Thursday, April 18, 2013

SNAFU - Color Me Surprised

So, the moving guys show up today to pick up all our crap.  A lot of crap.  But crap we have tried to let the sales guy know about and whose response was usually "okay okay".  First thing is they hand Hubby an envelope and say "how much do you want to do for gratuity?"  Ummm....what?  This is your job douchebag.  Big guys.  Guys who tell him the standard is 10% of the total move...which they have now told him will be TWICE AS MUCH.  So they want extra up front.  And these are BIG GUYS.  So Hubby gives them the money. 

And the damn sales guy was no help.  Told him to give them the money and he'd sort it out after the load came in to figure out costs.  WHAT???

He spoke with the owner.  Who was sort of helpful. 

What does all this mean?  We will most likely have no backup money for rent until Hubby gets work.  He needs to find a job IMMEDIATELY.  You know, no pressure.  Just the exact issue we were trying to avoid.  

And it means me giving up the idea of hiring a midwife for a homebirth (which I haven't even had a chance to write about). 

I learned today that not only does exhaustion bring on contractions.  So does me having a total meltdown. 

Seriously....every time we try to plan stuff out...



  1. I never even knew you were supposed to tip moving guys. We usually just provide them lunch and that's it.

  2. I posted info on the BAI message boards, but feel free to go to the BAI page and contact any doulas/midwives you see in your area directly. No one should have to give up on a birth dream- regardless of financial situations. There are wonderful women in this field who want to help, truly. I hope you are able to find one.

  3. Honestly, moving guys generally don't make much. When we moved, we found out that our "Two Men and a Truck" guys made only about $7 an hour--not much considering how hard they worked. It is standard to tip your movers.

  4. I can't believe they asked for gratuity before they even moved you! That's complete BS! Also, the estimate shouldn't be that off. Complain complain complain puhleaze!


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