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customer makes changes on her bill

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, Jun 6, 2004.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    ever have them cross out the total, re do the math, and send in a check for less? man was i p!ssed today. i sent bill out on the 15th, one was for 4 cuts. she crosses one off, and writes, "you weren't here on that day," and sends a check for 3 cuts. gone, see ya. another one just doesn't send a check at all. i called. she says, "well, i didn't understand the bill." i'm like, scuse me....this doesnt mean you just skip paying it. it's 5 days late. u need to call and ask if there is something u don't understand. who the heck do these people think they are? ever have this happen? they are both off my schedule asap. maybe i'll extend the same respect they did, and i'll notify them of cancallation, in like 3 weeks when the lawn is up to thier knees.
  2. MikeLT1Z28

    MikeLT1Z28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,732

    yep, in regards to the one who said you weren't there, i call that a Silvestri.
  3. Firstclasslawn

    Firstclasslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 341

    LoL how funny, Man I wish I could afford to just throw accounts away like you do
  4. Ax Man

    Ax Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    Gee Bobby you sure do get some beautiful customers!

    I get the occasional whiner, and have been stiffed by 2 in 17 years.
    1 died, no $.
    The other refuses to pay finance charges after he took 4 months to pay a bill ( I dropped him when he was late 2 months, he did end up paying for the services I performed)

    I guess you are better off with out them
  5. Acute Cut

    Acute Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 980

    Like i have been saying all along, a flat rate per month is SOOOOOO much easier. Then you can or cannot be there and it dont matter. I would let customers go if they questioned my integrety and i knew i was RIGHT. Bobby may not be able to do this i understand. I think i would look at the very much continual issues you are having bobby and re-evaluate the situation here bud. Either your billing is confusing, your scheduling is confusing, or you need to let your wife run the PR and books and you need to just mow and GO before getting a chance to speak to a soul. JMO though.
  6. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    When they start telling you that you weren't there for a certain cut, when you know you were, it's time for them to go.
  7. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,109

    Disagree, if you tell them the exact time you were there [to the minute] because you logged at your arrival and departure it usually ends the discussion and you get paid.
  8. zmak

    zmak LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    Drop asap. how many customer didn't have a problem reading or understanding your bill. After you miss her for the second week and she sees how much growth there is she will know what a mistake she has made.
    good luck
  9. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    I have a customer that pays $70 a month, and about a year ago she paid $68.75 for no apparent reason with no explanation. To this day she pays the correct amount on time. I have no idea why she didnt pay th $1.25 that one month.
  10. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    my record keeping is flawless. my policy is that on our log sheet, no one is documented as "complete" until after the work is done and i'm back in the truck. if i get a bill, and there is something i'm unsure about, i call to discuss it. i wouldn't dare just alter the bill and send in a lower payment. gone, goodbye, adios, see ya. and i won't even have the courtesy to inform her that i quit. accute cut, my bills ARE very complicated. it's like this: 5-7 cut, $30. 5-14 cut-$30. 5-21 cut $30. 5-28 cut $30. $120 plus tax =$127.20. payment due date 6-1. very complicated

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