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got screwed again being a subcontractor

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by GREEN-UP, Sep 15, 2009.


    GREEN-UP LawnSite Member
    from sw ohio
    Messages: 97

    The third year in a row I have done fert work for a large outfit in cincinnati/dayton area. We started the 4th round, and then all of a sudden they stopped. Come to find out they found an employee who could run a Z-spray and makes 8.00 hr start doing it.
    I was told I could finish all properties up north, no response to calls,emails not any answer. To make it better, they skip the 4th round and bill there commercial customers for the service, and people never know. Also, they pay my bill every 50 days, when I have 15 but let them slide till 30.
    Anyone else have similar experiences getting screwed like this.
  2. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,229

    Nope - cause I wouldn't put up with that nonsense if it couldn't be resolved mutually after a month or two. Fire those suckers.
  3. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,751

    Sounds like something the guys with Brown trucks and upside down maple leaves would pull.

    It happens...but if it is the same company 3 years in a row, then you are to blame.

    I dont do near the subcontract work that I used to because most contractors like to think of me as a bank that gives out free loans once the work is done.
  4. tlg

    tlg LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 651

    Sub work has it's pitfalls and unless you've'e got something in writing you don't have much recourse. However the billing for services never performed by you by the company that hired you IS a big deal. In fact they are committing mail fraud. A felony . We have had this experience. If you know the facts here to be true I would suggest you contact a postal inspector and cover your company from any involvement. Consult your attorney before you do anything more. Certainly do not do business with this company.
  5. garydale

    garydale LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    "Revenge is a dish best served cold."
    We have always got our money and/or revenge. Be patient.
  6. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    No I never had this issue....
  7. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    Yes sir it happens and it is going to get worse in certain markets. Cost cutting is going to get worse and some will resort to hiring out locals with the experiences and pay them to fall into a loophole.
    Am I led to believe that these past 3 seasons were done without a contract????
    Contractor's are what they are..................sometimes they are truthfull!! LOL!!
    Always watch your wallet..................you'll land on your feet!!
  8. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,199

    Tell them they pay up and do the customers or you are notifying the customers.
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  9. Harley-D

    Harley-D LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 508

    I agree. What's the difference between turning in another contractor for not being licensed for application, and turning in another contractor for charging for services not renderred? Let all the customers know that.
  10. Heidi J.

    Heidi J. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    I couldn't agree more..:laugh:

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