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Peeing in the bushes pays!!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JimLewis, Feb 21, 2002.

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  1. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,839

    :D You guys will love this one.... and it's all true - I swear.

    A week or two ago one of my employees pulled up to a house (across the street from a client of ours), opened the truck door and proceeded to 'whip it out' and began peeing right out of the truck into the street, right next to the yard of the house in front of him. Well, a lady was at home and has an office upstairs and could see right out her window what was happening. She yelled at the employee then called me. I appologized profusely and told her I'd definitely take action against the employee.

    Then I called the employee and he admitted it all. He said he just had to go and didn't know where else to do it. Well, needless to say, I let that guy go.

    But today I went by the lady's house and introduced myself. I again appologized and offered to do whatever she'd let me to in order to make it up to her. I told her that I had taken action against the employee and didn't want her to think bad of our company or that he was representative of the rest of our staff. To my surprise, she was very forgiving and was almost embarrased she had even called. I re-assured her it was I who was embarrased and she was in the right.

    Anyway, long story short, she wouldn't accept my offer to do something for free to make it up to them but instead, booked a $600 job for March with us.

    Can you believe it? She hired the company who basically pee'd in her lawn! I guess anything can happen.

    Fortunately for me, we already had a great reputation in this neighborhood before this incident and she said she wouldn't tell anyone. So thanks to our existing reputation and my schmoozing her, she not only forgave us but also hired us for some work!

  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Jim, that is great. Peeing up customers. I wonder if I could do that? Wait, I would have to fire myself.

    Good customer and community service. You turned a wierd situation into a winner.
  3. CS Lawns

    CS Lawns LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 92

    If that is what works then I will be P ing on lawns instead of leaving flyers! just hope they are home to see it ! LOL
    Did you hire that guy back yet? he could be salesman of the month! LOL
  4. PAPS

    PAPS LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 404

    thats pretty funny... gotta love pissing on customers and them paying you for it... :D
  5. 2 man crew

    2 man crew LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 403

    Well I guess I should cancel the flyers, pull the yellow page ads I'll Just get a 16 gal keg and let the guys piss all over the place! :D

    That's a great story. Just goes to show how some people can turn a bad situation into some thing positive. Good job.
  6. beck

    beck LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 432

    I think after doing the job for her. I would send her a thank you/ apology card with a nice gift certificate.

    "again i apologize for my employees actions and am embarrassed by what he did. Thank you for not judging my company by the actions of one former employee. I appreciate your business and please enjoy a nice dinner on me."

    something to that effect
    because if she wanted to she could tell her friends and neighbours.
  7. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,839

    Beck, I think you're right. I will do that.
  8. RB

    RB LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 306

    I wonder would have happened if that guy would have took a dump instead!
  9. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,839

    RB, you are horrible! But you made me crack up laughing just picturing that.

    I've had some clients I wouldn't mind doing that to. :p
  10. VLM

    VLM LawnSite Member
    Posts: 189

    That's why I keep an old 64oz. cup in the back of my rig. I wonder how much work that woman would have given you if your guy had taken a dump instead!
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