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Alot of times customers will come out and give us items that are no longer of any use to them, and the majority of the time, no use to us either ;) You know, shelves, cans of screws, some old used wire :D We usually take it and proceed to do with it exactly what they were going to do with it if they had not given it to us...throw it in the garbage :D But, I'd say 10% of the time you actually get something of value. Had one of those today.

We were doing three lawns a block over from another one of out customers. This guy lives on the corner of a 4-way intersection and down a hill. So his driveway and the street that run parallel to his drive both run down. Usually crap out of the back of trucks flys out as people take off making a left turn and heads down his driveway. I see him walking over with something in his hand. When he gets there he's like "can you use this? I found it in my carport the other day." It was an almost-full 5lb. roll of .095 Echo Crossfire line :D I like the Gatorline, but what the hell. The size I use and everything.
 

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Yup, had a customer "give me" a fairly new console color TV. Not an antique. It was recent, less than three years old. Anyway, I told her I didn't need it but I would ask if one of my crew would like to have it. ( Like these guys are the biggest scavengers in the world. Two years ago they came out of a backyard with a boxful 8 track tape cassettes???) Of course the crew chief jumped right on it. Two months later the customer asked that since she "gave me" the TV would I do some "free" tree trimming for her. I corrected her and informed her she had given the TV to the crew chief, not me and if she wanted the tree trimmed in exchange for the TV that was between her and the crew chief and it would occur on his time not mine. She said, "But I don't speak Spanish and I said no problem, "He doesn't have a truck or a chainsaw." Learned a good lesson that day. Beware of customers bearing gifts!!
 

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I have heard of clients giving cars as gifts before. All be it that the cars were not new, or top of the line, but they ran and were in descent condition. One of my friends had that happen just about a week or so ago.
 

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We were given a window air conditioner. Knob was broken, but it works great.

We did a clean-up with a bunch of junk metal in the yard, turned it in for scrap at $30.00.

A pair of Electric :rolleyes: hedge clippers.

A desk that's in pretty good shape.
 

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one of my customers gave one of my employees some kind of driving wheel for his playstation 2. I thought that he was going to kiss their shoes for it.
 

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Did a cleanup for a guy trying to re-rent his house. Last tenant left a bunch of stuff in a shed. CUstomer said take what you can use. This is what I got out of it.

1 21 Sear craftsman Self propelled
1 New Poly Wheel Barrow
1 10 ft. Aluminum Latter
3 Hard Rakes
2 Shovels
1 Hedge Pruner
1 Lopper

Nice tip!


Also had a customer give me a pressure washer. Said he thought he blow it up. Turns out it only need oil. Works great.
 

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99% of the time I can get the truck lined up just right on the first try. After 11 years of hauling a trailer around and seeing it in my side mirror, I know exactly how it should look when it is all lined up.
 

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One of my customers tried to sell me a hot dog cart for $500. It sat in her drive for two years until she finally said I could have it for nothing. Now its been sitting in my yard for about a year. I have also gotten some nice outdoor lawn furniture which never gets sat in, a toaster oven that sits on a shelf in my garage, and a lot of other stuff that I seldom use. I have a hard time saying no to free stuff. Keep it coming :)
 

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homelite chainsaw
corona telescoping pole saw/lopper
lots of mowers that didn't run-haven't meet one yet I didn't get going. including a toro 2 stroke
20 flats of bedding plants
electric edger:rolleyes: gave to my brother, he still wont talk to me.
ryobi trimmer
lots of hand tools and wheel barrows
 
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