Okay, I need to vent a little frustration, but please do read if you have the time. I live in a mobile home park and put up an advertisement down by our mailboxes in late March (snow was still on the ground) stating the following: "Call local resident John Fetzer for weekly lawn care - $15 a visit." I also had some business cards attached to it for people to take. I put 20 cards up and to this date 14 have been taken. I've been called by 3 people with business so far. Now TODAY, my girlfriend calls me and asks if I took my advertisement down. I said no, why? She said well your original one is gone and there is a new one up titled "John's Lawn Care". (previously I gave my services no name, just offered them to the residents) She said this new sign says he can do regular mowing & trimming plus mulch and flowerbed maintenance. She actually saw the guy posting his ad while she was getting the mail today, however at the exact time she was there she said mine was still up. However, I am lead to believe that he simply waited for no one to be around and then removed my ad. So as you can imagine, I am angry and frustrated, but I want to play smart, not dirty like this idiot. My plan of action is to first take this guy's number and give him a call. I will pose as a resident who is interested in his services. The catch is, I'll tell him that I grabbed a card about a month ago and never called, but now there is a new ad up with a different phone number, but the guy's name is still John. I'll try to ask him if maybe he changed his cell phone and had to put up a new sign. If he says yes, then I would obviously be able to call his bluff since the first sign was mine. Really though, even if I can prove he took mine down (which to me I don't even need proof, I'm convinced this guy did it) then what would I even do? I think before I call him I will contact the manager. The manager called me on Sunday and asked if I could mow a lot because it was getting too long. I took him up on the offer for $30 (it was wayyyy overgrown). So apparently the manager grabbed my phone number himself, maybe for back-up. I'll ask him if they took my sign down for any reason. When they say no, I'll say oh ok, well my sign is no longer up there and now a new sign is up, with my same first name, but different phone number. He probably can't do anything but I might as well mention it to him. I think then I'll place another ad up there, but leave this guy's one up too. I was thinking of making some kind of note stating "Good sir, please do not remove my advertisement again, we each have the right to post here and I will not rip yours down, so please leave mine alone." Well, I guess that's it. I don't give a crap if his ad is up there, I just don't want him stealing MY business. It's not my fault he waited until early May to post his and mine was up over a month earlier. P.S. - $15 a visit is NOT lowballing when I can mow, trim and clean-up in less than a half an hour. Not to mention, LCO's don't even offer their services within the park.