Customer thinks we scratched her car

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by spitfire3416, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. spitfire3416

    spitfire3416 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    A customer of mine just called and left a voicemail saying she thinks one of my employees scratched her car because “it’s in a weird spot and that we cut her lawn on Tuesday and she noticed it on Friday.” She also goes on to say that she wishes I would have told her. Huh? First of all I don’t even know how her reasoning as to why she thinks we scratched her car makes any sense and also thinks that I knew this happened. What do you say to customer in this situation?
  2. Andrew H

    Andrew H LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,943

    I would follow up with the employee, along with the time that it happened.

    And then follow up with the customer,
    Be sure to take some pictures and measurements in case you do submit it to insurance.

    And then make your determination you may lose a client, but that’s usually better than losing an employee.
  3. Charles

    Charles Moderator, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 11,810

    Dump her. No telling who scratched her auto. She should not be accusing your company did it with no evidence.
  4. weeze

    weeze Banned
    Messages: 17,196

    Hold on there EL Paso! go on and fetch me my legs. if you really love this girl as much as you say you do...just tell her good bye and good luck.

    -the big dig
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  5. OP

    spitfire3416 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    It really does blow my mind. Only problem is that I have 4 other houses all right next to her and so I don’t want to be argumentative with her and potentially lose the other neighbors over it. That seems to always happen whenever I have a problem customer that I drop, the neighbor follows shortly after.
  6. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S.E. New England
    Messages: 19,616

    If she's reasonable I would meet with her
    Maybe someone doored her or a shopping carriage?
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  7. zlandman

    zlandman LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 887

    Just be very responsive and kind in responding in person. Is the allegation a mower scratched it? Take the mower that is used with you to compare. Or if it was allegedly a blower or something take that. Compare and take pictures.
    Talk a little about what's going on around the community, town events, etc.
    Then kindly explain why it wasn't your crew and you're sorry to see her car has a scratch from "something ".
    And just leave it at that, get out of there before she says anything else.
  8. wjjones

    wjjones LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 568

    Excellent advice.
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  9. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,730

    Can’t be a doormat just because you work for the neighbors. They probably know she’s an idiot more than you.
  10. hal

    hal LawnSite Silver Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 2,115

    We had a guy say we killed his grass with our trailer gate, I asked him where, show me. Well that was a couple of weeks ago it's ok now. Ya right, idiot.

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