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How do you guys deal with day sleepers when you service a apartment complex? I had a woman come out and ask me if we could park somewhere else and not use our machines around her unit as she's a day sleeper. It's a tight group of twenty duplex's and frankly we can only park where we do, as there is no other place to turn around a Chevy 4 door with a 22 ft trailer. Would/should you go to the trouble to change your route to accomodate one person like this? Sure it would be easy to go there in the morning as apposed to the afternoon but would you/ should you? It's not a high end place by any means, just a mow and go, any comments?
 

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what exactly is her time? If you are off by only 2 hours then accomodate for her, but if you can't then just be honest and tell her that due to routing schedule and the specific times of service availability this is the only time that you can service the complex area
 

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Olylawnboy,

I work nights myself. The way I handle "Day Sleepers" is, when I get up of a day, everybody needs to be up! Give 'em Heck and run those blade tip speeds full out. Just get the job done as quick as possible. Believe me you can out run your "Day Sleepers" in their slippers with a ZTR. Good luck!:p
 

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You are working for the managers of the complex - and they dictate the day, time, etc. that you come. If you let one tenant change your schedule - you'll go nuts trying to be all things to all people.
 

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If you wake them they can use it as an excuse to take a pee and then go back to bed. Don't change your route for one person in an apartmane complex.
 

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Maybe ask and see what time she is awake in the day and maybe mow about that time or close to the time she gets up. But if it upsets your schedule too much i would just continue to mow.I have an account that has a 3rd shift worker, she wakes up about 1pm in the day so thats about time i get there
 

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You have a job to do and her needs don't concern you. I would tell her that I have an obligation to fulfill and this is the time its going to be done everytime I visit! She'll have to get over it one way or another!
 

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Last year I was doing a fall clean up mowing with bagger stop, start you know. Into it about 1/2 hr, looked around damn apples all over the middle of the yard ,she has no apple tree.Then another one falls and another. Looking around the lady(maybe 22) across the street is throwing them at me she is in her house coat yelling, giving me (the bird) pointing at her watch it's 8 am. I stop mower an take earmuffs off she says she works nights an that i better stop NOW! also says that shes sick of me mowing in the morning thru out the year ;) I said sorry but had to finish she is HOT an I do mean HOT! Started working again here comes the apples. Well the property owner see this calls the cops. Cops show up shes throwing apples at the police then runs into the house locks the door. They never did get her that day, talking to police she tells me that they are there several times a week. Hey i thought it was so funny.
 

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Originally posted by jwingfield2k
Give them a set of your ear plugs.
I agree. My wife sleeps during the day. Specifically monday is the one that I bother her since that is the day I do all of my maintenance. Unfortunately our garage is next to our window so she hears everything. Few conversations have been had on this subject of her sleeping days and the noise wakes her.

SIMPLE fix. I went to the truck and handed her a pair of ear plugs and now a freekin tanking going through the house doesn't wake her.

The lady at the complex might not like it, or possibly take offense to it but I would definitely not change my route to accommodate for one person. If the manager asked us to change because of this one person I would quote an additional fee for scheduling.
 

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Who cares? I wouldn't change for her. Noise happens during the day. It's not like your mowing in the night or something
 

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It's unfortunate, but it's just factor of "apartment life". It could have been "Mrs. Cransdale" above in 4B that runs her exercise machine everyday at that time.
 

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I only have one client that dictates time of cut. Never before noon, because she is a nude dancer who works nights. I accommodate her.:eek: :D :eek:
 

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You're running a business, you can't accomodate everyone. I used to be a day sleeper when I worked for "the man" and I'm here to tell ya that nobody gave a rats arse if i was sleeping. But any ways its only 1 day a week for a couple hours, they have to deal with it or move out. By the way, I mow several apartment buildings and if a tenant has a problem with me, I just tell them to talk to the manager. The owner signs my check not the tenant.
 

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I almost never accomodate day sleepers. I am sorry. But they CHOSE that lifestyle, job, whatever it is that makes them need to sleep during the day. That doesn't mean the rest of society needs to change to fit their odd schedule. If I were a day sleeper I'd expect to have some problems like this and I wouldn't ***** about it. Comes with the territory.

I just politely say we have a schedule to keep and unfortunately we can't change it for them.
 

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You can please some of the people all the time, all of the people some of the time, but when you mow, it's your time!

Chris
 
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