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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, August 05, 2020, 10:58 (82 days ago) @ frostbite

A while ago we needed some roofing work done. We hired a supposedly good contractor, insisted that his workers are HIS employees, are covered by insurance and are properly secured while working on the roof. On the first day, one of the workers - unsecured - fell off the roof and was severely injured. No insurance and we took it in the shorts financially. Should we need to do such work again, we'll have our attorney make sure everything is in order before starting.


Amigo, we have work done all the time just like everyone else who lives here. Most of it quite informal. Accidents happen but no one gets sued for them. You got hit for being a foreigner who doesn't speak the language or know local customs. It's easy to take advantage of outsiders or newbies anywhere in the world. When folks see you have money to throw at things, they'll take it from you. That's why locals know never to look like you have money. And never let yourself be taken advantage of. Including by los ministerios públicos, lawyers looking for a piece of your pie along with their assistants, and especially los secretarios de acuerdos at the juzgado, sometimes even the judges themselves, as I found out the hard way though I eventually prevailed. Sorry to say, but I've said it to you before, there were just too many things you did wrong that opened you up to this type of extortion. How do you hire "a supposedly good contractor"? According to whom?


I hired a good architect/contractor - Luis Trevino - to build the place, after the original guy said my drawings were "too ordinary"; he needed to be more creative. I saw a picture of a place Luis designed, so I called him. Very satisfied by his work but, in the meantime, he has left the area.

The roofer was recommended by a neighbor.

Regardless of how humble and seedy you might try to look, it won't take Mensa membership to realize you have money, if you're planning to build locally.

We've had excellent assistance from a local attorney in other matters.

What else did we do wrong?

Yeah, unfortunately I know one of your favorite attorneys whom you've recommended here often whom I believe has questionable moral and ethical principles. Don't get me started or I'll say something he'll have to sue me for.

As someone who has spent most of the past 50 years living in vacation destinations, I believe I speak for a lot of locals everywhere when I say our favorite visitors are the ones who come and visit then leave. ;-)


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