Yesterday we had tree trimmers come out from the electric co. because of high winds and power outage the day before. We started to leave for church and noticed our double gate was wide open and they had not even bothered to ring the door bell and let us know they wanted to get in the back to remove some tree limbs. Thank God Mandy, Tina, and Kayla had not come out until we started to leave. My husband talked to the supervisor and he said he didn't care how expensive our dogs were, blah blah, and laughed and thought it was real funny. I called today to report them and we are putting up a no trespassing sign on the front and back gate. I told the electric co. we didn't want to get anyone fired but his attitude sucked and our babies could have got out and got run over or God knows what. What would you have done??? I am still mad.
I had something similar happen to me a few months ago. An electric company guy came out to check meters and my meter is located out in the horse pasture. They guy just moseyed on out there and never bothered to shut the gate. Luckily the horses didnt notice and get out. If my horses think the gate is open they come running as fast as they can and take advantage of it. I told him he needed to start shutting peoples gates. I was kind of mad too.
Personally I think they had their nerve. They are not suppose to do that. What if we had not been at home. It was just a matter of minutes and we would not have been. If one of my babies or to lose all three of them would have been more than I could take. People have no concern for anything but themselves anymore. My husband loves them all but he is so attached to this yorkie baby that I think if anything had happen to her or any one of them he would have been to bury too. He was sooooo mad. I don't think I would have blamed him when that guy just laughed if he had of punched him out. I know thats wrong to feel like that, but these are just like our kids.
It's a good idea to get names, employee number, vehicle number, and license number. If you don't get satisfaction, write the newspaper, call the local TV station troubleshooters. Utilities take notice when details show up in a complaint. Had a problem once with the ground being positively charged in my dairy. Cows don't like electrical shock very much. It adversely affected my income. I got the CEO to come to my farm. He laughed and said because it was on my side of the meter it wasn't his problem. I showed him copies of two news articles from other states in which dairy owners had been awarded over i/2 million dollars for the same problem. He quickly told me how difficult these problems were to find and repair. I replied that if he didn't start it would take longer. It took them over a week but they repaired the problem. Don't let them run over you. Your money supports them. Too many people forget the saying that the customer is always right. Good luck!
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I have never had any utility person just open a gate without calling or knocking first. They have always asked if there are any dogs and to please keep them locked up if we are not going to be there. As a matter of fact, one time I had to call for a problem with my phone line inside the house and the repair man wouldn't step foot inside the door with my little dog out - he probably would have had an accident if he had seen the big one ! I would definately report him to his supervisor and if the supervisor doesn't seem to care - keep going up the ladder! His attitude about the whole thing is just uncalled for. He should have simply apologized and closed the gate. I hope something gets done about it and I am happy that your babies are alright!
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I don't care what state you live in. Wearing a uniform and being on official business does not permit a person to ignore their responsibility to take reasonable precautions to ensure they don't cause unneccesary damage or loss. Closing a gate is one of the simplest reasonable precautions you can take and anyone of minimal intelligence will be aware of how to do it. I can't get over how some people think they can trample people's rights because they wear a uniform. Do they think they can't be sued? Do they think their company will back them up in a lawsuit when it is surely company policy to take reasonable care with the property of others? I'd have reported the guy in a heartbeat and backed it up with a written complaint and a note to the local newspaper. Our local free paper has a section specifically for making short comments about local things and believe me, the businesses and even local government agencies react swiftly to those comments.
First of all thank God that no animals were injured or lost. I too would be mad as He!!. Not only would I complain, but I would padlock my gate and post no tresspassing sign. There is no excuse for them even being on your fenced property without permission, the other stuff is just ridiculous. I personally like the signs that say "My dog can make it to the fence in 2.5 seconds, can you?" and "No tresspassers, violators will be shot."
I like that Rotluvr, lol!!! Mine are fast on their feet too. Can you imagine if Kayla (my baby yorkie) is a yr. old today, had gotten down to the main street as busy as it is. Even our street is pretty busy and Heaven forbid someone is going to stop for "just a dog". I told my husband I would have never gotten over it if those little girls had gotten run over. We did report it and I talked to 3 supervisors. We will see what happens. Would love to have one of those signs! lol!!