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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GREEN GOBLER, Mar 31, 2001.

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    GREEN GOBLER LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Posts: 3

    I have a customer that simply won't pay.

    Not can't pay, won't pay last year's bill. I sued him and won and he still won't pay.

    He drives a baby blue Bimmer and his wife has a fairly new Mercedes and also they just bought a new Prelude for their stay at home 23 year old son.

    I have successfully used Roundup before, to spray obscenities on non-payers lawns in 2ft letters.

    But this guy deserves to have his whole lawn poisoned.

    Is there any dry-granular product I can drop with a Lesco?


  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    I'm sorry. Maybe you're kidding, maybe you're not, but I feel that this is NOT an appropriate topic to bring up on this forum. This site is comprised of professionals, and I believe that the administrators intend to keep it that way. If we start bringing up unethical, let alone CRIMINAL activity: and that's exactly what this is, CRIMINAL activity, I don't believe the sponsors would find it in their best interest NOT to advertise here. Other than that, though, welcome to Lawnsite.

    [Edited by Runner on 03-31-2001 at 10:29 PM]
  3. lee b

    lee b LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,580

    Never thought of using round-up to write dirty words before, I bet that really leaves them in a fix. You'd have to kill the rest of the yard to erase it, hmmmm.... Follow thru on all your legal options, maybe you can get a lein on something. Don't go postal yet.Goodluck {and thanks for another devious idea}
  4. Ssouth

    Ssouth LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 437

    Although, I don't approve of this type of practice and would never personally do it myself you can buy a product called Pramitol that is a soil sterilant. I would not sugest that you use this product because it will sterilize the soil for up to one year. Hey, that's up to you. Personally, If they do not pay I would dump the equivelant refuse you have gathered off of there property right onto there front lawn. I've never done this but it would make them think about paying for the services they have received in the past and they will have to pay someone else even more to remove it.LOL. Personally, I would just keep sending them a monthly invoice until they pay or threat to go to a collection agency. This normally works for me.
    BTW, I was just kidding about the Pramitol. It could cost you alot of money to refurbish the lawn even if they are no- payers.

    GREEN GOBLER LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Posts: 3

    I'll add a couple Viagra to the Pramitol for a little faster action!
  6. Mark

    Mark LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 723

    Sorry to hear about your client not paying for your hard earned work. But i would never take that approach, thats totally unprofessional and wrong. Keep it legal, i had one client who never paid me one yr,and what comes around goes around now his yd looks awful. I ended up writing it off on taxes. Again sorry and i personally would take it to my higher power Jesus to put things in perspective. Marks Mowing Service
  7. AltaLawnCare

    AltaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 962

    That is one of the many risks of ALL businesses, small sole proprieters feel it the worst.
    If possible, try to get something in writing and get it signed, thats usually the only thing which will hold up court.
    Try to warn other LCOs in your area of this client.
  8. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 932

    You can put a "mechanics lien" on their property.
    You'll have to have an attorney draw it up and file it with your county.
    Your county will notify him of the lien on his property which will have to be satisfied prior to resale.
    Have your attorney include his fees, filing fees and an interest clause also.

    If you have already won a suit against them and there is a judgement against him you could have his wages levied. (as long as he is not a Merchant Mariner, they can only be levied for taxes or child support)

    I've had to do this a few times, the initial "mechanics lien" always seems to work the quickest!!

    Good luck!!
  9. R&GSweeping

    R&GSweeping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    You know this questions bothers me. As a business owner I assume the risk of having non paying customers. Thats part of doing business. Whether its lawn care, parking lot sweeping, retail, wholesale, medical, or legal. You get the picture. ANY business. AND handling the non payers with tact and professionalism is what seperates the pros from the trunk dwellers especially in the lawn care industry. I keep reading about the professionalism of the industry on this forum. You are only as professional as you appear.

    Hey here's a TIP! Do what I do in my computer programming business. Hire someone who knows how to collect a debt. Of course you're not going to colllect 100% but they are professionals at what they do. It waste to much of your energy and resources chasing, worrying, wasting precious time concerning yourself with an outstanding bill. I see people here that are consumed with anger because of someone owing them money. Get over it. The statement "its the principle of the thing" equals PRIDE. And pride is what got the devil kicked out of Heaven. Be careful.
  10. plow kid

    plow kid Banned
    Posts: 516

    If your dead set on teaching these people a lesson buy rock salt. About 2-3 bags should do, spread it out and watch it turn brown, then they water the yard to perk it up and it sends more salt into the soil.

    I do not condone doing this.
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