In case you thought I was getting soft with all the pay it forward, what goes around comes around stuff, here's another rant for you.
What some people won’t do just to make a couple of dollars, even to the extent of putting their life in danger. The first of October I had to move because the old house I was renting was in sad shape. The landlord received permission from the city to demolish it as he wanted to build a duplex. When he informed me that he received permission to demolish it, I looked for another place, I found one just a couple of blocks away from where I had been living. On the first of October I moved. After everything had been moved, and was settled in I noticed something for the first time. I had to go to the bathroom for the first time in the new place. I walked in the bathroom and when I flipped the switch for the light, none came on. So the next day I informed my new landlord and she said that she would send an electrician down the next day to see what was wrong.
The next morning there was knocking at the front door. When I answered it, this guy introduced himself as the electrician who was here to fix the bathroom light. I let him in but I noticed that he never had any tools or tester to check the wires. So I followed him to the bathroom and what did he do? After disconnecting two of the wires that were connected together, I found out that his tester was thumb and index finger. He touches one wire with his thumb and the other one with his index finger then he turns around and says "I feel a little tingle". I would say that if there would have been the 110 volt that it was supposed to have he would have taken a flip off the toilet he was standing on. Not very professional.
I guess he went back to the landlord and told her that there was power. But the next day she sent a real electrician and he tested those same wires with his tester and found out that there was only 75 volts coming through. Since the kitchen light wasn’t working either, he took that one apart and found out that the way it was connected it was causing a short so he had to repair that one also.
I would say that the first one that represented himself as an electrician is a danger to himself and the property of others and other people’s lives. He's getting paid identifying himself as having a skill that he probably doesn't really have. While talking to him, I realize that the first "electrician" seemed to have a big ego and that big ego is liable to affect his decisions especially in doing electrical work.
That’s my rant of the day.