I hate stupid people

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Precision, Jul 3, 2005.

  1. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    Not once, not twice, not even three times yesterday the phone rang (Saturday 02 July) but NINE times for someone looking to get a one time cut that day.

    I mean come on. Did you not realize that your grass was growing in the daily hour plus rain we have had for the last 2 weeks? Did you forget it was the 4th of July weekend? Do you really think I want to ruin my ONLY long weekend this summer so you can have a decent looking lawn for one weekend this year?

    Four of these geniuses got indignant when I told them my guys had the weekend off. With one belligerent guy I offered to mow his 1/4 acre for him if he paid DOUBLE the normal one time price of $45. He said he thought it should only cost $20. I was having this conversation at 6:45 PM.

    Thankfully he was the last moron to call and so far the phone has been quiet this morning.
  2. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    hey dude that sounds like good extra money to me. I'd be cutting those $20 lawns for 60 bucks. I wish stupid desperate people called me this weekend. My $65 lawns would turn into $200./
  3. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    It's so dry here I would gladly do one time cuts. But last year is rained so much that it was hard to keep up so I know what you mean!
  4. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    I only got three calls like that this weekend. I cant beleive people are that dumb and think you will drop everything for a one time cut, and want it done for nothing.
  5. jtrice11

    jtrice11 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    Leave a message on your business line that you are off for the 4th of July weekend and DON'T answer the phone, problem solved.

    BNC SERVICES LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    Its so dry here i have not cut my yard in three weeks........
  7. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,128

    I tell everyone that calls like that that my day to day minimum for a one time cut is $50 but on holiday weekends such as the 4th of July, one time cuts start at $80 no matter what the size. Thats what I'm doing this year. I think next year I am actually going to advertise one time cuts for people wanting their lawn nice for the 4th of July and work on the Saturday before and just charge a fiar price. I am hoping this will end up making me an extra couple grand.
  8. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,850

    I guess our company does it. Not bad mouthing anyone - but I see that one time cut as a way for good-word of month, extra work, maybe lead into more since we were there for them. Most don't call on a Saturday afternoon either. Alot of one timers, wed - thursday asking to be put on our list to do. So a little extra money for me, guys have a few extra hours customer is happy - makes for an enjoyable weekend! Have a great 4th!

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    I agree with ya Precision, you have to draw the line somewhere and take a little time for yourself.

    I always get the calls, the day before Thanksgiving, customers needed that "last second" leaf removal before the entire family shows up. They always wait til 2 or 3 in the afternoon to call...LOL
  10. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    you want it "WHEN" :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

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