The funny things clients do when your are there.

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by txgrassguy, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
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    I had a good one yesterday.
    Applying several different modes of action herbicide plus an insecticide to a high end ($1million+) condo association.
    The POA president comes out and tries talking to me.
    I am wearing a suit, respirator and boots and this idiot wants to stand with-in 25' of me and talk.
    I didn't even know the guy was there until he started coughing.
    To this day I am continually amazed at how stupid people are:dizzy:
  2. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Maybe he wanted to help you while you stayed in the truck to keep cool.:laugh:
  3. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,852

    We often see neighbors (usually retired) pull out their mowers as soon as we pull up and treat their neighbors' lawns. It's comical. I guess it's human nature, cuz when I get old, I will be doing the same thing? lol
  4. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
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    I was spraying my Grandmas several weeks ago (think she is like 78 or so), and here I am out in her front lawn spraying. I see her walk out the front door in her gown and bare feet. I was looking at her as she walked out and she just proceeded to start to walk out into the lawn where I had just sprayed!
    I hollar at here and say "Grandma, what are you doing?" and she said, "Oh I just wanted to pick up the sticks in the yard." Remember she is in her bare feet and I am spraying. So I told her to go back in the house and that I would remove the sticks! Before I left....I told her to stay in the house and not go out in the lawn for the rest of the day, because I knew she would get back out into the lawn. Gotta love the old people espcially Grandma! People just don't think I guess...but atleast my Grandma has an excuse.
  5. PHS

    PHS LawnSite Senior Member
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    You have no idea how crazy people can be. I worked for a number of years spraying trees in and around the San Francisco bay area. Spraying a lawn is one thing, shooting a plume 80' into the air is quite another :). After being harrassed by enough people I decided that they either just want to watch what you are doing or getting in your way is a passive aggressive way for them to tell you they don't like what you are doing.

    The worst incident I was involved in, I used to spray a long row of 50' Sycamores with oil for scale. The 1st year we did 3 treatments before, during, after budbreak. It was on a little back country road, zero traffic at 5:30am. With the big bright colored truck and a few cones out I was spraying and a cyclist "buzzed me", almost hit when he went by and looked back glaring at me from down the street. Thinking my site wasn't defined enough, the next visit I put out more cones. Same thing happened again with the same guy. WTF?

    Third visit I had millions of cones out, no way he didn't understand. He rode right through into my area and caught me by surprise. I saw something in the corner of my eye and I swung around and he hit the 3/4" hose and crashed!! I immediately went to help him and he jumped up. I could see he was horribly embarassed but was yelling at me about how I was pretty much single handedly destroying the enviornment.

    I listened to him for a minute, while I was figuring out how to diffuse the situation I walked away from him back to the truck and got my "accident camera" to photograph the site. He couldn't believe what I was doing and when he asked I told him I was collecting evidence. At that point he started simmering down I think realizing what he had done.

    I was freaked out, not knowing what this loose cannon was going to try and sue us for. But I never heard from him again. One of the photos was a gem, you could see the truck blocking the area from traffic, all of the cones lined out, him yelling at me, and his bike wrecked right in middle of the area :) .

    I did see him again the following year, hitting the brakes way at the end of the street and taking the close to a mile detour around the area :). Sorry for the long post but as applicators sometimes weird things can happen.
  6. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,852

    Yesterday, I was spot spraying crabgrass & nutsedge. Next door neighbor comes out and asks if I'm the pest exterminator...I said no, I'm spot spraying weeds. He said, okay - just curious. Then his kids came out the front door, also letting their two dogs out. Guess where the dogs ended up? Yep...they were lickin' the grass that I just sprayed. Curious neighbors for sure, cuz they were still trying to round up the dogs even after I left -- husband, wife, and 3 kids >> HEY, at least it was a family event...LOL
  7. ampeg76

    ampeg76 LawnSite Senior Member
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    the mundane bland life of the cookie cutter burbs, they come out in flocks to break the monotony:)
  8. turfsolutions

    turfsolutions LawnSite Senior Member
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    Why can't they just wait until your done to come out and talk to you. :hammerhead: :hammerhead: :hammerhead:
  9. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    Use to have this old couple for spraying and I'd knock on the door to tell them I'm here to spray the lawn,but nobody would answer the door. I knew they were home because when I would be spraying you see the curtains move over and they would watch. When I finished all of the sudden they come out and said they didn't hear me knock. that went on for 6 years.:hammerhead:
  10. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 795

    My new answer to people who ask (after they just walked on a lawn that I sprayed and have flagged) is it safe to walk on the lawn: are you planning on having anymore children?

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