Fired customer!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MLI, Jul 18, 2005.

  1. MLI

    MLI LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 464

    This guy has been one of my long term customers(10yrs). Lately he has become one royal pain in my butt(high touch). Couple weeks ago he flipped on one of my workers for showing up with the wrong color mulch. He wanted the BLACK stuff instead of real pine bark mulch. After my guys had already spread 1 yrd of it, the foreman calls me and informs me the customer is ticked off, and to expect a call. Few minutes later the call comes in....says he wants the black stuff instead of the brown stuff....I told him the BLACK stuff is recycled wood waste for one thing....second it will grey out in a few weeks! He didnt want to hear it....says to me.....JUST DO IT!( If I couldve reached into the phone I wouldve rung is neck!) SOOOO...we do it.....I give the customer what he wants....blah blah...blah...give him the benefit of the doubt and on with life. Next time I see this guy he plays it all off like no big deal.....calls it a misfortunite thinking your turning into a PITA!
    Well all boils down to last night.....920pm he calls(I have a wife and 2 babies sleeping) im thinking who in the heck would call at 920 on a Sunday night?!?!?!.....guess who? I picked the phone up and hung it up right away, hoping the phone didnt wake the kids up. I sat there thinking this guy is gonna get a phone call Monday. Soon as im thinking what to say on Monday...the phone now rings again...same jackazz...only now its 940pm......long story short....I let him have it! Asked if he knew what time it was, that this was Sunday...the whole speel. He says...I thought the answering machine would get it! YEAH after 4 rings!!! Freaking guys has all weekend to call me for work he wants, and decides Sunday night after 9pm is a good time to call.......told him time to find a new scaper! :angry:
  2. LCME

    LCME LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    i have had a few pitas here. tried to work things out with the customer. usually does not work out. now when ever i get a pita i just drop them. too much trouble. hold on to the good customers and let the pitas go. LCME
  3. Mike Fronczak

    Mike Fronczak LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    Why is he calling you on a home number? I work from a home office/ (shop is seperate barn on property,) but have a dedicated line run into office, worth it's weight in gold. My customers can feel free to call whenever, doesn't mean I will answer 95% of time machine gets it. Commercial can also call cel, but there again after hours I alway look at call ID & may or may not ans. depending on my mood, time of year (snow or landscape work), time of day/week. I wouldn't get rid of a good customer for that, one of his cuttings should of paid for a bus line for a month.
  4. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,280

    "RESPECT" is the word. This guy lacks or does not even know what respect meant that he called you at that time of night. He treated you just like another neighbor lawn boy who works for soda money. He deserved to be getting rid of. Yes, we are in lawn service and these people think of us as lowest bottom rank of society, I get all the time, but who cares, I never keep them long.
    Plenty of work lies ahead, keep it tight and good luck.
  5. leadarrows

    leadarrows LawnSite Senior Member
    from N/A
    Messages: 925

    You guys slay me. You can't fire clients. You can fire employees but clients don't work for you work for them. Yes sometimes there a pain but the only reason I ever would get rid of a client is on payment issues. Oh well to each his own.
  6. betterlawn

    betterlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 426

    So lets get this straight...

    You guys start installing mulch that apparently he didn't pick (not agreed to beforehand) and he gets upset, since HE is PAYING for the mulch and the labor to install it. He calls you and expects you to put down the mulch that HE (the customer) wants. :rolleyes:

    He then tries to call you at 9:00 on a weekend night on a number that he was obviously given. You hang up on him without saying anything, so he tries again later and you ream him out.

    Since when is 9:00 late anyway - especially from a paying customer?

    Boy, what a PITA.. :rolleyes:

    I think if I was your customer you wouldn't have to fire me, because I would fire you...

    What is up with some of you guys? You chose landscaping/yard maintenance. You are providing a service to your customers for a fee. THEY are PAYING you. You are NOT doing them a favor by gracing their lawn with your expertise.
  7. C&KLawnCare

    C&KLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    I do not understand them my self , Heck 9:00 at night i may still be greasing equipment or still out on a job on these hot humid days.

    I dont know i hear alot of em get in this buisness and ***** about what a customer wants . The customer is the boss , The customer keeps the bill collectors away , Piss em all off and your done . Some get in this buisness just so they can ride their ass all day
  8. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    if you accept the term "fired by a customer", then you are a mere peasant lawnboy, not a businessman. i am an independent contractor, i can not be FIRED, they may cancel service, but they cannot FIRE ME.
  9. lawnguyland

    lawnguyland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,108

    I fired a customer last night via email- he said he EXPECTED me to have a back-up lawn guy for him for my vacation week in August. He is the only one out of 75 customers. So I fired him. Who needs him? See ya. Today I got an email- 'please continue to work for me as I am going on vacation'. I said I would until they find a new guy when they get back (they are right next to 2 other customers so I tried/am trying not to piss him off). We'll see how good a job I do while they're gone. If I do! If I can't take a week off then how can they ask me to continue to mow for them while they are on vacation for 3 weeks. (I'm not at all worried about getting stiffed-I was nice about "firing" them- told them there would be no replacement for my vacation so they might as welll find anothert scaper).

    You can and should fire customers :angry:
  10. betterlawn

    betterlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 426

    I guess if you don't need the business - must be nice. You don't arrange for someone to cut your clients when you go on vacation? Good thing your not plowing snow... :dizzy:

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