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(CBS Boston)   Dodgy moving company farks around, finds out what happens when you auction off the belongings of a customer you can't reach - but who was on a military base, in a sergeant's uniform, when you boxed up those belongings   (boston.cbslocal.com) divider line
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2021-09-17 5:37:47 AM  
They don't exactly get the best Yelp reviews...or Google reviews...or a good BBB review (where they're not accredited). Is there such a thing as a "good" moving company anymore?
 
2021-09-17 5:38:43 AM  
Next time do it to civilians.
 
Al!
2021-09-17 5:40:45 AM  

FriarReb98: They don't exactly get the best Yelp reviews...or Google reviews...or a good BBB review (where they're not accredited). Is there such a thing as a "good" moving company anymore?


They're getting some great exposure, though, and for some people that's the most important part.
 
2021-09-17 5:48:48 AM  

daffy: Next time do it to civilians.


According to the article, they have. They were holding people's furniture hostage while demanding higher payment than what was agreed.
 
2021-09-17 5:49:59 AM  
Dodgy moving company...but I repeat myself
 
2021-09-17 5:51:26 AM  

FriarReb98: They don't exactly get the best Yelp reviews...or Google reviews...or a good BBB review (where they're not accredited). Is there such a thing as a "good" moving company anymore?


CSB: When I moved out of my folks place about 10 years ago to settle out of state, we contracted a smaller group like this to do the moving.  They ended up showing up in a rented Penske truck (1st red flag) and then had us pay all but a few hundred for the move up front (it was only like $1500 total).  Fast forward to me in my new out of state apartment about 2 days later calling the moving company asking when they were planning to show up.  They ended up canceling the first date and had "delays" for over a month getting me my stuff.  When they did finally show up, they tried to charge me $200 more and refused to give me my belongings until I paid.  We ended up filing a complaint with the state AG in my parents home state (they actually did end up getting investigated and shut down over similar acts).

On the opposite end of the spectrum, when I moved to my current place about 7 years ago, my current company paid for the move.  Got an actual professional outfit to do it, one of the ones that actually boxes your stuff for you for liability.  I only beat them to my new place by literal minutes.

/you get what you pay for
 
2021-09-17 5:54:40 AM  

SN1987a goes boom: Got an actual professional outfit to do it, one of the ones that actually boxes your stuff for you for liability.


This is obscenely expensive, but oh so worth it.
 
2021-09-17 5:56:53 AM  
Yeah, try never to screw active duty military personnel. One way or another, you WILL pay.
 
2021-09-17 6:01:28 AM  
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2021-09-17 6:06:10 AM  
Was it these guys?

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2021-09-17 6:06:12 AM  
Great, he will buy a loaded challenger and his wife will get five new coach bags.

/former military.
 
2021-09-17 6:10:28 AM  
This is really nothing new. As an Army kid I remember putting our stuff in storage when we moved to Germany. When I returned I learned how your stuff gets picked through and some of the best stuff left behind got pilfered or damaged.

The bottom part of our China cabinet was stolen, and the rest was disassembled as if it were from Ikea, despite it not being made to pull apart (it was an expensive one made of solid wood). I also remember my dad's trolling motor, fishing rods, and a manual clock that was from a helicopter instrument panel in Vietnam were among the items. It was actually a bit of a "joke" regarding what would survive storage when you put stuff in storage.

The Army paid for it and always got the lowest bidder for storage and moves. I cannot remember a moving truck that was not a flatbed with wooden crates covered with tarps. Some of theses companies probably under bid for storage contracts just to see what they could pilfer. Usually it is just a few things and you get cut a check worth the value of all missing and damaged items. Probably a lucrative business if you don't just steal and sell everything like this company did.
 
2021-09-17 6:13:44 AM  
"While he was overseas, Father & Sonauctioned off the sergeant's furniture, his personal photos, military gear and mementos belonging to a cousin who was killed in action in "

Does that mean they sold off property of the federal government?  (Military gear)

If so , prosecute their ass into oblivion.

Moving is one of those things where you'd be best off paying a premium for a "reputable" company (ones that do high volumes of paid corporate moves).  Even then you'll probably still get bad service and yanked around, but they probably won't do highly illegal extortion shiat as you'll be signing dozens of pages of contracts about every little thing and term.
 
