I was at a customers house today cutting back monkey grass and cleaning out beds, when a guy (never seen him before) two houses down got my attention. He was doing a leaf removal job. Now keep in mind I've been in this neighborhood for about 5 years. $200,000-300,000 homes. I have 9 houses here and have come into contact with a lot of the other lco's, most of whom are legit and keep prices where they need to be. Now the guy (not the homeowner) did not have a truck or trailer. I'm assuming it was his car parked at the back of the driveway. He was using a backpack blower, rake, and a tarp. This guy calls over to me and asked me if he could BORROW MY MOWER so he could blow all the leaves in this yard into a pile. This question kind of caught me off guard, but I told him my mower wouldn't blow leaves anywhere because I had the mulch kit on. This guy didn't have a clue as to what I was talking about, but he was acting very bothered by the fact that I wouldn't let him borrow my $8500 mower. He said "What did you say that thang does". I knew by now that this dude was a freaking idiot. I told him "It mulches leaves, it doesn't blow them" then turned my back and started working so he wouldn't talk to me anymore. About 15 minutes later he cranked up the homeowners mower and started going around in circles blowing leaves to the middle of the yard. I truly do not understand how a homeowner in this neighborhood could hire a guy that doesn't even have his own equipment, when there are several good lco's there every week. There's no telling what he was charging for that job, but I'm sure it wasn't enough.