meh, I did read your post. Saying you have compassion and actually having compassion are two different things. When I have compassion for someone, I don't follow that compassion with derogatory comments about a sob story and how thick she was laying on the whoa is me attitude.....that's like having compassion for a homeless guy by giving him a couple bucks but saying he's probably a lazy piece of crap as you walk off with your friends. I've had people say they can't afford me and I apologize that I can't help.....i felt bad saying no, but I didn't get online and talk about how they could do it themselves and it was just a sob story. Had a single mom ask me for a quote, I was too high....she had a 17ish year old boy....and a mower in the garage. I didn't badmouth her....I don't know the situation, maybe a lazy kid....maybe a star athlete or a smart kid working after school and on weekends to make ends meet. I would be happy to help her out if I lived in the area. I've stopped and helped elderly people when it's unGodly hot out and their trudging along. One of the perks in owning your own business is lending a helping hand to others. Especially if she's a neighbor and your mom knows her...."I'm sorry Mrs McGillicutty, I can't help, but have you thought of having your grandkids help out...I noticed the rider and it would be much cheaper to have them do it." She probably doesn't want to bother the family with her problems...lots of old people are like this....don't want the family to worry too much about them, especially when they're on their own at that age. You don't have compassion if you're badmouthing the person....either go with the badmouthing and stick to your guns about them being a cheapskate or actually have compassion, badmouthing someone is actually the opposite of compassion. Heck, you can take the $20 for 4 minutes of deck scraping from the other lawn and apply it to this lawn, and you'd still be ahead.