Hi all, I'm not quite sure how this will be recieved but I feel like this is something I'd like to warn people about.
A few months ago, a friend who works in the same trade as me who has had a long running and successful career I might add, was subject to being scammed when he finished work, and went to bill the customer only to be told to 'come back later' and after getting this same response several times had to give up. He warned me by giving a description of the family - Irish migrants recently moved from Dublin
Fast forward to yesterday (09/10/14) and after completing a job less than 500 metres away from where the same thing had happened to my friend, It happened to me, as these people were also recently moved from Dublin I thought no way can the 2 sets of people both be scammers. But after giving them the benefit of the doubt and after completing the works, we were told to go to an address nearby to collect payment. Reluctantly, we did so, only to find another Irish family who said they were related but wouldnt be paying. So back to the original address less than 5 minutes later and no answer at the dooor, but I managed to catch the home owner steal a glance through a blind. Still no answer.
What Im trying to convay here is NOT a message of distaste towards migrants but to those who may take up work in the Shiregreen area is to be vigilant and ask for the bill to be paid upfront.
Any questions you may have regarding this Ill be happy to answer as I have left out small details in the interest of time