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helper was awful!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by EHesseyLawns, Mar 23, 2004.

  1. EHesseyLawns

    EHesseyLawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 82

    hey everyone,

    how has everyone handled this situation; i had a guy come with me and help me on some yards today. he did terrible. i showed him how to edge, told him how to edge, several times. and i reiterated several times that the yards had to be edged. he would not edge. i had no time to teach him how to run the mower so i was stuck with him. he also told a customer he wasnt getting paid "jack" for doing what he was doing....i had to go back and edge everything after i finished cutting, i might as well have told him to just sit in the truck...

    what should i do? after abou 2.5 hours i just took him home. should i even pay him? just venting cause i got put behind...thanks
  2. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,170

    pay him minimum wage so you can't get in trouble.
  3. lawnagent

    lawnagent LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 529

    I would probably pay him just for the simple fact that I would not want to hear him whine and moan about it. BUT, I would never ever use him again. Consider it a cheap lesson learned about him.
  4. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,266

    Elizabeth, if you had promised him a little sugar if he did a good job, the results may have been different. Put those feminine charms to work girl.
  5. xcopterdoc

    xcopterdoc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 752

    I'd pay him the 2.5 and call it good. Then legally there is nothing he can do. Time worked is time paid, even if he sucked at it. At least ya did the right thing and cut it off when ya saw it was going bad and getting worse!
  6. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,309

    Yeah pay him and cut your losses. Did he claim to have experience????
  7. troblandscape

    troblandscape Guest
    Posts: 0

    I have had those kind... I pay them, then call them that night and just tell them it wasnt working out.:cry:

    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,259

    maybe next time you should take the time to train the person you hire jm .02
  9. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,910

    Pay him and chalk it up to a training lesson for you.
  10. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    don't pay him nothing, and if he comes knockin at your door, get your husband to throw him down the stairs.

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