“My brother, who has zero experience in construction, answered a craigslist ad for a roofer position at a large roofing company. They offered it to him after a brief interview, 15 bucks an hour. He started work and was ‘trained’ by a crack addicted employee. The crack head, actually asked to borrow money from him for supplies, which turned out to be a lie for drugs – he obliged and offered up $200 – which he never saw again. My brother confronted his boss after the crack head went awol for a week. The boss had the keys to his apartment (the crack head was staying at an apartment of his) and offered him to go in and take whatever he wanted ! My brother quit shortly after.
If this is the quality of the people who are in the industry now, I can only wonder the quality of the output… crazy.”
- Loon at VREAA 30 Oct 2011 8:46pm
“When I was younger I did roofing for an outfit in Alberta and they had strict standards:
- sneak off to a local pub at lunch for a quick beer if you’re going to drink on the job. Or a one beer limit on the roof, but pound it so the customer doesn’t see
- smoke weed in the company truck but never ever on the roof. That would be unprofessional
- if it goes up nose I don’t want to know about it, but you’d better share
– if you’re working on the road don’t bring hookers back to the motel room you’re sharing with your fellow roofer. That’s what parking lots are for.
- be nice to the new guy. He just got out of prison, and oh by the way – can he stay with you for a while until he gets on his feet?
- all fights are to be done on the ground away from the kettle. And don’t throw hot tar at your enemy/co-worker no matter how much you want to kill him
- nobody you know at VREAA 30 Oct 2011 9:29pm
Concerned citizens hear these stories all the time, but they’ve gotta be exaggerations, right?