Today (Saturday) I was out running errands and I got one of those phone calls that stops you dead in your tracks. I had run to the bank, literally about 10 minutes from my house and before I can even get there the phone rings.
I answer it and the voice on the other end says “There’s been an accident at your house!”… Let me back up. As I was getting ready to walk out the door #3 comes in and hubby was at work. Our lawn maintenance company was doing our yard. Our lawn maintenance guy has done our yard for like 12 or 15 years. He mowed at our other house before we bought this house. I used to babysit his kids when they were in elementary school. I’ve known him through 3 wives!
So, anyway, as I’m pulling out of the driveway he’s on his mower and his son (whom I used to babysit and is now in his twenties) was working the weed eater over near our mailbox. I waved and smiled and left. So, when he called me less than 10 minutes later panic shot through my heart. I couldn’t imagine what kind of accident happened that quickly.
I was so freaked that all I could stammer out was “OK?” as a question. He then went on to explain that his son had been using the weed eater by the front door in our “rock garden” and had “kicked up” a rock and shattered our front storm door. He was calling to warn me to tell everyone not to use the front door because of the broken glass.
Of course I’m thinking he means the glass that might be left over after the clean up but when I get home I realize that he hasn’t even bothered to clean up the glass. I’m sorry but that kind of bothered me. When I talked to him again I said “You didn’t clean up the glass?” And he said “Well,
no, I didn’t really have anything with me to deal with it but its safety glass so it shouldn’t be that hard to clean up. And from now on I won’t be able to cut near your front area because of the rock garden.”
Am I wrong to be perturbed by this? If I had broken someone’s front door, no matter the reason, I think even if I didn’t have the means with me to clean it up I would at least either knock on the door and ask for a broom and dustpan and garbage bag or I’d have gone to the store and bought whatever I needed to clean it up. And he only lives about 3 or 4 miles from me so for that matter he could have gone home and gotten what he needed.
He called me later (actually he tried to call hubby to apologize but hubby left his cell phone at home because he forgot to charge it) and said that he’s left the money I had left him under the mat and I could “take it off the cost of replacing the door”. Then he told me his son was actually edging the walk and kicked up the rock. I’m really at a loss as to how to handle this. I’ve known this guy for a long time and it’s really not the way I would have thought he would have handled this.
Now we have to buy another storm door and pay someone to put it in since hubby is not handy with stuff like that. And clean up all that glass! Last time the guy who hung it had a heck of a time and it took him like half a day. I’m not sure he’d be willing to do it again. And he hung two doors for about $150. The door itself cost about $300. And the guy who hung it came out to our house from about 40 miles away as a favor to hubby. Not sure if he’d be willing to do that again for one door.
Don’t get me wrong. I am very thankful that no one was hurt. And the glass is just a material possession and can be replaced. I guess I’m just being snarky but I can’t help the way I feel.
I’ll leave you guys with the pics. Please feel free to dispense any advice on how I should handle this.