2021-09-17 6:14:59 AM  

FriarReb98: They don't exactly get the best Yelp reviews...or Google reviews...or a good BBB review (where they're not accredited). Is there such a thing as a "good" moving company anymore?


I hired "Two Men and a Truck" because work was paying for it.  Cost close to five grand for a one bedroom and about 400 mile drive one way.  They packed up anything I didn't already have in boxes, put it on the truck, and drove to my new town where they were ready to move it in the next day.  Actually, if I'd been faster to get there, they would have been ready to unpack same day.

Between the anecdotes here and the stories my friends tell of their experiences, worth every penny for an interstate move.
 
2021-09-17 6:20:32 AM  

born_yesterday: FriarReb98: They don't exactly get the best Yelp reviews...or Google reviews...or a good BBB review (where they're not accredited). Is there such a thing as a "good" moving company anymore?

I hired "Two Men and a Truck" because work was paying for it.  Cost close to five grand for a one bedroom and about 400 mile drive one way.  They packed up anything I didn't already have in boxes, put it on the truck, and drove to my new town where they were ready to move it in the next day.  Actually, if I'd been faster to get there, they would have been ready to unpack same day.

Between the anecdotes here and the stories my friends tell of their experiences, worth every penny for an interstate move.


I love how they are "movers who care" but in their logo, the driver doesn't have his hands on the steering wheel.
 
2021-09-17 6:21:27 AM  

born_yesterday: FriarReb98: They don't exactly get the best Yelp reviews...or Google reviews...or a good BBB review (where they're not accredited). Is there such a thing as a "good" moving company anymore?

I hired "Two Men and a Truck" because work was paying for it.  Cost close to five grand for a one bedroom and about 400 mile drive one way.  They packed up anything I didn't already have in boxes, put it on the truck, and drove to my new town where they were ready to move it in the next day.  Actually, if I'd been faster to get there, they would have been ready to unpack same day.

Between the anecdotes here and the stories my friends tell of their experiences, worth every penny for an interstate move.


I also used Two Men and a Truck for my last two moves. Highly recommend.
 
2021-09-17 6:22:46 AM  
The stuff from the units will end up on the next season of Storage Wars.
 
2021-09-17 6:26:47 AM  
I also used "Two men and a Truck' ...and they sent three men. Must have been a sale or something.
 
2021-09-17 6:28:28 AM  
Well, this never would have happened with a Fordy moving company.
 
2021-09-17 6:28:31 AM  
I hope that this guy gets the money due to him, but I have a funny feeling that "Father and Son Moving" will delay payment for a while and then the whole business will disappear and declare bankruptcy. They'll claim no assets and soon there will be a "Daddy and Son Moving" company in the same location, run by the same people.
 
2021-09-17 6:30:29 AM  

thepeterd: [Fark user image 425x318]


Yeah, that rank doesn't actually exist in the military.
 
2021-09-17 6:32:24 AM  

amigafin: I also used "Two men and a Truck' ...and they sent three men. Must have been a sale or something.


Somebody's got to drive the thing.
 
2021-09-17 6:35:49 AM  

SN1987a goes boom: FriarReb98: They don't exactly get the best Yelp reviews...or Google reviews...or a good BBB review (where they're not accredited). Is there such a thing as a "good" moving company anymore?

CSB: When I moved out of my folks place about 10 years ago to settle out of state, we contracted a smaller group like this to do the moving.  They ended up showing up in a rented Penske truck (1st red flag) and then had us pay all but a few hundred for the move up front (it was only like $1500 total).  Fast forward to me in my new out of state apartment about 2 days later calling the moving company asking when they were planning to show up.  They ended up canceling the first date and had "delays" for over a month getting me my stuff.  When they did finally show up, they tried to charge me $200 more and refused to give me my belongings until I paid.  We ended up filing a complaint with the state AG in my parents home state (they actually did end up getting investigated and shut down over similar acts).

On the opposite end of the spectrum, when I moved to my current place about 7 years ago, my current company paid for the move.  Got an actual professional outfit to do it, one of the ones that actually boxes your stuff for you for liability.  I only beat them to my new place by literal minutes.

/you get what you pay for


Same here.  When I started at my current job last year, my company paid for a professional moving company.  It wasn't cheap - think it was $4k+  to move a small apartments' worth of stuff a few states over - but they tagged and packed everything, helped disassemble and reassemble the larger items, and arrived when they said they would.  Only complaint being I'm still finding barcode stickers here and there.
 
