Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Is cheating getting worse? Has there ever been anything but cheating? It's just been swept under the rug in the past. Next door neighbor had a pipe-burst in his main water line. Contractor showed up, gave him a reasonable bid. Did the work. Then told him that the city's pipes were at fault, it was a much bigger job than anticipated, he charged him 4x the quoted amount, and told him to see so-and-so down at City Hall, and to take a good friend of his--a lawyer--with him. Within weeks, the city settled with my neighbor for 3x the amount that he was charged. My neighbor called a friend of his at the state level, and now the Feds are involved.

This would have been a seamless scheme to bilk the city.

by Upstate NY on Sun Aug 29th, 2010 at 09:40:35 AM EST

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