Word around town is that we are going to lose customers, or not get bids because our crew is made up of Black men. Now, in the past David was always on most every site himself...but this year he has been not well for a few months and not doing a lot of the work he normally had. Actually, about 3 months he laid here in bed, not able to do much of anything. FORTUNATLY for us, we picked up one of the BEST employees that we've ever had. We've felt good about him, his work, and we've raised his pay higher than anyone in the past--save one other man 3 years ago....and he's SO much better an employee than that guy was! (We're afraid he'll wise up and advance to a better opportunity!) And he and our other employee are a great team. So, for 5 months we've had no worries, no complaints, no mishaps, etc. Yet, some people have started to tell David that because these guys are black he's going to lose customers and not get new bids. This bothers us. David has every intention of keeping this crew going through next spring and running a second specialty (spraying, trimming, etc.) truck by himself next season. But, he dosn't know how to react to these people without being blunt and telling them that their idiots. He's probably lucky these people aren't telling me these things directly, because I wouldn't be polite. David is more diplomatic. But, what do we do? What would you do? This is the first time in 7 1/2 years this has ever came up, and quite frankly, I'm shocked.