In a recent Bloomingdale Email, a Bloomingdale resident provided what might be categorized as an unfavorable review of neighborhood electrician Wayne Johnson. [The unfavorable comment is not posted here.]
First, Wayne Johnson provides this response:
[ 1 ] Typo Correction
In response to Bloomingdale resident seeking an electrician , I went to look at this job two weeks ago. To get an estimate to a client on VSt NW. The scope of the work ,started with installing a line for a dryer which was not a problem to installed. In the mean while, of getting a quote back to the client the scope of the worked change . In which I know and you know and if this client did`t NO. now you know . This job needs permits coming from The Department Of Consumer Regulatory Affairs now located in SW Washington DC. I work very hard trying to take care of Bloomingdale Residents and to protect my repetition. A word to the wise. Over the past couple of years, I have help out numerous Bloomingdale residents who had stop work orders place on their home for doing construction with out permits. Fines range from 2,500. dollars to 5,000.00 dollars. So when you call for my services"The Good Electrician That I Am" . IF I CAN'T DO IT RIGHT THEN I WON'T DO IT AT ALL.
One of the first Oath according to the National Electrical Code (Article 90). Is practical safeguarding of person and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity.
And two other neighborhood residents have weighed in:
[ 2 ] From Alexa
I`m not sure how the Bloomingdale Listserve works (like whether messages automatically post or you screen them), but I wanted to let you know that I found the posting below rather cruel. I have no strong feelings either way about Wayne Johnson as an electrician, but I would hope that we could maintain a neighborly tone on this listserve. Direct attacks of individual neighbors seems inappropriate and contrary to the intentions of such a forum.
I`m not sure if there is action to be taken, but I wanted to let you, as moderator, know how this felt as a member of the community.
[ 3 ] From Heather Joy
The anonymous response to Wayne Johnson`s letter is mean-spirited, snarky, and not befitting of a community newsletter whose purpose is, in part, to foster a sense of amicability. I do not know Mr. Johnson nor the homeowner involved in this dispute. However, I do read your listserv emails on a daily basis and I am a committed and concerned member of the Bloomingdale neighborhood. A basic sense of respect and fairness are the cornerstones of any healthy community. The homeowner`s response is rude and smacks of disrespect.
Certainly, Mr. Johnson`s response demonstrates that he does not have a masterful command of written English. However, this limitation should not subject him to becoming fodder for an ostensibly better-educated homeowner. Nor does it give the homeowner the right to attack Mr. Johnson in a public forum. What is worse than the homeowner`s rancor is the his feigned confusion and bemusement. The homeowner attempted to put on as if he is genuinely trying to understand Mr. Johnson`s response, when it is obvious from his tone that all he really wants to do is embarrass Johnson by bringing attention to and mocking his unrefined writing. It`s a low blow either way one cuts it.
Bloomingdale is an attractive community because it is diverse, not just racially, but also experientially, educationally, and professionally. Each of us bring different skills and strengths to this lively and burgeoning neighborhood. Homeowner`s thinly-veiled put downs are insulting, sophomoric, lame, and reek of classism and elitism. If the homeowner wants to find someone with whom to have a war-of-words, he should seek out one of the many lawyers, doctors, and other professionals who make their home in this area. As a seemingly well-educated person, he should be fully aware that contract disputes are typically resolved through legal channels not by posting condescending blog responses. If the homeowner believes Johnson breached his contractual obligation, he seek should seek a legal remedy in a court of law. Let`s leave the listserv as a forum for the exchange of ideas, information, and building an espirit de corps for the lovely LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale neighborhoods.
Heather Joy, Esq.