Little over a month and a half ago one of my competitors in town, the big guys that do everything, irrigation, landscape, mowing, plowing, etc., drove up to an intersection next to a resturant I was mowing. Here's the deal, I'm just starting out in this business and we all have to start out somewhere right? Well I'm using a John Deere rider and yes I know it's not "commercial" but you have to do what you can to get started. Anyway, the driver of the competitor truck puts his hand to his mouth and laughs as he points directly at me. Then they both act as if they are laughing at me histarically. I'm thinking, "a-holes", but I bit my lip and didn't say or do anything back. I was pissed but also felt a bit down about it because it made me feel like a pee-on. It bothered me for a couple days but I pressed on and forgot about it. Well yesterday, I was at the bank depositing some checks and as I drove away from the bank the same guys that "mocked" me were mowing, well, trying to mow a Target store next to the bank. They had a breakdown with their Dixie Chopper and both were hovering over it trying to figure out what's wrong. Well I felt like honking at them then pointing and laughing. BUT, what did I do, I stopped and walked over to them and asked them if they needed a hand or if there was anything I could do. They said "no, we'll call the shop and they can bring us another mower and help us get this piece of crap back on the trailer". I said, well I see you're almost done (they had about 2 swipes left) I'll pull my Z off the trailer and finish for you. I had just picked up my first commercial Z three weeks ago, so I tell them to load their Dixie and I'll finish their job. Took me less then 5 minutes, in fact I was loaded back up and strapped down before they were. They said "Thanks" and as we started walking towards our trucks I stopped, turned around and said, "if you guys need another mower I have that John Deere backup in my shop, let me know." I chuckled as I drove away, but still thinking "a-holes". Well that night I get a call from one of the owners of that company thanking me for I did. And the guys apparently had told him about the WHOLE deal, even the little escapade at the resturant because the owner apologized for that incident. I probably should have just honked, pointed and laughed but for whatever reason I didn't. Oh well, I think I still got em' back.