I was watching while Charter was working at a house down the road one day this week. A Charter truck there and then an obvious contractor truck. It had magnetic signs but they were too small to read but the two guys worked together for over an hour so I'm pretty sure that's what was going on. I wonder if it was the same guy?
If he's done this multiple times in the Dee then he has issues. He's just way too jumpy to be around dogs... or probably even people. My oldest daughter goes to way more homes in a day than he does and in 7 years she's only been bit one time. And that was a dog that never made a sound and just snuck up behind her and made one very silent bite.
When a property owner (or tenant for that matter) orders up any type of service like this then the contractor becomes an 'invitee' and it is up to the property owner or tenant to make the property 'secure'. Yes, that probably includes the neighbors dogs too if they normally range into the area where the contractor will be working.
On the other side of it this is one of my major issues with Charter (we've begrudgingly had them for probably 15 years) is they give you a service window that's 4 hours wide. If they could tell you they'd be there between 2 and 2:30 it would be much easier to 'secure' the area.
I have no idea if it's necessary for a contractor to carry a handgun in the Dee but I don't know of anywhere in Monroe County that I would feel it's necessary.
Yes, I think if the info provided so far is mostly accurate and factual then he has issues. I doubt the dog owner has much they can do in civil court since dogs by Michigan law have been deemed less valuable than even a chicken (Jan Jay target practice thread)! The property owner 'may' have some options though. I'd think it would all come down to was the property owner expecting a contractor to show up with a gun in his vehicle.
So, now when I call Charter, or Michigan Gas Utilities, or Consumer's Energy, or ATT, or South County Water do I have to specifically inform them that I have dogs and that I do NOT want them sending an armed service person or contractor
When the MGU meter reader was here one day back in the winter I had the front door open and the 3 dogs were basking in the sun. When they started barking he went back to his truck and got some kind of a fancy stick... looked like a cane but it had some kind of a fancy ball on the end that was opposite his hand. I'm thinking it was some kind of a device to disperse something towards a dog?