In a recent event that took New York City by surprise, dozens of apartments in a luxurious Upper East Side high-rise were left without functioning stoves for nearly two months. The cause? An unfortunate mishap involving a resident’s attempt to mount their TV on the wall.
A tenant residing in a two-bedroom, 17th-floor apartment at 245 East 58th St., where monthly rents can soar to $8,000 or more, decided to hire a worker through the popular odd job website, Task Rabbit, to hang their TV in February. However, things took a turn for the worse when the worker, who didn’t introduce himself to the building’s management and entered as a visitor, mistakenly drilled into the building’s gas line.
This error resulted in an entire line of apartments in the 29-story building being without working stoves for a staggering seven weeks. The management company, Roc-Le Triomphe Associates LLC, had to call in Con Edison and the Fire Department of New York to address the situation on February 1st. As a temporary solution, residents were provided with “temporary cooking equipment.” Understandably, many have since demanded rent reductions. The management company is now seeking $70,000 in damages from Task Rabbit.
This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of hiring professionals for tasks that require expertise. While platforms like Task Rabbit offer convenience, it’s crucial to ensure that the person you’re hiring is qualified for the job.
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