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Offline 123maxbars

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Last Mobile Job, good learning experience,
« on: April 14, 2012, 04:37:45 PM »
I run an lt35 as a part time business. I am a police officer by trade and do it on the weekends, I am a stationary mill, i did however do three portable jobs when I started out. But I found the demand for lumber in my area to be so high that I do just fine leaving my mill at home and sawing my own logs.

My last mobile job I did was in Dec of 11. It was for a person who worked for the forestry service. They stated to me they had been given a few logs that were taken down to make way for a new road. So i went to the national forest and milled the logs for him. He helped me, he also have a few co workers that assisted also.
I got around 1mbf of pine milled for him then packed up my mill and went home. I never really thought much of this for the reason there were alot of forestry workers around and everyone was really facinated with the WM and watching me saw the logs. Last week I got a call from an investigator from the forestry service. And after talking wtih them it looks like the worker did not get permission to take the logs, and they were on the clock while they helped me with the sawing.  The good news however I am not liable for anything and was actually sent an apology from the foresty service for being lied to by one of its employees. The boy that hired me did not loose his job but did get some type of punishment.

Point of this story, you never know where the logs come from, or if they were obtained legally. I am a 10year veteran at a city police dept, and have been undercover for the past 4 years. I get lied to on a daily basis by "thugs" but I never dreamed this guy was telling me a big one! 

Just wanted to share this story with you guys so it might help a sawyer one day stay out of a mess like this that could have been very bad.

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Re: Last Mobile Job, good learning experience,
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2012, 04:45:40 PM »
Very interesting story.
The one sad part of it to me is that the fellow didn't lose his job.
Seems there are few significant penalties for "lying" for one thing, and cheating on the job for another. The guy was stealing, and seems it would be a crime.

But then, the cops would have less to do, as well as the lawyers, the court system, the judges, and the social workers, ad infinitum. They all feed on the system.
But then, they are employed so maybe that makes it right??   ::)
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Re: Last Mobile Job, good learning experience,
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2012, 09:33:07 PM »
Wow....I work for the Forests Service..... ;D  Somebody would have been FIRED in S.C.
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Re: Last Mobile Job, good learning experience,
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2012, 10:06:48 PM »
That's where a good contract comes in handy!

My contract has a statement of ownership of the logs in it.

When the customer signs it, he's stating that he does own the logs!
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Re: Last Mobile Job, good learning experience,
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2012, 10:13:44 AM »
Same with my saw contract:

"Customer represents that he is the owner of the logs and/or has the authority to enter into this
Agreement on behalf of all interested parties.  Dated this ___day of ______________, 20___

Sawyer:________________________________Custome r:_______________________________" 
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