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Topic: Man up in DungRankAlas


#1
rpzx10 - 14 Aug 2014 // 19:02:34

It was clear that I could not rely on Bulgarian workers so it came it a point that I decided I would have to start doing things myself .
It had been many years since I had worked on a building site mostly being a Can Lad and Jobber .
I did this after leaving School and having finding myself homeless used to move up and down the country doing farm and building work .
Mostly sleeping in bus shelters and out houses .

There was a Roma family who over the last few months had come to me asking me for work .
This I had always refused as the CORRECT BULGARIANS said they would not work with them .

I did some research and realised that most of my objectives I could do myself with little or no help .
But some things were not possible like hanging a bespoke door to a frame .
One needs to hold the door while another makes the holes and screws it in .

I had most of the tools I needed ( those that had not been stolen ) so bought a cement mixer and some power tools .
Then started fixing the walls and the floor .

One of the Roma came around again so I told him I could use a few people to tidy the garden and do some lifting for me .
The next day he turned up with 6 workers including himself 3 females and 3 males .
To be honest I did not need this amount of workers ( because unlike most Bulgarians who work 20 minutes stop and then watch somebody else do work ) I knew I could work a full nine hours non-stop even in heat .

Except for one fat guy called Ivan who seemed to decide he was the boss the others where to do the garden while he was to mix the cement in the ratio that I told him too for the floor .
Doing a garden was as far as he was considered a job for woman . ( even though it is very physical ) .

I showed him the ratios of cement , stone and sand I needed for the floor and for the first few wheel barrows this was fine .
( Now if you have ever laid a concrete floor it is important to try and complete in one go otherwise it becomes uneven ).
I needed a new wheel borrow of cement every 10 minutes that I could lay .
As I said the first few were perfect but then they started to have too much water or not enough stone or too much cement .
There came a point when I was waiting over 30 minutes for another wheelbarrow load .
I went outside to find him chatting to two of the woman (also not working) with the cement machine turned off .
His excuse was that he did not want to wear out the machine .
Over the months I had taken enough C**P and was not about to take any more .

I went back into house brought out a pick axe handle and gave the 3 of them half a days wages even though they had only worked two hours .
Another one of the woman decided she was going to leave with the others and to pay her . This I did .
Fat Ivan decided that he had left something in my house and wanted it back I went to follow him but was once again distracted by one of the woman about the amount she was being paid .

#2
rpzx10 - 14 Aug 2014 // 19:03:10

I went back into house brought out a pick axe handle and gave the 3 of them half a days wages even though they had only worked two hours .
Another one of the woman decided she was going to leave with the others and to pay her . This I did .
Fat Ivan decided that he had left something in my house and wanted it back I went to follow him but was once again distracted by one of the woman about the amount she was being paid .

I can again told her she was being paid half a days money for less than two hours work .
A look of contempt came to her face and I walked back to the house .
Fat Ivan was already coming out and with oaths of revenge said I would pay for this insult to him and his family .
I still had the pickaxe handle in my hand and waved it at him . and said "Come on Barbie , lets go party ".

A bit stupid I know, but when you know nobody in a place and totally alone in a foreign country , a good threat can keep you safer than 100 platitudes .
I was left with a woman worker and a boy with long hair .
I went back into the house to find my tape measure missing , my set square and my level missing .
In fact anything you can stick in your pocket or down your trousers .

I needed to calm down but could not leave the floor .
I showed Gosho, the Long Haired boy the correct mixture of sand , cement and stone and went back to work . I was so angry !!!!!
I had finished the job 4 hours later but was so stressed out, I sent both of them home with full days wages and needed a large drink .
I told them to come back tomorrow .
I wanted to call somebody , anybody just to rant .
Both my Mobile phones were missing from my jacket .