Stay outta the yard!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mtdman, Jun 12, 2003.

  1. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    This post brought up a HUGE pet peeve of mine. Why on Earth can't people understand to NOT walk by the yard when I'm working? People like to just walk through the middle of a yard, down the sidewalk, whatever, even though I am operating a machine with three very fast spinning blades that could kill them. They are too damned lazy to cross the street, walk around, whatever. And then they have the NERVE to give me a dirty look because my work is holding up their oh-so-important life. I swear, one time I was edging and a woman pushing a baby carriage came walking right through past me, not a care in the world. HELLO! Damned Stupid People! ARGH!!!

    And don't get me started on kids coming out of the house to watch me mow. I've dropped customers in the middle of mowing their yards because they refuse to bring their kids in. Don't parents teach their kids to stay away from that stuff? The absolute worst was the time I came around the corner of a house, just finished blowing, and some woman has her kid bouncing around on my trailer next to the lawnmower I just put back with an extremely hot muffler. WHAT THE HELL! People have a lot of nerve and are just too damned stupid when it comes to safety around lawn mowers.


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  2. fivestarlawnken

    fivestarlawnken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    It seems people just dont care and understand to think for a second. People whine about there kids are there life and you see stupid things like no seatbelts all the time.I'm not a perfect father but my kid wears her belt no matter what.Young kids really do love our mowers its kind of funny and makes the day go by sometimes.(just so they are inside):rolleyes:
  3. STAN1366

    STAN1366 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    I've only got 1 account with small children. They know when I'm there it's time to go inside or up on the deck(10' off the ground). In 30 yrs, I've only broke 1 window and that's enough. I sure don't want to hit a kid or even come close.
  4. Or they get fascinated by watching them run.

    When someone gets into range I stop and shut off the blades.
    Either they leave or I leave.

  5. Hawkeye5

    Hawkeye5 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    Let me say that we don't have many sidewalks in my area, so people walk on the street. IF i'm trimming or mowing along the street AND I see them coming, I stop or move until they have passed. Just Monday I was trimming along a property line/ driveway and around a big bush. As I came around the bush I see a 2 year old boy coming my way down the driveway from the house. His mother was sitting on a lawn chair just outside the garage watching the little guy head right for me! I moved to another part of the yard until they had gone inside. People just don't think about the hazard.
  6. lawnkid

    lawnkid LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 935

    I used to be one of those kids who would watch but from a distance. That's how I've gotten to love this line of work so much :D
  7. Hawkeye5

    Hawkeye5 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    From a distance is fine, as long as the distance in question is safe.
  8. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    I dig the kids watching, and will wave, smile, talk to them, whateva. But when they are in the yard running around the machines, or bouncing up and down on my trailer next to a hot muffler, there's a safety problem. And I am amazed at the number of parents that don't understand and don't cooperate.

    As I posted in another thread, I wear hearing and eye protection all the time, and often if I'm edging or trimming and not looking up, I won't see someone. When people walk right through the middle of my work, they are taking a huge risk not only from debris but also from me. Just stay away! If it wasn't such a pain to do, I'd get cones and "men working" signs to block off the lawn!

  9. Mr_Marc

    Mr_Marc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 218

    Mowing Crew Ahead
    Please Stay Clear

    It was in the parking lot of a WinnDixie this morning.
  10. battags

    battags LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    I think we have all had the same problems. One of my worst customers for kids running around learned a lesson the other day. I had to ask her three times to keep the kids out of the back yard while I was mowing. Finally she has them sit with her on the deck as they watch me mow.

    Fido must of left one of his doggy tennis balls in the yard and sure enough, I hit it. A shredded chunk of yellow fuzzy rubber shot 150 ft. to my right. I turned to see the shocked expression on their face as she took the kids inside.

    Before I left, I apologized about mincing the tennis ball. I pointed out that her youngest son is notorious for leaving matchbox cars in the lawn. Fortunately, I usually see those first. The thought of hurling a chunk of torn metal that distance and speed got the point across.

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