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My %@$ #*^! Neighbors (Those People)

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by vipermanz, Jun 20, 2001.

  1. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    Time was all it took to find out if (Those People) really wanted my accounts , Hmm i think so, Here's the story:
    I am awaken at 10:00 by my mom telling me i have a phone call, it's one of my customers, So i get up answer it and before i finish saying hello, she says she don't need me any more, Hmm, okay, i thank her for her time & so on, during the day the same thing happens to me again different customer same story "well this guy will do it for $15 NOT $35" , After that i hop on my bike ride over only to see (Those People)(my neighbors) in the middle of cutting it!! arghhhh.
    Later i go out to get the mail and come upon their flyer in the mailbox which in a large font reads"ALL WORK UNDER $20" , that really ticks me off so bad i kick the mail box post in half!.Whew!!!!!!
    I really need to go to bed and get this off my mind, Thanks For Your Time

    P.s If This Is On The Wrong Board In Your Opinion Please Move It To The Off-Topic Thank You
  2. cos

    cos LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,253

    I had the same thing happen. Dude was charging $10 a cut on his flyer. His work put him out of biz and then the customers called back and I raised the prices. Lesson learned on both ends.
  3. Alan

    Alan Member
    Messages: 1,185

    So, you threw a hissy fit and broke somebodys mailbox post. Nice, mature approach.
  4. Island Lawn

    Island Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 632

    Your mom woke you up @ 10:00?

    What did the mailbox ever do to you?

    You might want to talk to your remaining customers before they check the mail.
    Make them happy!

    Good Luck !
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    What does their work look like compared to yours? If your work is much better, USE that wgen you talk to your customers, and also explain to them how much it COSTS to do a lawn, and that these guys probably won't be in business long, and that YOU'RE in it for the long haul. I'm sure many customers will stay with you. That is, unless there are other reasons to leave. P.S. You need to have your rearend up and out of bed WAY before 10:00!
  6. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    Actually, if you read his post, it was HIS mailbox post. He's allowed. ;-)
    As someone else pointed out, these people won't be around for long at those prices. They will realize it's not worth it. If someone else calls to cancel, explain that those guys may not be insured and may not pay taxes. Explain that the new people probably won't last and that they are welcome to call you back when the other guys fold (that's assuming you would want them back). But be the professional and the better man at all times.
  7. Turfcouncil

    Turfcouncil LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    I love the 10$ per cut dudes
    Thay are all over around here

    Sounds like a hair cut deal!
  8. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    i'm 15 and out of school!! i can sleep late!!
    i got my mail box back up too
  9. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,822

    It was his masmailbox and she was nice enough to let him sleep until 10 and this is the thanks she gets..........
  10. AndrewLawn

    AndrewLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    I'm with viperman.SLEEP IN!I got a job at subway and about 4 days a week need to be there at 8:30,and awake by NO LATER than 8:00,even thats cutting it close!I'm 15,tired,working 35 hours a week at subway,keeping up with 7 lawnmowing jobs that I have and still trying to maintain a social life and have enough time to sleep!To top it off,once school starts,I will still be working at subway(but maybe only 20,or less,hours a week)maintaining those 7 lawns(thats 1 a day at once a week,so,there goes about an hour or so out of everyday)staying on student council(look,10 kids out of 55 that ran were elected by other students,and there are 500 some odd students in my grade...I kind of have a commitment there),trying to get 8n hours sleep a night,staying active playing ball...just add up all the things going on in my life!to tell viperman not to sleep is like hell,10:00 is a little late,but give us some credit here)I truly beleive life is harder now for kids than it was 40 years ago.not to say there wasn't drugs,violence,gangs,divorce,popularity contests,work,fights,school, and more than 24 hours a day back in the 1950's,but ya'll seriously need to cut us some slack.I'm a pretty good kid,I've done my fair share of things,not gonna name anything in particular,but I have hardships....the only reason I'm not a drug addict is because 3/4 of my friends got f**ked up on it and
    I saw what it did,and they used to be as good a kid as i am.I'm not saying i haven't piddled with stuff,but just got some sense in me.anyway,disregard this if you don't like it.

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