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Black Listing for Non Pay/Troublesome Customers and Bad Employees

Discussion in 'Questions, Rules, Suggestions' started by smullen, Aug 7, 2005.

  1. smullen

    smullen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 57

    I was talking to one of my friends tonight, who owns a pretty big LC and he was telling me a sorta funny story about how some other LC owner was telling him how he has a customer who is into him for over 500 or so and as they got to talking about it, the same customer was ripped of the guy I know for like 450.00... Afte they realized it wa the same guy they were like No, F'in way...

    Anyway as he is telling me about this and some of the guys he has had to fire recently....

    I was like, we should develp some sort listing service for Non-Payers and Crappy employees...

    I though of here, you could break it up my State or State them Major City, etc....

    Just list Name, Address, dollar amount in to you for...

    I dunno, Idea could use some work, but I think its a good idea... He was wanting to like make it a Subscription service, but I'd offer it for free, just to help us all out...

    Comments, Ideas????
  2. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    There was a sponsor at one time that did that and quickly disappeared. While everyone would love to weed out the PITA's you have to be careful of deformation of character etc. even though they go around stiffing people they have more rights than the service industry. Don't know what the answer is on that one.
  3. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    The minute you post a former employees name and address after firing him for "crappy work" is the day you better look for a new business. By the time the lawyers get done with you you won't own the one you have and if your unfortunate enough not to be incorperated they will own your home and anything else of value.
  4. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,004

    i know you cant give bad references on past employees. thought about the black list idea on bad customers last spring. thought it be nice if lcos sent each other a list of bad customers and everyone added their own to the list. idea got lost in spring rush though. every now and then an lco im friends with might mention to me they had troubles with a certain address in an area i mow a lot incase they call me. if i see one of my lco friends doing a yard i used to, but had 'troubles' with i stop and say hi and mention i used to do that yard but had to drop them. dont really see anything wrong with some small talk on the streets?
  5. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    Here you go then. Print up some NO PITA stickers and sell them on the internet at a site like cafepress or something. You can identify one another with the sticker and secret handshake and exchange lists. :p
  6. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,004

    shhhh... careful about talking about the 'secret handshake' on here. dont want the spies to find out. jk. :cool2:
  7. smullen

    smullen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 57

    I talked to some H.R. Specialists from 2 different large companies and asked them about this.. Here is the info I got on what you can and can't say to protect yourself from Liable...

    Hire Date
    End of Employment Date
    You can say, they resigned, Were let go or laid off, but you can't go into details at all on why they were let go...

    Also, you can state, if they are they eligble for Re-hire at your company, yes or no.

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