I'm the bad guy.

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by topsites, Apr 2, 2006.

  1. Ol'time Lawncare

    Ol'time Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 497

    Some body gotta be the bad guy!!!
  2. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,278

    Not really man dealing with ppl./the public will give even the best of us a sour attitude from time to time. I know somedays i feel like giving a few ppl. a piece of my mind, but I don't b/c im a pro. We put SOOO much in and to our businesses, and yet noone gives a rats azz wether we do well or not.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    I'm not beyond understanding what you say, but I find myself as confused by the beginning and end of the whole picture as you say, it is hard to explain. But the dirty look doesn't help, that look they give me as if I had just handed them their dead cat doesn't help at all.

    Things are better now, I do feel better since it finally rained but I also know this is just an excuse because not only was the first set of responses fairly unanimous, but others have told me the same thing about what I describe is normal and that I just have a bad attitude.
    Ok, I can live with this, but I have some questions...

    When you say this is normal, do you really mean that most people are lying, cheating, thieving pos'? Because I asked somebody one time why they just did that... They had tried to pull a fast one and it wasn't a mistake, it was done on purpose (planned and conceived, the whole process went by with them being entirely aware of themselves) and I honestly just wanted to know why because I continue to have a real problem with this issue of aware-full wrong-doing ... And their answer as to why they do this was 'because everybody's doing it!' And at the time I had to admit this was true.
    But it doesn't make it right and it's not the fact that it happens that bothers me, but the sheer volumes of it. I know from having observed us as people that we all make mistakes, but I also know true mistakes happen maybe once out of ten times, this I can live with, but the actual number of events such as this appears to be over half and I dare say at times the number of what I consider negative or bad behaviour is closer to nine out of ten! That is what bothers me and it is what eats me. If this is normal, I will die not accepting this sad truth because it frustrates me to no end to think that the whole wide world really doesn't care that our souls are all going to hell... Now if I must fry by Satan's side in the coming of the second death for what I have done then so be it, but please, please don't make it any worse for yourself and do your best to do no wrong so help you god, so to speak (ok, sorry if it got too deep but that's the real main gist of it).

    As far as my attitude, it is a learned response to all or most of this.
  4. Xterminator

    Xterminator LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 279

    Sell your services don't let them get to you there is always someone else who appreciates good work. all that said and it still pizzes me off when I get into it with a customer. I have let three go this year, but at the same time I added between 35 to 40
  5. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,923

    Nobody has given any definition to "bad" in the phrase. Or, for that matter, what about "good" guy?

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