Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Jobless in the USA

The owner of Tim's company called Monday morning to tell the guys not to come in. He rents shop space, and has not paid the rent. The landlord padlocked the shop up over the weekend.
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Tim's outraged about a lot of things. Ranking high on that list is the fact that he's got a couple thousand dollars worth of machinist tools in a 'roll-around' that are now locked up where he can't get to them. Machinist provide many of their own tools, and they take years to amass their collections. Some of his tools are handmade, things that he invented as he problem solved jobs that he has done. These tools are his livelihood. Each machinist at this shop is in the same situation.
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Tim came in early from hunting to drop off his resume at another company. If he gets this job, he won't be able to start until he can retrieve those tools. The rich men will argue, and like as not, the legal system will grind along at a snail's pace. The company president had promised to call everyone by 5 today, to let them know what is going on. He hasn't.

20 comments:

Pencil Writer said...

Ow? Challenges don't come in threes any more. I'm convinced they come in 12-packs. Dang! I pray Tim is able to retrieve his tools--all of them and the chest they're in--soon and let the business owner and landlord work out their issues independently of the machinists now having to look for other employment.

You guys are in my prayers--even more!

rhubarbwhine said...

Best of luck for a speedy recovery - of tools - why can't Tim contact the landlord and say he wants to retrieve his own property?

jeanie said...

Ouch! The landlord no doubt has a right to lock up for the tenant to settle accounts, but he should be willing to allow workmen in to retrieve their tools (even if under supervision) so they can gain employment.

That is really crappy Deb. Lots of hugs and hoping that this is one of those "another door opens" scenarios (after that door is opened again, I mean).

Scotty said...

Well, that just sucks, big time - hope Tim can get his tools back soon.

Mary Paddock said...

Good grief. What a mess!

Hopefully the boss will call you soon or, failing that, you can get a hold of him and demand that he arrange it. However, if not, a phone call to a lawyer to see what your rights are is probably best.

jeanie said...

I was just telling V this story and he said (expletive deleted) "the landlord can't do that".

Apparently when he was younger, a landlord tried and the cops came and told him he couldn't do that. Disclaimer - this was in 1987 in California. Over here, the sort of notice that landlord would have to give to Tim's boss would be the sort of notice Tim's boss should give his workforce about tenure of job.

Debby said...

We had a notion that things were getting very bad, but everyone trusted that the owner was turning things around, that it was the economy. Seems that trust was misplaced. There's no way for the landlord to know what belongs to who, so he's not letting anyone in. He's probably planning to auction off the equipment to collect what he is owed, so the situation needs to be resolved before then.

Debby said...

According to the laws, commercial leases and tenant leases are two different things. As landlords, we could not do this to a tenant. A commercial lease is different beast altogether. Tim should be able to get his tools back, but the question is when, and that is what's got his tail in a knot.

Bush Babe said...

Bugger, bugger, bugger...
Feeling helpless to offer anything of substance.
Hold tight Deb and Tim.
Thinking of you and praying for a serious change of luck.
Hugs
BB

Hal Johnson said...

Sheesh, that's terrible. I hope Tim gets his tools back soon. I think the two of you have had quite enough to deal with without Tim's livelihood being kept captive by a landlord.

Anonymous said...

This is an outrage. Have the workers considered calling the local paper? Sounds like it might be a good story and might shame the people who are responsible into hurrying along on their obligation to return the tools.

-Lavinia

Redlefty said...

Does he have a tool at home that's good for... say... cutting locks?

RedWifey said...

OY! That sucks! I'm with RL...bolt cutters.

Portia said...

I'm so sorry to hear that. Here's hoping that Tim finds another job soon. Was his company involved with the auto industry? Here in Michigan there are so many unemployed due to the auto downturn.

Loved BB's story on your courage, couldn't agree more.

steviewren said...

That's crappy news for everyone involved. I'm sure the landlord needs his money too. Tim's boss should have warned his employees. I hope this is resolved quickly.

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

I am so sorry this has happened. Do you have an attorney you can ask about this? It sounds crazy that they could sell your property for the rent. I will be praying for you and your husband.

You have been tagged. Please drop on over.

Let us know what happens.

MuseSwings said...

Well, this is a fine mess, Debby! I'd call a lawyer - or, better yet, the police. The police may help him retrieve his tools. Won't hurt to try.

A Novel Woman said...

Oh, man. I'd try reasoning with the landlord first, but then I'd also be on the phone with a lawyer, and the local police department. Then I'd call the local newspaper and the local t.v. station because this is the kind of story they love to champion. (Okay, if I'm being really honest, I'd also be phoning the local lock picker to "liberate" MY belongings.)

And I would also mention the cancer you're dealing with as a family, and how you don't need the added stress. He needs to retrieve his property pronto if he's to start a new job and neither of you needs to deal with this kind of crap right now.

I'm so sorry.

Bob said...

Wow, you don't need this . . .

Keep us posted.

PaintedPromise said...

You've got to be kidding! NO, I knwo you're not. But good grief! Unbelievable... I agree, please consult a lawyer...