Friday, July 29, 2011
When it comes to moving (or anything else), CASH is KING
Two days ago I posted “How to protect your privacy when you move, without getting ripped off.” Of the many positive responses I had to that post, the one that follows is the most interesting.
E-mail from a young man from northern California:
Jack, that was some great advice about how to move without leaving a trail. I just found a neighbor who will let me use his pickup truck to move. He is an elderly man, lives alone, and is always walking the local area. Very nice person, always stops to say hi to kids and pet animals. After seeing this, I knew he would probably be good to approach. His truck hardly ever leaves his driveway; it's a 2010 Silverado. I was pretty sure it was in good condition.
We agreed on this:
1) I'll bring it back to him with a full tank of gas.
2) If something breaks or gets damaged as a result of my carelessness, I'll be responsible for the cost of repairs. I have agreed to pay him IN CASH for any such thing.
3) I'll throw in $150.00 cash for the time and trouble of borrowing his truck for one day. As it is, I don't have that much to move.
He was very agreeable!
No paperwork from a moving company, no ID having to be shown. No records of it. Everything done cash money. I will move next Sunday morning, early a.m. hours when there will be very little traffic out on the route/area I am taking.
He never asked my name. I don't get social with my neighbors, they don't know who I am. I've learned that keeping a very low profile is great. The less I am seen by neighbors, the better.
Tell your readers to never underestimate the effect cash money can have on folks . . . especially on good people who need some extra jingle in their pocket!
—Keith, age 26