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Customer outside watching everything you do

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by williams lcm, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,797

    I have a few middle eastern old guys that do this too. It's just what they do.
  2. Turf Tracer

    Turf Tracer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,588

    If you are running a Walk mower, you can actually stand behind the mower pretending to tighten a gas cap or fix a wire and relieve yourself while an unsuspecting customer stands watching from their porch or window.

    Walk mowers provide adequate cover for such tasks and due to the nature of their operation, are more discreet than Standers or ZTR’s for such an endeavour.
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  3. hal

    hal LawnSite Fanatic
    from Georgia
    Messages: 5,805

    They don't work well for pooping though.
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  4. Doc8406

    Doc8406 LawnSite Fanatic
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  5. Greencuts518

    Greencuts518 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,664

    Some have their properties rigged with cameras inside and out. Literally watching every move of contractors while at work. If i see the camera at front door , I double my price
  6. Trees Too

    Trees Too LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,497

    Get use to it. We now live in that Big Brother society of motion detectors and video cameras. :dizzy:

    Look at how many of your customers have those RING doorbells with the built in camera and audio!

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  7. zlandman

    zlandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,205

    Was just thinking about this. Had my truck repaired (rear main seal) and would love to have been in the garage watching the guy just because I enjoy mechanic work. I'm sure the mechanic would not have been amused about me watching.

    Similarly some barbers let you face the mirror others spin you away from the mirror.

    I hate the ring doorbell by the way, it's an invasion of my privacy at the customers house. ;)
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  8. Matthews Lawn Care

    Matthews Lawn Care LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,240

    Right? Just creeps me out when they pull in from wherever they were at and start the conversation off with “I knew you were here cuz my doorbell alerted me”.

    Yeah, well you were supposed to be here too since we agreed to meet 15 mins ago to look at your flower beds and discuss what you wanted to do.
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  9. Trees Too

    Trees Too LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,497

    Had a customer specifically NOT to press his "Ring" doorbell whenever I got there because it was annoying to him.

    (His wife had the RING doorbell installed because she wanted one!)
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  10. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
    from Chicago
    Messages: 8,266

    Wow. I'm surprised by some of these answers. What are you all hiding?

    Privacy concerns let's get real what privacy can you hold standing on the lawn of someone else's properties.

    As far as the client standing and watching as long as they are not in the way or in danger of getting hurt what does it matter? Is your trimming techniques super secret that must be protected or is the way you start your mower confidential information?

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