A few months ago, I was working for another LCO. It was our off week from mowing, (winter) so most of the guys were out on trim jobs, but I was the most mechanically gifted and got to stay at the shop changing oil, sharpening blades and the like. Around 10:00 the boss calls me and asks if I have finished changing the oil on the pick up? Yep. Then, did you fix the flat on the spare trailer? Yep Good, I need you to drive up to the Applebees and give my friend (another LCO owner) a hand. Bring the trailer, too. Just being a pee on I load up and head out. Well lets just say I learned a heaping helping of what never to do if you want to stay in business. The short side of a long story. Dumbbutt LCO owner was having problems with his trailer coming off the hitch, the day before. One of his employees told him about it and says, we can get by for the rest of the week if we buy and install a 1 7/8 inch ball(moving up from 1 3/4). Genius LCO owner says I am the boss we fix it my way and walks away. Next day employee comes in and says, boss you need me to install the new hitch ball. Boss says no, grab your dirty old shirt from yesterday and drape it over the ball. that will be fine for today. Employee says, come on boss. Boss, who pays your check. They do one property and when they get to the second property the hitch pops off as they stop. Employee calls boss. Just double up the shirt, it will be fine. On the way to the next property, (at 30mph) the trailer comes off the hitch. Of course no safety chains, of course no deadman on the trailer brakes, probably cause it has no trailer brakes. The trailer pops off and continues thru the intersection for 150' then starts to make a hard right turn directly into the Applebee's parking lot. The right front tire clips the curb and sends the trailer heading towards the opposite curb and parallel to traffic. The brand new Jaguar that was following the trailer safely dodges into the other lane and misses the trailer. The trailer pitches up then down and the hitch hits the curb and deflects back into traffic on two wheels. The Great Dane 52" stander goes airborne does a complete flip and lands on its tires directly in front of a Volvo S-40 that is panic braking to avoid the Jaguar. The Volvo kisses the mower and sends it into oncoming traffic, where a pickup's rear bumper clips the mower sending it to its side and back over to the trailer. While all this is going on 5 stick tools are raining down onto the street. All but one get run over at least once. The one that didn't get run over is sticking out of the Volvo's windshield. The Jaguar that managed to avoid ramming the trailer catches a baby sledge into the rear window. I didn't get to see the fireworks, but 20 minutes after the Volvo and Jaguar are still there and the Highway patrol is still writing tickets. he takes a break and checks out the trailer I have. Gives me a warning for my boss about no brakes, but lets me go. We load up the slightly lopsided Great Dane and I take the mower and the crew to their shop. The owner stays to keep signing tickets.