The nifty portfolio reads: “KB Home. One home. One family at a time.” They fail to mention the tormented part. Yesterday the troops installed two more ”containment” areas, otherwise known as interior walls. In addition to the initial walls constructed to seal off the second and third floor lanais (decks) there is now a containment wall in the second floor dining room (photo #1), and one in a third floor bedroom (photo #2).
No surprise but the mold and rotten wood is quite extensive on my home (end unit) considering it’s been leaking since before I closed in October 2009. There is quite a mold experiment festering (photo #3) here in the black shroud-covered petri dish known as the Willowbrook lab. Now that the exterior of the building has been removed (exposing the rot) I notice a damp washcloth in my bathroom will quickly blacken with mold. Could the pervasive mold be the source of the eye irritation I have repeatedly experienced when I’m home?
Previously I wrote an article about ”have to” vs. ”want to” and how this can affect your mood. If there is a preponderance of ”have to” and a scarcity of ”want to,” a person can feel resentful, out of balance, overwhelmed, discouraged. No fun to have your time sucked up by the greed-fueled whims of Big Business Bullies. Just ask my neighbor who was (metaphorically) squashed like a bug when she went to arbitration with this builder. Her story is the topic of Con Game and Discrepancies. (Incidentally, the ”numbers guy” in the Discrepancies story is a financial analyst, home building sector.)
Barriers constructed by Big Business Bullies rely on a person’s desire to avoid all the chores — “have to” — inherent in getting what was promised or paid for when the company doesn’t keep their end of the agreement. This is certainly true of many people who share my current situation and the reason I feel compelled to spell it out here. Ad nauseam.
Because the national home builder I bought my newly built home from seems to rely on good old-fashioned negative reinforcement. Namely, the tendency of an organism to escape or avoid that which is aversive, unpleasant, unwanted, harmful. Most people just want the quagmire to go away, or fear retaliation. The short-term relief reinforces the escape behavior. And many people believe there is nothing they can do to prevail. Big Business Bullies grow and prosper.
We may not have Ralph Nader or deep pockets, but we do have the Internet and social media. Perhaps the tide will turn as more people share their documented and verifiable experiences of trading their hard-earned money for inferior products/services of the Big Business Bullies. Remember the Corvair? Whether you do or you don’t, you can thank Ralph for that.