No you can't leave. I'll call the police. "It's a tad long"

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    So I go to a home today to repair a laptop. The daughter had just left but she said her mother would let me in and show me where the computer was. Not a problem. So I go inside and the mother tells me the problem. Simple motherboard swap and I start shutting down the computer. I pulled the USB wireless card out as the system is shutting down and the mother freaks out telling me I just damaged the computer and I can't just simply do that.

    I told her trust me. I've been doing this a long time. Nothing was damaged. She then says I don't trust you and continues ranting and raving and at this time I told her if she would like for me to leave I will and she can have it sent in for depot repair.

    This is where things turned ugly. She tells me I can't leave and I informed her she was starting to make me feel very uncomfortable. I'm all alone in this house with her and she is starting to get emotional. She kept placing her hands towards her chest and at times almost started to cry. She is getting very hysterical which is making me very nervous.

    I tried to calm her down but she kept escalating. So I told her I'm leaving as I do not feel comfortable with the way she is acting and it is making me nervous. She keeps telling me I can't leave and is yelling at me at this point. I kept telling her watch me leave and yes, my voice at this time has become very firm, polite but firm.

    She then says I'm going to call the police. I said for what? I have not committed a crime and at this time I'm packing up my stuff so I can get out of there quickly. I have no idea what she is going to do or say at this point in time. I'm all alone with her and I want out, now.

    So I turned my back to her and headed for the door. I didn't want to turn my back to her but I also did not want her blocking my only known means of egress. I'm just thinking to myself, please don't attack me. So she follows me out to the car, yelling I can't leave. I'm saying goodbye. I told her I would call my manager and she is demanding to speak with them now. I told her I will have them call her.

    So I get in my car and she is still yelling at me that I can't leave. Thankfully she didn't block the driveway as she could have done with ease. I was armed and didn't want to involve the police but if she had blocked my way I would have dialed 911.

    I did speak with my regional manager and told him what happened. He agreed I made the right decision to leave and asked me in a joking way if I had blue lights in my rearview mirror. I ended up meeting the daughter at a local McDonalds and did the repair job there. The daughter apologized repeatedly for her mother's behavior. She was very upset with her mother. So in the end the computer was fixed and all worked out well.

    I'm also in the clear with my job as both my local and regional manager agreed that I took the proper action in leaving.
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    Really not much else you could have done. Maybe if your own state law allows (one party voice recording), keep a hidden recording device in your tool bag for your protection.

    Anytime a person is alone with someone they don't know there is an element of danger. Not necessarily physical, but the nutzy kind you just ran into today.

    Years ago my very elderly and slightly aggressively nutty mom was visiting. An A/C compressor happened to go out and I needed to send someone to the house
    to change out the unit, but couldn't be there when he arrived. I tipped him off that he should pay no attention to anything mom might say to him. When I caught up to him about as he finished the job, I asked if she had behaved herself; he just laughed.

    After he left, mom started ranting about the AC guy taking something from my back yard. She was right. He hauled off the old unit. At least she didn't dial 911 to report the theft.

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    That's an intense situation. Could've gone bad, but you did the right thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopyard View Post
    Really not much else you could have done. Maybe if your own state law allows (one party voice recording), keep a hidden recording device in your tool bag for your protection.
    Maybe I will pick one up in the next few days. It would have been nice to have a voice recording of the incident. I could have simply stated at this time the conversation is being recorded by showing her the device. I'm not sure what the law is in Maine even if I announce but what harm could it do.

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    I think I would have run out of the house. LOL. Not joking.

    You read something was not right, and got yourself out of the situation as tactfully and quickly as possible. Best action possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopyard View Post
    Anytime a person is alone with someone they don't know there is an element of danger. Not necessarily physical, but the nutzy kind you just ran into today.
    Yes. There is also the possibility of false accusations of a sexual nature.

    That could have turned bad and it would have been your word against hers.

    Good idea on leaving. She sounds nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grady View Post
    Yes. There is also the possibility of false accusations of a sexual nature.

