So yesterday I'm working with a couple of my guys finishing a regrade and reseed of a property. I walk around to the front and see the customer's landscaper is doing the lawn next store and I assume he will see us working and skip the yard, we're in the back with the dump and skidsteer but they will see my pickup up the long driveway. Half hour later I send one of my guys to go pick up supplies in my truck, and tell him to take the spreader out first so that we can fert and seed while waiting for him. When my guy goes out front to grab the spreader he comes back and says it's not there. So I walk around and see the landscaper packing up next door and pull of with a spreader on the truck.
I jump in my dump and catch up to him the scaper at a light where I can clearly see that it is my spreader. 100% positive it is mine. I pull up beside him and tell him to just give me the spreader back and I wont cause a problem. He tells me to go f myself and rolls up the window. I get out of my truck but the light turns green and he pulls off. I call the police but before I get transfered through a officer flagged us both down to pull over. Turns out he was on a detail and due to my rage I hadent noticed him just ahead. The guy tried to deny it, I explain to the officer that it has a serial number and I can prove it is mine, and that I can have a document with a matching serial number within the half hour. Couple more officers showed up and had us wait while my guy ran back to the shop and grabbed the serial number sticker off of the box. They called JDL to confirm the selling price and arested the landscaper for felony theft. The best part was the home owner drove by when we were waitting on the side of the road, when I came back she asked me what happened. I'm pretty sure he lost her as a customer, and since she is friends with the neighbor, he probably lost that one aswell
Why do people not respect us as they do other tradesmen? Because every Tom, Dick, and Harry doesn't think he can be a plumber or electrician!