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<<. Our gardener is a Mexican guy that lives in a pretty run down little apartment and has a family of four. He moved to the US about a decade ago, drives a crappy car and lives in a dingy apartment.

But he now owns three trucks and has something like a half-dozen employees and steady work. He has a successful business, because working hard wasn't foreign to him and, more importantly, instead of taking each incremental gain in his salary and immediately converting it into a lifestyle gain, he saved his money so he could continue bootstrapping his business upwards.

Just wondering if he arrived as an illegal alien, hires other illegal aliens, isn't licensed and insured as required and fails to report much of his sales for tax purposes and much of his income for taxes.

My brother has one of these gyppo gardeners, and he likes to be paid in cash. I wonder why.

Just for fun, ask him for proof that he is a licensed contractor and for proof that his employees are covered by worker's comp insurance.

Seattle Pioneer
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