Have you ever had a call from a client who said they lived locally and the work was paper based and so they needed to drop it round? I did and very naively I didn’t think anything of it. It was a very friendly call and a nice little job that would have earned a substantial amount of money and the work being paper based seemed plausible enough to me. It was only when the client said that he would be bringing his mother with him that I started to wonder, although again the explanation given was that he was flying out of the country the next day and would be dropping by on his way to taking his mother out for the day because he wouldn’t see her for a while. Plausible? I have an aging mother in law and perhaps it is something that I would do on the way to somewhere else but subconsciously my mind was piecing together that he would need to come in to explain the job to me but that’s okay, I thought, I’d just make her a cup of tea. I just so happened to have a painter at the house, painting the outside and so when I was explaining where I lived, I jokingly said that he would easily spot the house with all the painting equipment outside on the front. After the call I even polished the lounge and tidied up in preparation for the visit.
The day passed and the client didn’t come. I felt quite disappointed. It was only when I told my husband in the evening about it that it dawned on me that I had probably had a very lucky escape. Two strangers in the house and just me, my husband pointed out, am I for real? It doesn’t bare thinking about what could have happened. I just thank God, literally, that I tagged into the conversation that the painter was here. Obviously realising I wasn’t alone they thankfully decided it wasn’t worth the effort.
Hopefully other home based typists aren’t as naïve as me but I felt it was important to highlight this had happened because I was fortunate, the next home based typist might not be. It has taught me a big lesson about my personal security and I have now changed my policy to meeting people, I do not know, in a local café. Other people say, maybe he decided not to have the work done or he found someone else who offered a cheaper quote. Maybe, but I’d rather not take the chance, would you?
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