Contractor defended for charging family for renovation


Members of a popular internet have flocked to the defense of a contractor who refused to renovate his father-in-law’s bathroom for free.

In a viral Reddit post posted to r/antiwork, Redditor u/rluzz001 (otherwise known as the original poster, or OP) said his services were unwittingly offered and described his wife’s shock upon learning that those services cost the money.

Entitled, “[Am I the a**hole] for telling my wife I wasn’t working for my stepdad for free?” the post received over 7,500 votes and 1,200 comments in the last day.

Beginning with the explicit warning that he doesn’t work overtime and does side jobs, the original poster said he was appalled to learn he had volunteered for the renovation and made it clear that the project would have a significant cost.

“She hung up the phone with her dad and said we’ll drop some stuff off and I can watch the bathroom floor whatever he wants to do,” OP wrote. “Floor, new toilet, and new vanity and trim.”

“I was annoyed that she proposed to me but I said okay you can sort out the payment,” OP added.

After informing her that it would take “a few hundred dollars” to fix her dad’s bathroom, the original poster said his wife became furious and wondered how he could possibly charge members of the family for a substantial amount of work.

“She has everything p**sed [and said], “I will never ask you for help again, God forbid,” OP wrote. “I said, ‘That’s not a favor. A favor is to move a refrigerator or sofa. This is a project. I don’t know what you think I do all day, but the last thing I want to be is on all fours doing flooring.

“I haven’t felt bad at all since he announced the house,” OP continued. “No free work. For anyone.”

Last year, data collected by Resume Lab revealed that 93% of working professionals say they have provided free services to family members and friends.

However, this same data also revealed that more than half (53%) of these professionals thought they should have been paid for their work, and a majority of workers under the age of 39 thought they should have been paid. still get paid for their services.

In 2019, the jobs website Ladders examined the relationships between these disgruntled contractors and family members who ask for – or expect – free work and offered two suggestions: reduced family rates that make loved ones happy while receiving remuneration, or clear boundaries separating personal and professional affairs. .

But for some friends and family members, discount fares aren’t discounted enough, and limits are rarely adhered to.

Members of Reddit’s r/antiwork forum defended an entrepreneur who refused to work for his family for free.
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Along with his viral post on Reddit, the original poster claimed that the difference between getting paid to renovate his stepdad’s bathroom wouldn’t make him rich and completing the project for free wouldn’t leave him penniless.

On the contrary, the original poster stated that the situation was a matter of principle and that his wife and stepfather “just didn’t get the message”.

Throughout the comments section of the viral post, Redditors echoed that sentiment and praised OP for sticking to his stance against the family members.

“I’m an electrician by trade and my general rules are, if it’s a friend or a family member, and it’s an emergency…I’ll come and have a look for nothing as a favor,” he said. wrote Redditor u/Heatuponheatuponheat in the top comment of the post, which received over 4,000 votes. “If it’s any type of project…they pay half or two-thirds of my normal rate.”

“If the price is too high, they are asked to hire someone from the phone book and pay double or triple,” they continued. “No family member should ever ask you to work days for free, and you should never expect to be unpaid for your work.”

Redditor u/SassyVikingNA offered a similar answer and focused on the woman from the original poster.

“Definitely not the asshole,” they wrote. “She’s offering to volunteer for a major project without consulting you at all and expecting you to do it for free, that’s not acceptable.”

“If it’s a favor she can do it then,” replied Redditor u/TheRealOgScott.


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