My neighbor called me last spring and asked if i would have time to run over to a friends house to clean up some storm damage. I went to the and told them what it would cost and said i could get started right away, I also told her i could mow the yard for 50.00 a week, its abought a half acre but has quit a bit of trimming. She said she already had a lco and they did the lawn for 40.00 a week. So i just finished up collected my check and left. Well this morning when i was walking out to my truck my neighbor said to me my friend wants you to come bye and give her another estimate, so i went right over first thing this mornin knocked on the door talked to her and she said will you look around and tell me what you would charge, I said 50.00 dollars same as last year when i quaoted you a price. She told me thats fine start any time you think its ready to mow. we talked payment clean ups, etc. I made a quick walk around and made note and took pics of any bad damage, ruts,scared tree trunks(from trimmers mowers etc) broken water caps, etc. and i noticed there where ruts 4-5 inches deep where the previous LCO had mowed the same direction every time. When they had done there clean up last fall they had thrown the sticks pineneedles and other debri behind the trees and in the bushes(just a crappy job imo) any i start down to my truck and there is a lco truck sitting behind my trailer. When i got to my truck he got out and asked what i was doing at his clients house, well i said they wanted an estimate so i came bye to give them one,which he replied what was your estimate? I told him it was really none of his business but 50.00 a week and i will be takeing over this spring,He replied I dont belive this, a kid comes over with a z71,a belt driven exmark and a 12 foot trailer and bids the job 10.00 higher and steals my client. Well by this time the homeowner is there chewing his a$# for abought 2 minutes(bye the end of this conversation he is saying yes mam)then he gets in his truck and leave's. Then she tells me she has a summer home and she is not in town all summer. Apparently this guy wasnt mowing every week, he was mowing by-weekly and charging her for weekly most of last summer. On top of charging her a 300.00 clean up charge and imo doing abought 70.00 worth of work and hideing the rest in the bushes. The homeowner told me that her daughter was staying there for two wekks on vaction and she never saw anyone and the grass wasnt cut. but she still got billed for it. IT's people like that that make it easier for us to charge higher prices and sell are self as dependable and reliable along with good service, but also at the same time make people wary of all LCO and let the boy down the street do it. THEY JUST GIVE THE ONES OF US THAT ARE TRYING TO DO A GOOD JOB AND MAKE A GOOD LIVEING A BAD NAME.