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April 12th, 2007 at 07:56 am

My little elderly neighbor called me last night. The one who has me and my daughter mixed up. She was upset. Our area has been besieged since the hurricane with unscrupulous people who claim to be contractors, or roofers, or tree people, etc. She got a tree person. He quoted a large price, but she said no. Then they settled on a smaller price, and she designated all she needed done. He agreed, then didn't do but a very little of it and demanded money. She said no because he hadn't done much of anything he agreed on. He cursed at her, called her vile things, and threatened to have an "accident" on her property. He was doing this to a little elderly lady while he stood there with a crew of grown men. She stood up to him. He left without his money. She called the city and the police took a report. Hope they find these guys and run them out of town. They were bullying a little elderly lady. Too bad she didn't call the neighbor on the other side of me. He was home yesterday and would have easily handled those bullies. I sat with her a bit. We got to talking about finances. When her DH passed away in his eighties, she had never paid bills and didn't know anything about their finances. She's had to learn the hard way. And his pension stopped on his death. And she said he left some debts, probably from his final illness. She is rather upbeat about it all. She wanted to know if my insurance had changed the windstorm coverage like hers had. She has to figure out how to come up with a large lump sum at her age. She does have family here that could help, but it made me think. I am very glad that I help do finances and know where everything is. I am very glad we are getting out of debt. I'm very glad we are starting to plan more for retirement. Wow, it sure was a wake up call....
She sent me home with half a cake and a wonderful candle. She's so sweet!

7 Responses to “Bullies...”

  1. tinapbeana Says:

    hate to hear your neighbor had a hard time with such a shady guy. bluh!!! sounds like she could be pretty fiesty if she needed to, though, which is a good thing. and it's nice of you to spend time with her: maybe you can help her brainstorm some ways she can bring in cash when needed!

  2. JanH Says:

    Now, there's an idea.....

  3. Ima saver Says:

    What a nice friend you are.

  4. tinapbeana Says:

    does she do anything crafty, jan, like knit or crochet? you could sell her stuff for her on etsy or ebay if she does...

  5. JanH Says:

    No, I don't think she is a crafty person. I've not seen anything she has done if she is. I'm not sure she can sit still that long! lol. She's a very energetic little thing. I don't think she bakes either. She usually buys her baked goods. I'm hoping her son can help her if she is in a bind now with the insurance.

  6. Broken Arrow Says:

    I really despise bullies, but I'm glad she stood up to them.

  7. fairy74 Says:

    Wow, that took some courage for her to do. Good for you lending an ear! Smile

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