I picked up a new lawn end of last season... homeowner complained up and down about the 'former' LCO. Homeowner also pushed the neighbor on to me as well, but I never followed up. The community is high end... $600+ half acre properties. The 'former' has a ton of properties in there, 62 to be exact. (Rumors were flying last year that NO one is happy with his work... but he's cheap and never works anywhere else, only this community 6 days a week) he drives a beat up old dodge that he painted himself, cuts with a Home Depot resi. z-turn. All HD handhelds... but whatever. Today I visit the customer for the first time this season, standing along the sidewalk, going over the 'clean up' and here comes the 'former'... pulls up in front of the house.... Me, my employee and homeowner stand there as the former starts rantin' and ravin' bout' how he "Quit" working at this particular house and wasn't fired. The irrigation was NOT his responsibility, the homeowner was a whiner, "Stop slandering my name!!!" and "You'll be gettin' a certified letter from me" drives off..... WTF?????? Shrug my shoulders, back to work....an hour later, he sends the lunch truck in the community around to my property and they deliver me two bottles of water, courtesy of him. 2 hours later.... I receive 4 'private' missed phonecalls... finally I answer it... it's dude... the former. He starts up again, about my new customer.... "Good luck with him, he's bad pay...." He pays me... "He whines all the time...." 80% of all customers do.... "He's never happy...." 75% of all customers never are.... "He talks Shi* about me all the time...." Not my problem.... Then he does on and on about how he picked up 3 new customers in this community since we left.....in an hour. Ok, good for you, business is good for you I see. "I got 62 properties in this community, customers think I live here..." hmmmm.... "I have two crews in here working full time...." Where? you're always by yourself... "I have so much work in here that I have to sub work out... what kind of $$$ do you get per hour if I hire you to work for me???" Dude....I got enough work.... "Ya know I own this community, I even pushed XXX LCO outta this community, I'm trying to put them outta business..." Really.... Ok, I gotta go bro... I'm on my lunch break.... click Now, I've seen XXX LCO out and about, and have nothing but the utmost respect for them.... fair pricing $40-$50 cuts, family run, nice work.... hard workers... and I don't even know them... so that pissed me off to no end.... not to mention that his @ss called me. The story actually got worse when the neighbor of my new customer came out to talk to me about the 'former'.... Anyway, I'm venting... and thought it was comical... but strange. Now I'm gonna go flood "HIS" community with $20.00 lawn care flyers.