A good buddy of mine from high school who I use to party with back in the day who threw me some business this spring gave me a call about an hour ago. Another guy we went to school with started up about 4 years ago and got going pretty good. Well my buddy found that he had a couple commercial accounts cancel out on him out of the blue this summer. He didnt really think much of it because he was truly cutting back on his mowing aspect and just focusing on landscaping and landscaping material sales to the public. Anywho, he gets a call from one of his commercials accounts, all he has his mowing crew do is commercial accounts, has 58 of them. They call up and say they got an estimate from a guy we know and he is $100 cheaper per week. He said the guy showed up right after his guys had left! So my friend takes note of this and has his guys watching for this guy while they are out the next couple of days. Yesterday, about a week after getting the heads up, they see the guy circling the area. So when they finish up and leave, they circle the area and find the guy pulling into the lot. They watch him survey the property and decide to go for it. They stop, get out, ask tell the little SOB they know his little scam on other LCOs, popping in with a cheap estimate after seeing another LCO leave. I mean, apparently they scared the living hell out of this guy. He was backpedalling and what not and really had nothing to say for himself. So my buddy was just giving me a heads up to be on the lookout for this guy while Im out and about in case he is scoping me and my weekly properties. My buddy thinks he has probably been doing this for a while because he noticed his accounts getting smaller and smaller over the years and some dropping service mid-year and it pretty much started right around the time this guy came into business. I've heard of the guy passing out flyers and of course your customers getting one or putting them up while you are even there on site doing your job, but scoping LCOs while they are working and then going in and making a lowballing bid to steal an account away seems bush to me, real bush.