picking berries

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnboy82, Aug 5, 2001.

  1. lawnboy82

    lawnboy82 Banned
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    its about that time of year now when the blackberries and the blueberries, and some other fruits too start coming out. i have a couple of customers with apple trees, had one guy with peach trees, and pear trees, got people with blackberry bushes too. so my question to you guys is... when cutting grass, and a customer has fruit trees, or large bushes, do you pick fruit off to eat? i'm not talking about from vegetable gardens.
  2. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    to be welcomed by the customer for me to do that. And even then, no matter what they said to do, I would not go in for the harvest and bring a basket of apples home to the family. Unless of course the old hag lets them rot away anyway. I've noticed the blackberries getting good too. Seems like they've been at every worksite I had for the past couple of days.
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,698

    I don't take <i><b>anything</i></b> from a customer's yard that doesn't belong to me without asking.
  4. lawnboy82

    lawnboy82 Banned
    Messages: 957

    im not talking about going in and harvesting. i am talking about goin and just picking off the bush or tree and consuming on site. not goin home to the family. cause guys i used to work for. they would have customers with blackberry bushes on site, or apple trees. so when we either got to that area, or finished the lawn we would go feast on the fruit for a couple of minutes. nice break, and also keeps us refreshed.
  5. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    unless your just grabbing an apple on your way off the property, its unproffesional. I wouldn't stop to sit there and eat my customers fruit.

    Just my opinion.
  6. Dennis

    Dennis LawnSite Member
    from Ga.
    Messages: 155

    I've got a couple of yards with pear and apple trees...yes as I drive under them I will grab one and eat, sometimes it's all I get to eat. they have both told me I could have as many as I want.
  7. Just Turned Pro

    Just Turned Pro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 109

    Think of it from the customer's point of view (assuming that they did not offer you the fruit)....

    They are paying a professional to cut their lawn and then a neighbor tells them that they see you sitting around for xx minutes snacking on their fruit. You know how these things get exagerated and blown out of proportion.... next thing you know, you get canned because you were "just sitting around and snacking" when you were supposed to be working.

    People complain enough about littles things already. I try not to give them anything else to complain about.
  8. Mike (MLC)

    Mike (MLC) LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    There are a couple of my customer's that have fruit tree's and at times have cherry tomato plants. I do eat the fruit every now and again while I'm mowing. But, this is only because the customer(s) have told me to go ahead if I felt like it. They don't mind if I do, so I take them up on their offer. I don't take bucket loads of it. If I don't have permission then I don't get it. You never know if they are watching or the neighbor. You don't want to make yourself look bad.
  9. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    I've eaten a cherry or two on a run by the tree, but that's it.:p
  10. Vandora Lawn & Landscape

    Vandora Lawn & Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    Sometimes you'll bump into the branch, you can't let that good fruit go to waste! :angel:

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