As soon as I saw your response I knew it was all about what I said. As usual you aren't reading carefully, so I'll take this slowly:Of course it was because after all electrician's are the only ones with families and outside lives. If professionals started pulling all the shenanigans tradesmen do there would be rioting on the street. Imagine, going to the ER and being charged different rates because it is Friday before a holiday weekend for the exact same treatment you would get on a Monday afternoon. Really, if you don't want the extra money that comes with the extra after hours work don't answer your phone. No one is making you charge twice as much because you want to work extra and make more money...
Your antipathy towards contractors and the trades is tedious. We do not pull any more "shenanigans" than anyone else. The men and women that perform skilled labor are hard working and just as honest and scrupulous as the next person. Take that as you will.
You example contains a number of fallacious assumptions. The largest of which is that doctors and nurses that staff an ER are there on a 24/7schedule whereas service providers, in this case electricians, operate within a typical 0700-1700 m-f and no holidays schedule. Requesting service outside of those typical hours will often have premium charges attached to them. Going back to the ER, you pay additional fees for availing yourself to ER services as well.
Your last statement is pure poppycock! Of course I'll answer my phone and I'll be happy to provide my service at the stated emergency rate. If they don't want it they are welcome to decline and find someone else. Your unwillingness to grasp that concept says more about you than my laying out terms up front does about me.
As to the crap about electricians overcharging;
ya, what mark47 said.
Im curious; when was the last time your doctor came to your house to treat you at 10pm? When is the last time your accountant showed up at your house at 10pm, and of course only charged regular hourly rate?
im betting the answer would be never. Think about that while rereading your glowing praise of professionals compared to electricians.
No your doctor is not coming to your house for a $5 copay at 10 pm. But you know what - if you go to the hospital your doctor will see you at 2 am and operate on you emergently for the same $5 copay that he would have gotten paid if you showed up for surgery at 9 am on Wednesday morning. When was he last time your electrician did that?
And you really need to learn to read: I said it doesn't matter if you go to the ER on Monday afternoon or go to the ER on a Friday night before a holiday weekend. As long as you got the same care you pay the same bill. There is no upcharge because it is Friday afternoon before a holiday weekend.
i asked a simple question and you want to frustrate the conversation by bringing up superfluous issues.
Did you realize that while you said an electrician was gouging a customer for charging a premium rate, you seemed to be quite comfortable with a doctor charging 2X-3x his normal rate to make a house call. Quite hypocritical.
And again; gain is different than being compensated for losses/damages.
Speaking of doctors that are contracted coming in at odd hours for their “normal rate” is different than a doctor not on a contract coming in at odd hours.
And again you are trying to compare an entity that holds themselves out as offering 24 hour/ day services (the hospital) with an electrician that has somewhat regular business hours.
Btw: the last time I needed emergency services the doctor who ended up doing the operation to fix a broken bone did not come in early. He took the phone call, reviewed the x Ray (it can be sent via the Internet) and said: give pain relief meds and i’ll be in at 8:00 am to do the surgery. This was at about 1:00 am.
So no, doctors don’t always show up. There is no need to usually as the Er doctors, you know, the docs hired to work the night shift, triage and stabilize those patients that can wait for daytime specialists. Specialists are called in for services in the middle of the night a lot less than you think they are.
However, if the doctors charged you like your electrician does imagine the outrage, as you have clearly demonstrated. I am not sure why people find it ok and normal to pay their electrician 3x normal rates for after hour work but paying their doctor is wrong and health care should be a "right".
As for the second part well at least its the same rate on Friday night before a holiday weekend as 9 am on Wed unlike the electrician .
What did you ask the electrician to do at 10:00pm, and, how did you estimate that he was charging three times his rate?
No x-rays, no labs, no splint. Just numbing agent, knife, scissors, thread, needle, facility and nurses. Actually, I had no problem with the price, but I do with the entire healthcare system. Being gouged every month for insurance and then not being able to use it in a time of need after being butchered by an in-network doctor.
So, what did the electrician do and what did he charge? I am familiar with scopes of work and pricing.