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Just have to share this story...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jon99, Jul 30, 2005.

  1. Jon99

    Jon99 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    Have a mowing customer and this is the first year I have this $45 account and the first year they have had an LCO... As of July 1 I had still not recieved a payment, was owed $360 and was a little nervous about this being a deadbeat... Because of the dry weather, skipped it 3 weeks without mowing and during that time I called a few times with no call returned.. Showed up last week and had decided I wasn't going to mow it again until I recieved payment as they were now 30 days past due..

    I walk up to the door and I see an envelope with my name on it taped to the front door.. Inside was a signed BLANK check with the amount blank as well, with a note attached saying she didn't know how I wanted the check made out.. There was also a note asking me to make out the check for whatever I owed them as they wouldn't be back until Aug 13, the note was dated 6/28... So for a month she had a signed, blank check taped to her front door!!!!
     
  2. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    and you being a good and honest lco filled in the correct amount, you will have her for a customer forever.

    (very cool) but risky on her part..... paper boy takes it and..
     
  3. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    I had a customer like that. I didn't recieve a payment after several bills, no returned calls, nothing. So I stopped doing it. It got up to waist high. Now one day at school (teachers understand how I am in business) my mom calls and tells me she is going to be at the house later that day to give me the money! She lives in a condo in Manchester but keeps the house for some reason. So as soon as I got home I had to rush to do the job, before she came. Not surprisingly, she never showed. I did get a check though for $250 to cover some of it. The rest she still owes me. SUCKS!
     
  4. Mr. Magpie

    Mr. Magpie LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Goes without saying, but you gotta nail down the core aspects of the agreement when you contract with the customer! Maybe you did and in that case, that is a scary story..... how some people just do stuff like that without any warning.
     
  5. S man

    S man LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,562

    You must be really trusted. I want my customers to do that. Not really.
     
  6. green-go

    green-go LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    So now the question is, did you really 'skip' those 3 or 4 weeks??:laugh:
     
  7. yrdandgardenhandyman

    yrdandgardenhandyman LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 953


    Of course. He is an honest and honorable midwesterner. :)
     

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