Haiti Construction - Boss Mason Afraid of Each Other

I asked a Haitian "boss mason" for an estimate on a construction job in Haiti, just an estimate, then I ask second one... He flat out refused to even give me an estimate simply because I asked another before him...


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"That's how it is in Haiti, " someone says to me. "Once you talk a 'boss mason' about a job, worse, if you bring him to the 'chantier' (the construction site) nobody else will take the job unless you lie to him and tell him he is the first one."

Are you freaking kidding me?

You mean to tell me that I cannot shop around for prices in Haiti?

Is that against the rules?

You mean to tell me I cannot shop around for the best qualified person for the job?

You mean to tell me once I am introduced to 'Boss Gera' I am stuck with him even if he is a 'Tet Mato' ???

No way... Is this for real???

I didn't even hire the man yet! All I asked for was a darn estimate. So... What? I am stuck with him now?

This sucks... This cannot be for real???

Has this ever happened to you or someone you know? Do you think this is the right way to do thing?

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Bruno says...

lollllllllll, mezanmi pagen bagay sa nap pale la. bos mwen siw gen pou fe kay ou, fel janw vle oupa konn kesyon de bos jera oubyen bos fred. ou chwazi sa ki nan avantaj pou a epi se fini.tout radot vodou se si se la, tout se parol.

al fe kay ou pouw ka dormi tande

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John says...

Le wap fe yon kay Haiti e ou vle yon estimet ou pa janm montre boss la vre kote kay la pral fet, toujou montrel yon fo kote ki pa pre ak kotew ou vle fe kay la nan konsa ou evite lanmo ak diskision, le boss sa ap veye teren sa ou te montrel la lap we ki li pa janm konstwi, e ou menm wap travay sou kay ou san

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Daniel Alvarez says...

Se konsa peyia fin kraze, nan vie kwayans gran papa yo. Se youn nan rezon Sen Domeng ap vanse ki te nou

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Miejo says...

a gen kesyon pep kre nan tenten VODOU, vodou pa gen anyen la danl, se yon kwayens popile se tout, konya ak avanse nap avanse nan yon lot le, pou nou ka gen souf nou "sivilize" nan lot peyi, vini ak yon pwopozisyon ki kap ede! sispan pale pep mal, chak peyi gen jan pa yo, yo touye moun! si ou pa konnen komen yo regle moun ki pran job lot moun nan gran peyi cheche

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Lucksonlouis says...

1- yo pa kwe nan tet yo

2- yo pap rive pi lwen ke sa yo konnen an.

Li leur pou ti bagay makak sa yo fini. Tout tan ou pataje konesans ou nan yon domaine ou bay tet ou yon chans pou konn plis toujou et wap pi fo. yo pap rive pi lwen ke sa. yo peur pou lot pa pran job yo epi se makak yap fe. blan an pa nan bagay konsa li renmen "challenge" met tout sa w konnen deyo epi lap challenge ou sil pi faible lap metel anba vant ou poul konn plis. si se ou ki pi faible lap ba w reference pou al mat bet sou ou pou ka challenge li pi byen. se sel nou menm Haitien ki nan makak sa a a a

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Wifeylinko says...

BANM DI NOU YON BAGAY KI TINTIN SA YO NAP PALE KONSA! PEP LA KWE NAN TINTIN VODOU SA TWOP SE SA KAP KRAZE PEYIYA.

NOU BEZWEN PLIS AYISYEN AL APRAN E GEN DEGREE INIVESITE NAN INJENYE KONSTRIKSYON E SIVIL PLISAYISYEN KI ETIDYE NAN LOT PEYI DWE ENKOURAJE LOT E RANTRE POU

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Ld says...

Well, I have done construction in Haiti, I would say its best to hired them in day to day basis...But if you have a contract with a Boss Mason another will not take job even if the first one screw up. So I would say hired a boss mason and some worker to do the work and pay them daily.

And its usually cheaper

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Rose says...

Sadly yes, this is it in Haiti.

WE should be able to have as many estimates as we feel like we need, just like we do in the US. What about competition?

We can only hope for a better Haiti with more jobs, so they will no longer need to kill each other for 5 gourdes.

Devlopman se sa nou bezyen...

So

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Ren says...

That's right...

You already have an estimate.

Why getting a second?

Nimporte lott Boss ki pran job-la, lap mouri...

Lap mouri nan pied

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Roro says...

It's simple they are scared of dying.

If the second boss mason take the job the first one would kill

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