Friday, September 26, 2008

The Ripping Plumber

Some people kan, really can spoil your mood of forgiving and asking for forgiveness.

Usually it's the mechanics who'd check on your car before the long holiday travels. Entah apa-apa lah diorang claimed your car to be unwell of -- tukar itu tukar ini. Tahu-tahu beratus duit terbang masuk poket dia jadi duit Raya dia pulak. 'Nnaaateyy kan.

But this entry would be about one plumber.

The tap of our master bathroom's wash hand basin (WHB) had been unwell the past two weeks or so. The cheap tap that Abang had replaced the original tap with just broke loose. Bila buka air, air memancut keluar from all sides of the tap.

Abang had it replaced before when we had a very weird malfunction for both of our bathroom WHB taps. Some trapped-air ke apa. Langsung tak boleh guna. Dua-dua taps pulak tu.

So Abang called up some guy who advertised himself around the condo area to come over for repairs. Masa mamat tu kuar nak pi beli tap baru after coming over to our house to have a look-see, he actually called Abang up from the hardware store and asked whether Abang nak tap murah ke, yang mahal. Abang kata, murah cukup lah. And the guy came back to our place, replaced the two taps, and voilah water started flowing out of the taps, and he charged us (well, charged Abang, to be exact, hehehe) RM80 for both repairs and we gladly paid him.

That was, what, earlier last year???

And since two weeks ago we had ANOTHER tap malfunction... as described in the 4th para. Only at the Master Bathroom pula tu. Abang tried calling all numbers of last year's guy, but all numbers not available dah. Typical, eh.

So, nak tak nak Abang had to call up this one guy whom Abang once had used his service before. That was some time around 2,3 years back. This guy also had his number advertised all around the condo area. 24-hour service, katanya.

Reason why Abang didn’t call him again last year was that the guy had once charged him exorbitantly before. Like, nak pasang satu flexible hose pun dia charge around RM100+ sebab katanya hose tu cost him around RM49. Abang pun concur aje la masa tu. Dibuatnya a few weeks after that Abang found the same hose in a hardware store, and it cost around RM9 aje! Terus Abang tak nak engage the guy’s service, dah.

But yesterday since it was Abang’s off-day, Abang tak de choice but to call the guy back since the last year’s guy dah tutup bisnes, kot.

And so, this certain Top Chan came by. Dia pun usha-usha apa masalahnya. And quoted to Abang.. “RM350,” katanya.

Funting hell!!! Just for ONE malfunction tap???

Abang kata ke dia, “Hah??? I nak ganti TAP aje maah, bukan the entire system! Last year my plumber charge I RM80 aje untuk pasang DUA tap, tau!”

And he said, “Ya lor, tap tu murah, itu sebab pecah macam tu!”

“I tau… tapi ini satu tap aje! Say la you beli tap mahal sikit, harga RM40 ke... takkan lah nak charge I sampai RM350?? Baik you balik aje, I tak nak guna you dah!”, Abang mula halau dia keluar.

“Okay lor okay… RM260 lah.”

“No, no. You balik aje.”

“Okay laaah, RM100+, dengan tap bagus punya!”

So, Abang relented him walaupun berat hati.

And that Top guy came back, with a brand new WHB tap, and started to do his work.

Finally, when he’s done, he called up to Abang for Abang to check up on his work. He charged Abang RM135.

Abang pun check la kan.

To Abang’s surprise, this is what that Top did…


…as opposed to the 2nd bathroom pipe [yang tapnya masih okay lagi]…


Like, wot the funting funk, kan???

Bila Abang tanya kenapa dia buat pipe pusing-pusing macam tu sedangkan yang nak diganti tap aje, dia pun buat alasan la… Ooo tak mo kacau itu sink la, bla bla bla.

Abang was fieyouuuurious! But knowing Abang, he would not put up a fight with an annoying fler laidat, and instead paid him up dengan penuh muka tak ikhlas.

Eiii aku dengar cerita Abang masa Abang call aku pun kan… punya la aku marah!!! Kalau akak la ada kat situ… ada la masuk Berita pukul 8pm, kes mamat plumber kena campak luar kondo dari tingkat 5, kot. Dah la aku ni arkitek dia nak BOHONG macam tu, kan.

So, you know, Mr. TOP CHAN, don’t you ever EVER play the bloody fool with Madam RKM. You can rip other people husband’s off, but not mine!

I don’t care if this guy’s somebody’s uncle kaa, father kaa, brother kaa, cousin kaa, kucing kaa… it’s better for me to ‘advertise’ his deeds balik then let him go around ripping off other people!!! Eh I really do hope one day he feels like testing his name whether it’s googleable, and found this hate entry.

Hi Top Chan The Ripper Plumber!!! *waves, gives middle finger satu das*


Akumarrrrahlanie, kan.

Satgi lah aku mintak mintak maaf Raya, boleh tak?

f~

16 comments:

Thomas Mok said...

awat tak tukar sendiri?

benda2 ni kan, time2 nak festive lah dia buat hal kan? bengang betul.

d said...

Err, K.Lin..Udi bkan nak belagak pandai, but when i did my Uni final year project, having more bending pipes can lead to vibration. X sure but that's what i've been told by this notable piping syarikat in UK (MIRA shower).......

Miu said...

oh merah,

I had experiences like this before with plumbers. Seriously they're out to get our pockets! I was once charge rm80 for just replacing the tap alone only. He bought a plastic tape and replace it. That easy. Ish..

