AT&T guy gets out of his truck and starts to walk up our driveway. "Hey, I'm just going to go into your backyard and check the lines."
My husband: "Why?"
AT&T guy: "I need to check the phone lines."
Hubs: "We don't have AT&T phone service"
AG: "Oh, yeah, that's fine, we just need to check the lines to make sure they're working fine."
Hubs: "Well, we don't have AT&T and the lines are working just fine."
AG: "Yeah, we need to check them for the future. In case you decide to switch, or in case you sell the house and the next residents get AT&T."
Hubs: "What are you checking for?"
AG (waving a stack of papers at my husband as he heads for our back gate): "I just need to check the lines."
Hubs: "I have dogs in the backyard and if you let them out, there's going to be some trouble" (not because our pups are vicious, because I'd have a spazz attack if someone let my dogs out)
AG: "Do you want to go inside and let the dogs in?"
Hubs: You're still not going in the backyard until you tell me why you want to go back there."
AG: "Fine, I'll just call the sheriff and have them escort me back there."
My husband wished him good luck and told him to make sure he brought back a warrant.
um... what? Where did that come from? How did it escalate to calling the freaking sheriff? And why couldn't the guy just explain what the hell he needed to do in our backyard?
We're not paranoid and we've got better things to do than harass workers, but:
1) He couldn't explain why he needed to be on our property, especially if we don't use his service
2) He got totally belligerent
After we weren't scared by his threat of the sheriff, he left and we didn't see him again - weird, right?