Stealing customers?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by goinggreen123, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. goinggreen123

    goinggreen123 LawnSite Member
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    I use to work for a very big company I was the head man incharge of well over 120 accounts. My customers loved me and I loved them. I am no longer working for the company and starting my own business. Is it legal to talk to my old customers into going with my company? I know its wrong but the person who owns the company deserves it.
     
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    In my opinion it would be wrong, but you could give your customers the heads up that you switched companies or started your own.
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  3. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    If you didn't sign a non-compete agreement then it is legal for you to talk to anyone you want to. Having said that you've already stated that it is wrong to do so and because you feel they deserve it it is okay to do in your mind?????
     
  4. goinggreen123

    goinggreen123 LawnSite Member
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    No not necessarily but my customers do deserve me and I deserve them. Since I have left I have people approaching me telling me I am stupid for not trying to customers from the company cause their yards look like **** now. Is it illegal for me to talk badly or actually tell the truth about the other company like they have illegal immigrants working for them and they are paying half their employees under the table and they are shorting the yard to make more of a profit? I am going to do this one way or the other I just dont want to land into court or jail for anything illegal.
     
  5. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    When I worked in the auto dealerships customers would follow me and my dad from dealer to dealer.

    Hair cutters alaways take their customers with them whever they go.

    The question is are they "your" customers or will they be loyal to the businees you worked for?
     
  6. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Why do you need to go their about those other things? Do you have proof of these practices? If your set on talking with your ex employer's customers about coming to your company just focus on the things that matter to those customers: the condition of their property and what you can do to make it better.
     
  7. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Its not illegal to talk bad about your xemployer but he may sue you over it, Id just walk lightly and pick up what businees you are able too and forget about him
     
  8. goinggreen123

    goinggreen123 LawnSite Member
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    well said greg! good advice.
     
  9. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thank you.

    I dislike the fact that this forum gives such little time to edit a post. Sometimes I type so fast that my fingers and brain aren't on the same thought.
     
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    As the man in charge you were part of it all, which makes you just as guilty in the eyes of many. It's as much a legal issue as a moral one. If you feel ok with stealing, go for it. But I'd be really carefull about slandering your former employer. There not only could be legal implications, but it could make you look bad as well in the eyes of customers for being a part of it. Did you report the illegal activities when you were under employment there?
     

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