US funeral director invites bids for patio job in barter deal

A New York funeral director is offering a free funeral to any builder who will undertake a construction job at his Manhattan home.

Funeral director Peter Dohanich, 51, said he did not have the cash for the patio remodelling but insisted the exchange was fair.

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The free funeral offered outweighs the value of the job

“It may sound like a laughable barter transaction, but consider the average cost of paying for a funeral. … Ask someone that recently had a funeral what they paid!”

Donahich said he had received a few calls from takers but had not yet selected anybody for the macabre job.

The cost of the job is $6,000, or $1,300 less than the cost of a funeral, according to the National Funeral Directors Association.