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Customer owes me $88.00 is it worth the hassle

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by NNJLandman, Dec 6, 2006.

  1. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    Exactly. for $88 its easier to just write it off as bad debt.
  2. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    How about tossing a brick threw there new window
  3. guven

    guven LawnSite Member
    Messages: 205

    Today , I just did a fall clean up job, It took 4 hours, the home owner called me 2 weeks ago and told me clean my yard , I said him I will do it after thanksgiving , he said ok, I cleaned his yard last year and charced him $200 anyway today I finisned the job there was no one in the home , I was leaving the home owner come , he was nice he said to me how are you? balabala balala... then he told me I did not call you, I said you called me two weeks ago , he said I think my sister in law called you , I said him ok forget the money I missed understand , leave , I dropped $200 on the table , I do not want to fight and try to get the money , what should I do
    nothing, if I insist, I guess he will pay me but I did not say any thing just leave. bye the way I did great job
  4. David C.

    David C. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    Sister in law, huh???

    Mercy!!! What's her phone #?? ---- get her on the "telly" right now!!!!
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Once enough of them stiffed me while feeding me some good old baloney story (and some sound right good), I got real tired of it. In the past 5 years I done heard every last story, and the ones I haven't heard are spin-offs.

    Way I see things, so long they're paying for ANY kind of luxury (such as cable TV), then they can pay me, too.
    If we had an agreement and I've honored my end of the bargain, now is the time for them to honor their end.

    I got to where I don't care if they just wrecked their car and I can see the smashed automobile sitting in the driveway, because it is no more my problem than it is the Cable Co's problem, so I need to get paid.

    But we all make mistakes and sometimes get caught, right?
    Yup, guilty.

    It's one thing if I really made a mistake, but it's quite another when it's more to the effect of having accidentally left myself wide open, and they just step right in and help themselves, that is dishonest and wrong!

    While this is a great example of true honesty, I do well to remember the lesson so that the next time a customer leaves their back door wide open, I do NOT take advantage of them!
    This is true honesty, looking out for someone when they've left themselves wide open.
    Because what goes around...

    So once somebody gets slick with me like that, it's almost always over.
    Unfortunately I find most folks won't hesitate, the 9 out of 10 rule applies...
    But a few won't do it, ever...
    Those are my kind of customers.
  6. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Sorry (Lawyers) Mr Perfect. I was on the phone(head set) when i typed it.
  7. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,785

    hahahahaha, I really did think you meant cement or brick, lol No you got the wrong guy I am faaaaaaaaaaar (far) from perfect. I wasn't correcting you I promise. I feel dumb for thinking it was cement/brick. hahahaha
  8. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    all clients under contract.

    All contracts for continuing service require paid in advance status with a 7 day grace on late fee and 14 day grace on suspension.

    Any side jobs, sod work, clean ups, whatever get a signed contract and a 40% deposit prior to reserving a spot in the schedule.

    Renters pay in advance and have a 0 day grace on suspension.

    Even credit card payments aren't perfect I have a former client trying to dispute the charges a month after she moved out claiming she didn't authorize me to cut her grass the last 4 times. We will see how scumby the CC company is.
  9. jbell113

    jbell113 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    OK here is what you do and I know this from experience. Call the home owner (the guy she rented it from) and tell him what is going on. Then tell him you are going to put a lein on the house. He will more than likely pay you out of her security deposit and if he has already given it to her he will track her down to get it back. The lein thing always works for me. The prop.owner does not want a lein on his house.
  10. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    I don't belive you can put a lien on a property in which the property or an authorized agent for the owner did not authorize the work.....Thats they way I understood it in FLA, but it may have change or be different in yoru state....If you do put a lein on a property for work that was not authorized by the owner, then YOU are the one who will be in deep doo....

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