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lawyers are the worest and cheapest customers.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wobblez, Jul 22, 2003.

  1. wobblez

    wobblez LawnSite Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 38

    ok.. I am going to RANT for a little
    I think lawyers are some of the worest customers

    let me start from the begining.
    I get a call from a lawyer wanting to get his yard done on a reg. account. so i go out and talk with him. he tells me he has contract with trugreen and pays them alot of money to keep it green (should have been the first red flag hitting me in the face). so i tell him it needs to be cut once a week. his reply "no I pay alot to truegreen allready and only want it cut ever 2 week(next red flag should have it me into the truck to run but I must have had a brainfart) so i say ok and add a little extra for the once ever 2 week cut. he said ok.
    first cut no problem and paid.
    2 and 3rd cut billed day before number 4 cut he calls and said do not cut that on the last two cuts we scalped it I say ok i will meet him out there the next a at 6 pm and take a look at it. he said great. the next day me there from 6 to 7 and no customer i leave letter on door saying will come back the next day to meet him if he can not make it to call me, no call, next day i am out there again no customer and again letter in mail box asking to call me, while out there i look at what he is talking about and it is not scalping but he has fungus due to all the rain we have been getting. after 2 weeks with no call from him and now late on unpaid invoice i call him. I started to tell him what the problem was, now i cut his yard at 2 1/2in he tells me i am cutting it to short and the problem is with me cutting it to short and i again tell him he needs it cut weekly he tells me he know lawns and no i am not doing it right. at that point i tell him i can no longer cut for him when can i get my check, he said i am not happy with you work so i do not have to pay you. i told him if you were not happy with the job you should have called the day after the first cut not wait a month to call. so now i have no ideal if i will ever see that money.
    I do not like lawyers very much.

    thank you for letting me RANT for a little.
    and let me know if you have had problem with lawyers before or is it just me.
  2. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,385

    You ran into a bad customer. What does being a lawyer have to do with it? I cut lawns for several lawyers some of the best accounts that I have accuired. They never ask how much, just do it and bill me.
  3. maple city

    maple city LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 305

    I agree with DLCS, just one bad customer. I don't think it had much to do with his profession. I am currently working for a lawyer and he is an awesome customer. Pays promptly and no problems at all. We used to cut for another lawyer who paid a little slow (I think because he was busy), but other than that, never a bad word.

    I'd be interested to know how many LCO's your lawyer has gone through. It may just be his way of getting something for free. He figures he's a big bad lawyer, and wobblez the lowly lawn cutter won't dare to argue with someone in his position. Sadly, you may end up eating this one.
  4. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Messages: 776

    I wouldn't say that all lawyers are like that. There are some bad ones, and some really good ones. I've worked for some who didn't even tell me what to do, to a certain extent I would just do whatever I thought needs to be done, and sent them a bill. Got a check not too long after. Had another one who just wanted basic service, and some other minor things here and there. Really nice guy. Gave me a nice tip at the end of the season, always offered me something to drink when he was there. I could bank on the fact that the last day of the month I could bring a bill there, and I would leave with a check. Just take the good ones with the bad ones. Fact of life pretty much.
  5. A1 Grass

    A1 Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 330

    I think that there may be a mathematical way of explaining the Jerk Factor. Doesn't have anything to do with lawyers - jerks are spread evenly amongst all races and religions and job titles.

    Maybe I have an answer:

    C = Customers

    JF = Jerk Factor (about .055)

    So, C x JF = JerkCustomers


    136 customers x .055 Jerk Factor = 7.48

    So, out of 136 customers you should have roughly 8 jerks!

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  6. Rustic Goat

    Rustic Goat LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,194

    A-1, you spend way too much time 'thinking'/calculating, besides, depending on the day, your conclusion quantity seems really low.
    Doesn't matter what occupation, race, color,gender, etc, there are two legged anal openings amongst them all.
    Need to come up with a detector, something like a metal detector wand to spot these types. It would have to be directional, cause if it were to point in any of our directions, well . . . . . .
  7. A1 Grass

    A1 Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 330

    I'll take that as a compliment....

    It was a joke, though you are right - .055 is a LOW estimate - and I'm SURE it applies to all of us as well!
  8. GeorgiaGrassMan

    GeorgiaGrassMan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
  9. Chief

    Chief LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    Send him a notice that you are taking him to small claims court and find out if you can report him to the Bar Association. If you tie up his time........= major hit in his pocket book. Better yet, go to his law firm and see if you can get a meeting with the Senior partner and stir up some ruckus. :) It may take some of your time but if it were me, I would make it a matter of principle and make him miserable. :angry:
  10. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Messages: 776

    I would simply send the guy a registered letter with a bill included saying "please pay the bill by X/Y/Z to prevent legal action being taken" If you go to his law firm and start causing problems he is just going to take you to court for harassment or something like that. I mean afterall... he IS a lawyer.

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