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how many strikes?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    i did him a few yrs back. he was pleased. said i was the best service he ever had. we had a "disagreement", i dumped him. a couple yrs went by. he called and begged me to come back. i said ok. he got out of line with me on the phone, i dumped him again. that's 2 occurences. he is now calling me on a daily basis, apologizing, pleading, begging me to come back. i don't return his calls. at this point, would you even consider taking him back? money is not an issue, he pays whatever i say, never even blinks at the price, and he pays in advance. would you?
  2. git er done landscaping

    git er done landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 61

    so bob. what are the "disagreements" about? if he's paying what you want when you want it shouldnt be to bad but if he's a major PITA its not worth any $ to keep putting up with him.
  3. Dashunde

    Dashunde LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 628

    Considering your description of pay... certainly, take him back knowing that he will rant at some point and then just hang up on him and continue service as usual.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    It has been my experience that once a pita, always a pita. At least in MOST cases this is true, surely there ARE exceptions to the rule but you gotta figure the odds are against you so IF you take someone back then you're playing with one Ace SHORT of a winning hand... You MIGHT come out ok but most of the time, you will not.

    It isn't a matter of number of chances here with this situation: ONCE a pita, always a pita - Thus no matter HOW many chances you give, the results will likely be the same in the end thus it is best to cut the number of chances to zero as soon as you realize what is going on.

    I had a similar situation with a guy I dropped, called me like a year later and I couldn't remember exactly what was SO bad about him and since he was all nice I figured oh what the heck...

    And yes you know it, FIRST time out went ok but the second time it was right back to the old song and dance that brought back vivid and detailed memories of ALL the reasons why I had stopped servicing this guy in the first place.

    I learned at this point in time, once you drop someone you don't go back. I felt a bit stupid at the time but then I chalked it up to experience and how can you learn if you don't experience it?

    Far as the money, it is a shame we don't find too many like that and the way you describe the payment agreement is certainly enough reason to give it the following consideration:
    IF you can in any way TOLERATE the guy's nonsense then do it, considering the way he pays makes up for a fair percent of bs.
    However, the guy I dropped was one of my biggest dollar spenders as well and ALWAYS paid but in the end I could NOT tolerate the bs, no matter how much I reasoned it out, I just couldn't do it.
    Thus, you decide but remember it is NOT a matter of whether it will happen again as I can fairly guarantee it WILL happen again, it is only a matter of whether you can tolerate it or not.
  5. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

  6. jtrice11

    jtrice11 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 380

    If you take him back again, your a glutton for punishment.
  7. LawnBoy89

    LawnBoy89 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 967

    I don't see the problem if he is paying. What do you argue about with him?
  8. The C Man

    The C Man LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 527

    That's no way to treat your father.
  9. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,823

    Three swings of the troll poll,and your out.
  10. Steve9

    Steve9 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 228

    Im confused, is this a jilted lover or a lawn customer!!??? :confused:

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