2021-09-17 6:48:43 AM  

dittybopper: thepeterd: [Fark user image 425x318]

Yeah, that rank doesn't actually exist in the military.


Technical Sergeant? Considering I've known dudes in the AF who've had that rank they'll be suprised to know it doesn't exist.
 
2021-09-17 6:53:17 AM  

dittybopper: thepeterd: [Fark user image 425x318]

Yeah, that rank doesn't actually exist in the military.


You're thinking of the US Army where that rank no longer exists, the Air Force still carries that enlisted rank.
 
2021-09-17 6:57:07 AM  

omg bbq: Great, he will buy a loaded challenger and his wife dependapotamus will get five new coach bags.

/former military.

 
2021-09-17 7:04:07 AM  
I see their response "just relax, take it easy" wasn't received as expected.
 
2021-09-17 7:10:55 AM  

Dick Gozinya: omg bbq: Great, he will buy a loaded challenger and his wife dependapotamus will get five new coach bags.

/former military.


There's a fun term.
Seems like most enlisted, you only see them married to two types. A huge chunkster, or an actually hot foreign national who leaves them once she gets established in the States.

/at least she was fun while she lasted
 
2021-09-17 7:12:06 AM  

Hoax_Device: Was it these guys?

[Link][i.ibb.co image 640x360]


What movie was that?
 
2021-09-17 7:18:25 AM  

Theeng: dittybopper: thepeterd: [Fark user image 425x318]

Yeah, that rank doesn't actually exist in the military.

Technical Sergeant? Considering I've known dudes in the AF who've had that rank they'll be suprised to know it doesn't exist.


Especially the guy in the article.
 
2021-09-17 7:20:22 AM  

dittybopper: thepeterd: [Fark user image 425x318]

Yeah, that rank doesn't actually exist in the military.


It absolutely does.
I was one.
 
2021-09-17 7:47:34 AM  

DarkSoulNoHope: dittybopper: thepeterd: [Fark user image 425x318]

Yeah, that rank doesn't actually exist in the military.

You're thinking of the US Army where that rank no longer exists, the Air Force still carries that enlisted rank.


Like I said, no longer exists in the military.
 
2021-09-17 7:50:07 AM  

FriarReb98: They don't exactly get the best Yelp reviews...or Google reviews...or a good BBB review (where they're not accredited). Is there such a thing as a "good" moving company anymore?


In Western MA at least (about an hour west of where this story occurred,) A To Z Moving & Storage, Sitterly, Boomerang, and Ideal Movers all have good reputations.
 
2021-09-17 7:50:27 AM  

MythDragon: Dick Gozinya: omg bbq: Great, he will buy a loaded challenger and his wife dependapotamus will get five new coach bags.

/former military.

There's a fun term.
Seems like most enlisted, you only see them married to two types. A huge chunkster, or an actually hot foreign national who leaves them once she gets established in the States.

/at least she was fun while she lasted


Well, my father-in-law married a Thai woman while stationed there, she's a real sweetheart, damned good cook, and still pretty hot even considering her age.

Of course, he retired from the Air Force, not the military, so maybe that's the difference.
 
2021-09-17 7:51:00 AM  

YouPeopleAreCrazy: dittybopper: thepeterd: [Fark user image 425x318]

Yeah, that rank doesn't actually exist in the military.

It absolutely does.
I was one.


No, you were in the Air Force, not the military.
 
2021-09-17 7:53:03 AM  
Father & Son will pay the Technical Sergeant $60,000 in damages and a $5,000 civil penalty to the federal government.

And how, exactly, does one collect money that has already been snorted?
 
2021-09-17 8:00:05 AM  
We were told to remove all valuables from our vehicles before they were sent stateside by the military.   No matter what branch you were in, the Army moved your stuff.  Every car had stuff stolen.   No one can rip you off like Uncle Sam.
 
2021-09-17 8:01:30 AM  

dittybopper: YouPeopleAreCrazy: dittybopper: thepeterd: [Fark user image 425x318]

Yeah, that rank doesn't actually exist in the military.

It absolutely does.
I was one.

No, you were in the Air Force, not the military.