    That could have turned bad and it would have been your word against hers.

    Good idea on leaving. She sounds nuts.
    You have no clue how strongly that was running through my head. I was alone with her and I don't want to sound like a male pig but a woman's side always seems to win when things go south.

    I'm glad I was wearing my SmartCarry as she had no clue I was armed but once she said she was going to call the police I became very nervous because I had no clue if she was going to go down that road.

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    Years ago, I used to deliver pizzas. One of the company's policies' was to NEVER enter a house. When invited in, I was usually tactful, but refused.

    I had one woman come completely unglued once, though, because of my refusal to enter. I ended up leaving the pizza, and she complained to the store anyway.

    Some people get the crazies. I refuse to do another job where I have to be in a home alone with another person I do not know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhoWeBePart1 View Post
    You have no clue how strongly that was running through my head. I was alone with her and I don't want to sound like a male pig but a woman's side always seems to win when things go south.
    Especially when you are a stranger in her house!

    Best to get a decent Sony or Olympus digital recorder that fits in your shirt pocket.

    In my State, only one party, (yourself) needs to know about the recording as long as you physically present during the recording.

    For example, you can't place the recorder in a room and then leave it there to record two other parties conversation who are not in your presence.

    However, even if you're not sure what the law is in your State, I would record anyway if it saves your butt from false allegations. After all making false accusations against you is a crime as well.

    I would just let my attorney decide what to do with the evidence at the time any false accusations are made against you.
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    All of the nut jobs are not collected in the lower half of the largest state on the Left Coast, there seems to be a proliferation of crazies world wide. The tape recorder is a good idea.
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    Of course the "crazy" will deny it is their own voice on the recorder............but yes it would help the police or your boss understand the situation.

    I'm guessing here that the woman got so upset because she jumped to the conclusion that she may be losing her stored HD data?

    Most of the time you can't "reason" with a crazy........best to leave as you did.
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    Sounds like she suffers from an anxiety disorder brought on by a lack of certain chemicals in the brain. I have a friend who suffers from the same thing and there are "trigger" incidents that make him go off the chart.

    That lady may need to get some medication to help alleviate the anxiety attacks. She may not even realize they are happening, to her, it's perfectly normal behavior to go mad.

    I'm no doctor, and I didn't stay in a Holiday Inn last night either, just my personal oppinion based upon what you described.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhoWeBePart1 View Post
    Maybe I will pick one up in the next few days. It would have been nice to have a voice recording of the incident. I could have simply stated at this time the conversation is being recorded by showing her the device. I'm not sure what the law is in Maine even if I announce but what harm could it do.
    Make absolutely sure you know what the recording laws are in your state because "what harm could it do" might mean a serious felony violation on your part if your state doesn't allow one party recording.

    A google search should help you quickly find out if Maine is among the states that require the consent of both parties being recorded.

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    I feel your pain. I picked up a PC to clean up. I took it back to my shop to work on it...basically because the trailer it was in didn't have working A/C and the numerous people that lived there didn't really practice any type of hygiene.
    I spend about an hour and a half cleaning the viruses, spyware, dirt and dustbunnies out and took it back. Got it all hooked up, submitted my invoice and was told they didn't have any money and I'd get it "soon".
    I unplugged the computer and told them they'd get it back "soon" as I got paid. The 15yr old son decided his porn surfing time was lagging and said " What makes you think you're going to make it out of here with dat computer?" (his mother laughed)
    I told him I was going to leave with either the computer or cash money in my hand....one or the other. I kind of lowered my head, peeked at him over my glasses and just kind of grinned. My wife says I look like a serial killer when I do that. He smirked and went outside. I told the mother I was leaving in 5 minutes with either the computer or cash...I didn't care which. She send one of her sober friends to the bank with her ATM card to get me cash.
    the son was outside when I left. He said "dont come back". I told him to enjoy himself in a carnal way. He actually tried to follow me on his BMX bike.

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    Sounds like you did about the only safe and sensible thing...

    When in doubt...bug out!
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