Hard Data: Regulators bust electrical 'ghosts'

  • Article by: JANE FRIEDMANN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 23, 2011 - 11:32 PM
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grjanssenApr. 24, 11 6:23 AM

AT THE VERY LEAST these "Contractors" pretended to follow the rules by hiring "Shadow Masters" on their payroll. Every day, at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menard's etc., truck loads of electrical materials are purchased by unlicensed, unqualified, individuals to provide cheap electrical work to unsuspecting, unconcerned, home owners & business customers throughout the cities. The "electricians", usually minority, work with impunity! The MN Dept. of Labor & Industry talks a good game but never leaves their office to follow these trucks to the jobsites to enforce the electrical statutes. Fear of accusations of racial bias trumps public safety I guess.

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brainerdguyApr. 24, 11 9:22 AM

Private Sector at work!

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mn_cameraApr. 24, 1111:14 AM

"Usually minority" matters to you, does it, grjanssen? Matters as much as anything else, so you feel the need to include it? I guess your fear of accusations of racial bias is with clear justification, then, because you're displaying it quite clearly.

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withinreasonApr. 24, 11 2:01 PM

Why are the electricians that are renting out their license allowed to keep it and being fined such a pittance? $500?? How is that supposed to stop anyone.

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brill99Apr. 24, 11 4:09 PM

The only thing shoddy here is the lack of critical thinking skills by this journalist. While readers may worry about "mistakes" and "shoddy electrical work" from the first paragraph, ALL of the cases cited are merely for unlicensed work, NOT for shoddy or substandard work. The implication is that if someone isn't licensed, then their workmanship must be poor, but NO evidence is given of this! I've worked with unlicensed professionals who do quality work and see that pertinent codes and standards are followed. I've also worked with licensed people who are sloppy or incompetent. The public might believe licensing boards ensure safety, but what they really accomplish is: (1) to extract revenue for the government, by forcing people to beg for permission to work from bureaucrats, and (2) to extract revenue for the government, by fining anyone who dares to engage in their livelihood without kissing the bureaucrats' ring. There's also another purpose: (3) to enable licensees to act as a "cartel" by erecting barriers to new competitors, allowing them to charge higher prices because competition has been artificially restricted.

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liberaleliteApr. 24, 11 6:45 PM

Wow, @grjanssen gets the prize for racist of the day. Runners up include the 7 folks who voted up his comment. @grjanssen the sad thing is you made some decent points, right up until you brought up the minority thing. To think that you find some sort of foundation for your racist comment just shows that you are ignorant beyond repair. Anyways Strib nice job on calling out some deadbeat contractors!

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