Says the guy who sat in a hut banging on a key
 
2021-09-17 8:06:43 AM  

dittybopper: thepeterd: [Fark user image 425x318]

Yeah, that rank doesn't actually exist in the military.


US Air Force - E-6
 
2021-09-17 8:12:45 AM  

dittybopper: YouPeopleAreCrazy: dittybopper: thepeterd: [Fark user image 425x318]

Yeah, that rank doesn't actually exist in the military.

It absolutely does.
I was one.

No, you were in the Air Force, not the military.


haha...funny guy.
One would think, with your username, you'd have a teeny bit of clue.
 
2021-09-17 8:33:58 AM  

Stud Gerbil: We were told to remove all valuables from our vehicles before they were sent stateside by the military.   No matter what branch you were in, the Army moved your stuff.  Every car had stuff stolen.   No one can rip you off like Uncle Sam's contractors.


FTFY -- when they shipped my son's car to Hawaii, he was told in no uncertain terms: nothing in the car!
...and then the shipping company said they had no paperwork showing the shipment. Hawaii requires that to register the car. That was fun.

They finally agreed that the car with Washington state license plates, still legally registered in Washington, couldn't have driven to Hawaii, so they relented and registered it. The fact that my DIL was 9 months pregnant and ready to deliver any day and had a screaming 2 year old with her may have hastened their decision. Also, COVID, so the office wasn't open except a few hours a week.
 
2021-09-17 8:40:53 AM  

H31N0US: Dodgy moving company...but I repeat myself


I live not so far from the base this guy was moving out of.  Couple years back, somebody was moving onto base, hired a local moving company, and apparently whatever stuff of his they boxed up contained explosives residue of some sort.  (Which I can totally see, since he's military, but on the other hand it could very well have been homebrew fireworks or something else similarly illegal here, since he's military.) Shut down the main gate to base for hours, etc.
 
2021-09-17 8:45:40 AM  

FriarReb98: They don't exactly get the best Yelp reviews...or Google reviews...or a good BBB review (where they're not accredited). Is there such a thing as a "good" moving company anymore?


I've used a local company both times I've moved and they do an outstanding job. I wont use a national company for just these reasons but i wont be moving out of state ever again so yeah. The good ones are out there you just have to do some research beforehand.
 
2021-09-17 8:54:19 AM  

dittybopper: YouPeopleAreCrazy: dittybopper: thepeterd: [Fark user image 425x318]

Yeah, that rank doesn't actually exist in the military.

It absolutely does.
I was one.

No, you were in the Air Force, not the military.


Can't wait for the Space Force stories to appear.  It's a feature not a bug technicalities.
 
2021-09-17 9:07:59 AM  

daffy: Next time do it to civilians.


They did, the guy was in the Air Force.
 
2021-09-17 9:09:18 AM  

Gyrfalcon: Yeah, try never to screw active duty military personnel. One way or another, you WILL pay.


Never argue with someone that has better access to heavy ordinance
 
2021-09-17 9:15:46 AM  

Dick Gozinya: omg bbq: Great, he will buy a loaded challenger and his wife dependapotamus will get five new coach bags.

/former military.


I know someone who married a girl who had 8 kids, and they e had 4 more since they got married.  What the hell causes people to do that?  I mean .. honestly?  He married well. She's awesome. And that is a crazy, fun house.  But I know others who did it who did not marry well.
 
2021-09-17 9:18:57 AM  
Don't remember the name of the company but our last move was from Chicagoland to here in the Central Valley of California, about 2200 miles. We chose a company that parked x 40' trailer in our driveway & we loaded it ourselves. They let us have the trailers in the drive for 5 days on each end. It was the cheapest - we made sure we packed it as we wanted. We were really satisfied with the move. It wasn't those boxes/containers you see advertised. Wish I could remember the name right now. I will praise them. No problems, no trying to extort random. I've moved often in my life as a military brat & my own career, and this was the least stressfull.
 
2021-09-17 9:23:56 AM  
Remembered it as soon as I posted: U-Pack. We moved in 2014. Not a single problem.
 
2021-09-17 9:25:56 AM  

NephilimNexus: Father & Son will pay the Technical Sergeant $60,000 in damages and a $5,000 civil penalty to the federal government.

And how, exactly, does one collect money that has already been snorted?


Kinetic Tooth extraction
 
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