Around June of every year the full time maintenance man at a local insurance company take 2-3 weeks off for his annual training in the National Guard. During that time I am contracted to come in and maintain the lawn in his absence. Now, the insurance company itself has about 5 acres, as well as a house they own in a local resort community 1/4 acre. The house is used to entertain shareholders. Anyway, last week I stopped by the insurance company to secure the deal for this season as well as to find out if there were any changes. I talked with the people writing the checks and everything is squared away. I am walking back out to my truck and the full time maintenance man stops me and asks if I will be mowing in his absence again this year. I told him that I would be and he had nothing to worry about, I would take care of it. That is when he laid into me. He told me that way I cut the grass last year looked terrible and that no one at the company liked the stripes. He said that I ruined his pattern, and nearly killed the grass by mowing back and forth and not by mowing like him. His pattern consist of driving all over the lawn with his rider and until all the grass is cut. He then went on to tell me that the share holders drive by and don't want to see those "lines" they want to see green. Now here is where I don't know what to do. As I said I had just come from the office where the presidents secretary told me that the president really liked the way I cut the grass last year. Also last year several of the high ranking employees told me that the yard looked better than it ever had and that they wished the maintenance man would cut the way I did. Anyway I get rave reviews from everyone but him. I feel I should mow the way the people writing the checks want me to mow, and if they like the stripes, then I will give them stripes. I think this guy is afraid I am after his job and that by making the lawn look nice I am jeopardizing his position. After talking with him I called back and talked to the pres. secretary again, she reiterated the fact that everyone likes the way I do it. I just do not know how to approach this. I know the guy was lying to me, and would not be surprised if he sabotages my reputation with the company in fear of losing his job. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Thank you.