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I hired a guy to do some landscaping around the house. Just a bunch of brush trimming and pushing it all back to the treeline around the house itself.

Got a recommendation from a local FB group for a local guy. Call him up and he comes out and looks at the job and quotes me $500. Ok...that's in line with what others have charged for similar service in the past.

Last week, he texts me and says, "I'll be there Friday."
Ok...cool. I confirm the $500 and tell him that when he's done, knock on the door and my daughter will get him the check.

He texts back and says, "Make it out to <bla bla bla>. What bank to you use? They charge me to cash your check."

Uhhh....I use DCU.

"Ok...then please add $6 to the check".

WTF?

Because I wanted the job done and didn't feel like finding another service, I did it.

So, the guy clearly doesn't have a checking account or he's working under the table. Don't really care, but why the f*ck should I have to pay the guy to cash my check?

Guy did a great job, but that interaction really put me off and I probably won't use him again for that reason.

What would NES do...besides bang his wife, leave an upper decker and throw his car keys onto the roof? :)
 

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Yeah, he doesn’t have a bank account. He probably isn’t great with money. But he did a good job, you gave him a 6 dollar tip, or the bank a tip. What’s 6 bux compared to 500? Nothing.

Next time if he does a good job give him
Cash
 

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What bank to you use? They charge me to cash your check...
Tell him to cash it at HIS bank and he will save the $6 dollar fee.
and then pay him the $500 he AGREED on...

Or, tell him: "That's funny, I have a $10 check-writing fee..."
and write him a check for $490.

"There's a lot of Fun in the world if you are willing to pursue it..."
 
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Ok...cool. I confirm the $500 and tell him that when he's done, knock on the door and my daughter will get him the check.

He texts back and says, "Make it out to <bla bla bla>. What bank to you use? They charge me to cash your check."

Uhhh....I use DCU.

"Ok...then please add $6 to the check".

WTF?
You get charged to cash a check? Sounds like a 'you problem'.

While YOU might not have a problem with him not paying taxes and working the system, as a taxpayer and potential funder of the services he may be using, I have a **HUGE** problem with it. My 2c.
 

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My plow guy has the same problem with DCU cashing checks since he does not have an account there. I give him a check from a different bank or cash.
 

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Depending on the amount and type of work I’m having done I will always try and offer cash for a cash discount. Up to that person how they write it up on their side. Something like yard work where you can see the results instantly then cash is fine. Something I want more of a warranty on I pay with cheque as that is a transaction record.

However in this case if he did a good job $6 is just about a 1% tip. If he cashed it at his bank there’d be a record, your bank he just gets cash. Maybe his saving hard for a new gun and didn’t want his wife to know.

$6 on a $500 job, I wouldn’t sweat it.
 

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Anyone doing business that doesn't have their own BANK ACCOUNT is not legit and should be avoided. JayMcB is dead nuts on...
 

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Anyone doing business that doesn't have their own BANK ACCOUNT is not legit and should be avoided. JayMcB is dead nuts on...
So you need to be committed to feeding the beast to be legit? Tax evaders everywhere disagree.

The bigger problem is if the dude is not insured, better hope he doesn't have an accident on your property.
 

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Always pay cash for stuff like this. Personal checks suck.

Was at DD this morning, in the drive through line. When I get to the window the kids there are dying laughing. Apparently the slightly older woman ahead of me didn’t have cash or a card and wanted to pay with a check. She drove off empty handed. I think the quote was “it’s 2019, what’s wrong with you?”
 

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I'd avoid a guy like that.
Pay a guy 600 who's insured and has a bank account.
You may find a guy like that hurts himself and you find out from your insurance company that a lawyer is filing a claim on their behalf.
You, having no knowledge of injury, get dumped by your insurance company with little notice because you didn't notify them of an injury sustained on your property.
You then get a visit from the insurance company lawyer and city code inspector on back to back days.
Ask me how I know!
Luckily... 100% up to code.
Guy gets 20k from the insurance co. Well, probably 10 or 12 after the lawyer.
 

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Insurance is key if you’re having work done on your property. That being said, banks that charge people to cash checks should be put out of business. DCU and Bank of America to name a couple.
 

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I'd say this right here. As far as tax avoidance goes, good for him. We should all be trying to avoid paying taxes.
It's not the avoiding taxes. It's that people who show no income to the gov will then go and take "assistance" based on their lack of income. I've seen one too many Mercedes or BMW picking up welfare checks back when I was married with little kids and struggling to get by.
 

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Banks don't charge for casing a check drawn on that bank.
He's using a check cashing service.
 

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my guy is a gem. he's independant, comes by himself, spends a minimum of 4 hours on the property and it looks much better than my neighbors properties who use the same slam bam, in/out with a crew of 6 in 15 minutes fancy outfits. i'd pay him the 6 bucks extra to help him out if he were in the same position. the guy prefers cash so cash he gets.
 

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What should you do over a $6 up charge that’s bothering you imposed by a guy who worked in your yard all day? Ask yourself why am I such a dink that 6 bucks has me running to my computer to ask what to do about the 6 bucks would be a good start. It probably cost you six dollars in electricity to log onto your computer and ask that question you cheap bastard. Another liberal all for the working man until it cost him..an extra 6 bucks.
 
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First of all you have no idea why he cashes checks, I know guys who do that because they need to turn around fast and buy things for the next job, gas up the truck/equipment etc. Maybe his bank doesn't make funds available right away (mine doesn't). Pay the $6 and complain to the real enemy here - your bank. Tell them because of their ridiculous policy you just lost a terrific contractor who actually shows up when he says he's going to, does what he said he would, and all for the original quoted (fair) price. Ask that they reimburse you.
 

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If he has a shitty bank like Citizens they charge 5.00 to cash an “on them” check. I was so pissed off and walked out and went to my own bank.
 

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It's not the avoiding taxes. It's that people who show no income to the gov will then go and take "assistance" based on their lack of income. I've seen one too many Mercedes or BMW picking up welfare checks back when I was married with little kids and struggling to get by.
Can't argue with that
 
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