I am working at a clients home and waiting for DirecTV to show up between 8 & 12. A carpenter is working outside between 8 & 10 and i was outside between 11 & 12. Another CI and I were inside between 10 & 11. No one else in the house so its quiet. The door bell is not installed.
DirecTV calls the client and leaves a message saying they couldnt get in, they knocked but no one answered. They claim they are coming back in the afternoon. I put a sign up that says DIRECTV WE ARE INSIDE KNOCK HARD. DirecTV calls client and says they knocked for 10 minutes and no one let them in. Client reschedules them for the next day.
The next day i drop off FlyingMachine @ the airport and head back to the clients home. I am working on the front porch when i see a white minivan with a magnet DirecTV sign on the door drive by @ about 1 mph. The guy driving is scoping the house out and stops at the end of the drive way and puts his van in reverse as if hes going to park. I start waving to him to get his attention and as soon as he sees me he puts the van in drive and peels out. He basically confirmed what we told the client. They didnt want to do the job that day so they pretend to stop by and claim they cant get it.
I have dealt with DirecTV for a decade or more so i know all the BS they try to pull but this is the first time i actually caught one of their installers speed away for fear he may have to do an install. I assume the installer is being paid by the hour and works for a DirecTV sub contractor that gets paid by DirecTV based on installation. In my area the DirecTV installers are all 1 man shows and they are like vulchers fighting over every installation. Theres no way they would pass up an easy install 2 days in a row. The dish location can be reached with a 6 foot ladder and the cables are already pulled. All the guy has to do is mount the dish and activate the receivers that are going in the rack.
Now they wont be back out until monday.. when the programmer shows up.. this time i will be ready. I am going to block off the intersection and get the cage ready..