do not accuse my neighbor

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, Apr 26, 2002.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    check this out, did i do a dumb thing? thought i was helping: put a new lawn in in late fall for a customer, lookin better every week, couldnt wait to get there this week to cut, cus i fertilized 3 weeks ago and new this week it would look premo. well, i pull up, and WOW! big brown spots everywhere, the grass is dead! as i looked around, i saw a brown "line", of dead grass , it went from my customers property, right to the nieghbors garage door. now, couldnt help but think someone had a leaky round up container, and left a trail behind them. so i get the customer out and show him, and also show him it leads right to his nieghbors garage door. told him i suspected vandalism, he got mad, told me not to accuse his nieghbor, told me to fix it and send a bill. did i do a dumb thing?
     
  2. f350

    f350 Banned
    from mi
    Posts: 424

    you sure did.. you assumed. when you assume it makes an ass out of you and me...
     
  3. I'm not sure I would have called it vandalism but I would have pointed out what I saw and asked if he knew what had happened. Let him draw his own conclusion. And he wanted a bill for repairs? Makes me curious.
     
  4. Maybe your customer borrowed something from the neighbor and is now embarrassed by his mistake?
     
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    bobbygedd wrote:

    told him i suspected vandalism, he got mad, told me not to accuse his nieghbor, told me to fix it and send a bill. did i do a dumb thing?

    Interesting. I probably would have asked "What happened to the lawn?". In any case it's obvious that the homeowner knows exactly what happened to the lawn. He's not willing to 'fess up out of embarrassment.
     
  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    I would have asked "what happened?" first. Would probably make a great lawnsite story. Never go accusing of criminal activity until you know the facts. Plus, your customer is hiding his own stupid mistakes. Maybe every year you can fix the same problems for him. "Hey Mr. Jones, can I borrow that spray thingy again?" haha
     
  7. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    i dont think it was an assumption...the evidence is there.


    i dont need to put my hand in fire to know its hot...

    to me its obvious what happened. spin it politely, but the neighbor is somehow involved. maliciously or not.
     
  8. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Posts: 1,540

    Maybe your client needed to borrow some gasoline from his neighbor...and his neighbor (nice fellow that he is) obliged....leaky container and all. :D
     
  9. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    yea, i guess u could be right. i did have a guy one time who thought he might spray the 3 dandelions in his yard, with a half gallon of roundup! maybe he borrowed some round up from the nieghbor, never thought of that. but what a freakin mess he made
     

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