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Contractor Defended for Charging Family for Renovation: “No Free Labor”

Members of a well-known online forum came to the contractor’s rescue after he declined to free-up his father-in-bathroom law’s renovation.

In a widely shared Reddit post on r/antiwork, Redditor u/rluzz001 (also known as the original poster, or OP), claimed that he had unwittingly offered his services and recounted his wife’s horror at realizing that they were paid for.

“[Am I the a**hole] for informing my wife I’m not performing free work for my father in law?” the article’s title asks. Over 7,500 votes and 1,200 comments have been left on the post on the most recent day.

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The original poster stated that he was shocked to find he had been asked to volunteer for the renovation and made it obvious that the project would be expensive, starting with the specific caveat that he doesn’t work overtime and does accept side employment.

As soon as she hangs up the phone with her father, OP wrote, “She says we’re going to drop off some stuff and I can look at the bathroom floor that he wants done.” “New vanity and trim,” “new flooring,” “new toilet.”

I was miffed that she offered me up, but she said it’s okay, you two can figure out the payment, the OP said.

The original poster claimed his wife grew upset when he told her that remodelling her father’s bathroom would cost “a few hundred bucks” and questioned how he could possible charge family members for such a significant amount of work.

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She said, “I’ll never ask you for help again, god forbid you do a favour,” after getting very angry. OP penned. ‘This is not a favour,’ I declared. A favour is moving a couch or refrigerator. This is an endeavour. I don’t know what you think I do all day, but I don’t want to be laying flooring on my hands and knees.

OP said, “I don’t feel bad at all since he’s listing the house. “No unpaid work. for anybody

According to statistics gathered by Resume Lab last year, 93% of working professionals reported offering their services for free to family members and friends.

However, the same survey also showed that the majority of workers under the age of 39 feel they should always be compensated for their services, and that more than half (53%) of those professionals believed they should have been paid for their work.

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The relationships between these unsatisfied contractors and family members who ask for—or anticipate—free work were examined by the jobs website Ladders in 2019. The analysis resulted in two recommendations: discounted family rates that keep loved ones happy while still receiving compensation, or clear boundaries separating personal and professional matters.

Cheap prices, however, aren’t discounted enough for some friends and family members, and boundaries are rarely upheld.

The original author ensured that the difference between getting paid to rebuild his father-in-bathroom law’s and doing so for free would not make him wealthy in an addition to his widely shared Reddit post.

Instead, the original poster said that the issue is one of principle and that his wife and father-in-law “just don’t get it.”

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Redditors mirrored that idea and praised OP for maintaining his position despite family members in the viral post’s comment section.

Instead, the original poster said that the issue is one of principle and that his wife and father-in-law “just don’t get it.”

Redditors mirrored that idea and praised OP for maintaining his position despite family members in the viral post’s comment section.

My general policy is that if it’s an emergency and a friend or family member is involved, I’ll come take a look for free as a favour. I’m an electrician by trade. The top remark on the post, which has gotten more than 4,000 votes, was written by Reddit user u/Heatuponheatuponheat. If it’s a project of any type, they pay between 50 and 70 percent of my standard fee.

They went on to say that if the cost was too high, they were free to employ someone from the phone book and pay double or treble. You should never expect to get paid for your job and no family member should ever ask you to complete a day’s worth of work for free.

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Similar feedback was provided by Redditor u/SassyVikingNA, who then turned the conversation to the original poster’s wife.

They wrote, “Definitely not the a**hole.” “It’s not acceptable for her to volunteer you for a significant assignment without discussing you at all and expect you to do it for free.”

Redditor u/TheRealOgScott added, “If it’s a favour she can do it then.”

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