Recently my bf got cheated by a "CARPENTER"! imagine that, not only plumbers are gila betul. My bf wanted a table just like ikea, with solid wood so that it withstand the weight of his computers and a metal/steel stand like ikeas. The CARPENTER said OK can will have something like that!.

1 month later, carpenter come with his gang. Did up the table and ask for bill. My bf didn't check properly every inch of the table, just one look from door thought it was done and paid him.

From nearer look, the table is hideous and made of PLYWOOD. The bawah of the table, worst, looks like LEGO building with parts being supported by a plank of wood and some parts even screwed wrongly and almost patah. The metal steel is a cheap steel that is not even stable or strong enough to support the big table.

REGRET BETUL LAH.. PAID rm1,300-00 for this lousy table!!!! should've just buy that Ikea table that cost near rm2k! with 10 years waranthy somore!

SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT

i dun trust any skilled labour anymore unless they're friends! at least I can scold my friends!!!

jorazak said...

rkm
itu agaknya dia charge mahal sebab all the elbow joints. kalau I mungkin guna 1 elbow dan satu adaptor saja. lagi satu sebab, express dan 24 hours service - reason for charging extra. I pernah kena quote for RM300.00 for my water tank. after consulting few friends the other plumber charge only RM50. his only request before he started work, for me to drain the water from tank myself. easy enough for saving RM250. hi, hi

ahwin66 said...

sebbb bekkkk laki kawan reti sikit..sikiitttttttt pasal plumbing nih...
dok lak kat kuarters 'kera'jaan..byk sgt yg uzur..

kawan cakap kat laki kawan..tukar ape yg perlu..pecahkan ape yg perlu..nak harap org 'kera'jaan buat maintenance,tok sah la mimpi...
walhal duit elaun perumahan potong rm250 tiap bulan...belum campur cola rm 50.

dah kene rm300..maintenance x dak..\ape lagi..kalo ade je paip dlm dinding yg screw up tu..kawan cakap kat suami..
'kasik pecah aje dinding nihhh!'

atiza said...

F@zst, you did justice by displaying the plumber's add..padan muka dia..
I guess tap rosak easily due to high water pressure at your apartment. It happened in mine..

I'm contemplating to put my contractor's (tgh reno rumah baru) advert @ me blog. Dia buat renov ikut sukati mak bapak dia jer..ade ker dia kata dia buat construction jer..cat tak masuk..walhal aritu kita kata kat dia all-in..sabarrr

famyGirl said...

sorry-sorry nak comment tak masuk topic hee hee hee
tapi in case tak sempat go on rounds lepas ni...

Salam Aidilfitri dan Maaf Zahir Batin dari famyFamily :)

Ayah said...

saya rasa pakai plumber melayu dah la...

F Manchester said...

The piping just reflects his bussiness ethics- crooked and berbelit.

Next time- why don't you buy your own fitting (buy a good heavy duty one that is pleasant to the eye- worth every penny) and plumber can only charge you for installation only- ask for quote over phone first. Better still- a bit of DIY won't hurt.

KUching Tompang said...

Dear Roti,
You must admit Top Chan does look like jackie Chan. No wonder he can charge so much

elisataufik said...

seb baik lah suami kita handyman.

Roti Kacang Merah said...

abe tommy
dah cik abe kita kata dia nak orang yang tolong tukarkan... kita terima je le cadangannya, haha.

udi
i would've said the same thing and create havoc if i were there. malangnya, abg zul bukannya jenis cari gaduh.

miu
next time kena check some references of the carpenters. or take only the ones being referred to... baru diorang segan sikit nak buat perangai buruk macam tu!!! no integrity betul diorang ni, kan???

bro jo
i know being an architect myself i could've done the job DIY... tapi kalau segalanya dalam rumah ni aku yang nak buat dan nak cara... payah le, kan. kita ikut aje le apa 'boss' nak buat cara mana dia. malangnya, dapat lak kontraktor buruk macam tu.

Roti Kacang Merah said...

ahwin
eiii tak tau le cemana kalau dapat kuarters esok-esok. still panggil orang tolong buatkan, kot. haha

kak aie
BUAT je. ajorkan dorang sket.

famygugurl
eid mubarak to you too, gurl!!! thanks for ordering Ahy's Kukis the 2nd time round!!!

ayah
cheating ni, tak kira race. kejujuran pun, tak kira race. kalau kira race, then payah Melayu macam kita ni nak kerja, coz we're known as 'pemalas', kan?

Roti Kacang Merah said...

kak ilush
rumah sewa, malas nak guna benda-benda yang mahal, coz we know we won't be here for too long. perhaps i should start equip myself with pipe spanners and all. susah-susah sangat, lemme do it myself.

but then again, i sengaja tak 'ambil pot' benda-benda ni... let the man feel useful sikit, hahaha

kucing tompang
kalau jahat tetap jahat even rupa baik macam Mahatma Gandhi pun, heh heh

elisa
next year balik raya buleh pinjam your suami to DIY around our house tak? ;-D kita upah kukis 2 tubs, leh? hehe

Yonne said...

I tukar tap sendiri je... ceramic valve tap rm24, flexible hose 10" rm6.50, upvc screw adapter rm0.50, total rm31 priceless... (saw & gam dah ada dah)
for u, kak RKM i'll do it for 2 tubs kukis (labour charge maa)...

Roti Kacang Merah said...

yonne
haa tak pa. next ta-eng. tapi 2 tub kukis kecik, okay lah. heh heh

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