Maybe not greed but the cost of doing business. If he pays you $15 per hour, then it costs him at least $30 per hour for you to work. Plus the cost of the vehicle and the overall overhead. He makes a profit at that price, but not much of one.So, here we are again. It surprises me how often people will get to their storage unit and leave their keys at home. (In this case in Melbourne, Fla.) And I hate those circular locks that are so popular for these units today. They are impossible to pick and a real bear to cut through. I mean as long as you have the key, they're great. They are really secure locks. But lose the key and my life just got more difficult. And the people who run these storage units get really upset if I put the slightest ding in the door. Unfortunately that isn't always possible. I did put a few grind marks in this unit, but nothing that would affect the door or it's function. So everyone is happy, for now. Tomorrow if the people who run that place actually look at it they may be upset a little, but still the door has only a couple of scratches and there will be no problem with renting it again. Also the people who called me are emptying it today and they will be gone forever. I don't think anyone is ever going to notice. Still, I'm the professional and doing any kind of damage makes me feel bad. On the up side the customer was happy I got there so quickly, got the job done as fast as I did and tipped me enough for me to get my tank refilled to about 3/4's of the way.
But then again there are times my boss really makes me feel like a thief. I mean he sets the price and I have no choice but to charge what he says, but sometimes I just feel like he is ripping people off. This afternoon I got sent to the other side of town on a job. I was told that the lady had the key in the lock, but it didn't turn all the way and she couldn't get it out. As I suspected the answer was WD-40. I shot some into the lock, jiggled it a bit and the lock turned, the key came out and all was well. He told me to charge $75 to get the lady into her home and $19 to get the key out of the lock. $94 for a couple of shots of WD-40. It seems a crime to me, but I have no choice in the matter. I do believe that one of these days his greed is going to turn around and bite him in the butt.