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keep your good friends close and your friends closer

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by General Grounds, Aug 1, 2002.

  1. General Grounds

    General Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    :blob2: i dont even know where to begin this one.

    well i currently rent my shop space which happens to be perfrect for my company. i store my equiptment i have all supplies on hand and can even dump there as well.

    recently the owner came to me and said that he would be selling the property because of his divorce settlement, i asked him to give me first crack at the property and he said absolutely no problem. told me as soon as the property was assesed he would come to me with the asking price of the property and we can get the ball rollin. great my own property to run my bus. well, a "friend" of mine catches wind that im purchasing the property and being in the same business the competive juices i quess started flowing. so i get a call on my cell tyhe other day and my "friend" was on the other side (was also a member of his wedding party) saying i hope you dont mind but i really need that property and im gonna go to the owner and offer him "x" amount more than you. i said you have absolutely have to be kidding me ive rented there for years and you knew what my intentions where. he states its not personal and it is a business decision, needless to say i told him to look the other way when he sees me and not to contact me ever again. i thought i'd share this w/ you all thought i had a friend in the business i quess i was wrong. i think it bothers him that our equiptment and trucks are very well cared for and his stuff has def. seen better days, im not sure what to think. all i have to say is what goes around comes around. oh, almost forgot spoke to the owner of the property and swore that i would be the first and only contact once the prop. is aval. keep your eyes open tony
  2. jsaunders

    jsaunders LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,781

    It takes time, but people who like you and who are REAL friends will stay by you and won't try to F u at the first chance they can. My friend borrowed 1 of my mowers last year to mow his grass-we talked about how business was good...... this year goes and buys his own equip. thats all right he can cut grass-but looks like ****. I would have told him how to make it look better....But what are "friends" for.
    Hope you get your property.
  3. Turf Technologies

    Turf Technologies LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 587

    No i believe it was sais "keep your freinds close , but your enemies closer."
  4. lawnkid

    lawnkid LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 935

    Sabotage his stuff if he gets it!:D j/k don't worry p[eople like that don't get too far in life.
  5. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Messages: 1,540


    Being that your "friend" has 'shown his hand' by telling you how much more he will offer the property owner for the site...is there any way that you could beat his offer by boosting your bid a bit more?

    I know that this sucks but maybe you can beat your "friend" at his own game by offering a bit more moolah.

    I do not blame you for being chapped at this development...but "money talks and...." well, you know the rest.

    Good luck, Tony. :)

    ADLAWNCUTTERS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 191

    don't be to upset. your so called friend stuck it to you..he did you a favor now you know what kind of person he is. i would wash my hands of him , i would wish him nothing but good wishes.mark my words in a few years it will come back to huant him.and you will prosper. i had stuff like this happen to me.i've been blessed many times over.
  7. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,198

    D.T.A. (Don't trust anyone)

    General Grounds,
    Perhaps a higher Power has better things in store for you than this property. Wish your "friend" good luck and move on. The only other possiblities I can think of are:
    1. Outbidding him
    2. Buying the property together with him. (I don't know how good that would be)
  8. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    my advice ,and u know what they say about advice.
    dont loose your friend . u just know him better now. grudges [and thats what this is] dont hurt anyone as bad as the one who is holding them.its poison to the quality of the person and can make u less a person,than u obviously are.
    you ll be able to handle what ever problem this causes u. the friend will be the big loser .
    now what ive said is much easier said than done. and if u dont understand what im talkin. just good luck to u.

    AVRECON LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    I would imagine that you have a pretty good repore with the building owner. Tell the building owner that you will match and beat your friends offer up to a point(to be decided by you of course). In the mean time, ask your building owner to tell your friend that you have bid $5000 more than he has. If your friend bites, let him buy the building. You may not of gotton that building, but you have some degree of revenge agains't your ole pal, about $5000 worth!:D

    AVRECON LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    I didn't think that the first one posted. Thats the reason for the double post, Dang it!:blob2:

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