minimum, it is in all ads, has always been. I don;t have a written contract with them, but I know I owe an
electrician or plumber trip charges or charges they note in their ad or over the phone when they come to my house- even if I send them away.
Being a contractor,
I know an electrician or a plumber would have said fine, invoiced them for a trip charge-whether on the spot or by mail/email and gotten back into
their air conditioned van.
So i say to them, can you pay me in advance of tomorrow or give me half? That I did make the trip out and that I don;t have any money. They say they
don't feel good about doing that, but out of the goodness of their heart, on good faith as well, they would give me half. That's $32 toward tomorrow.
Not a trip charge. Probably would have been nicer to say "Here's $20 for your effort, time and travel", but that was not the case.
I have a good relationship with them and don;t want to cause a problem, but it made me feel like nothing.
edit on 22-7-2015 by reldra because:
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edit on 22-7-2015 by reldra because: (no reason given)