Things you SHOULDN'T say to the customer

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by zechstoker, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
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    Actually, it's probably the contrary. The customer has acknowledged that he has a "dangerous animal" on his property and failed to take reasonable measures to protect people from it, i.e. keeping it caged. This is similar to cases where people put up "beware of dog signs" and their dog bites someone. The sign can be used as evidence that they were aware they had a dangerous dog.
  2. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    Yeah, I've noticed that the wording has changed. I just saw a sign that reads "Dog on Premises". Probably just vague enough to avoid such legal stupidity.
  3. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    I'm no law expert but I was and still am under the impression the beware of dog sign protects the owner should someone get bitten on the property.

    the argument of you saw and red the sign and still chose to enter the property applies nicely.
  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    In many places you are held strictly liable for any injury or damage your animals cause anyway, so it would make little difference. Having a "Beware of" sign would not change that.
  5. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    I was mortified one day when I overheard my helper telling a customer that their dog was one of those "football dogs" that he could just punt across the yard if it came out and tried to nip at his heels. I don't know what my customer thought about that but I informed him it was NOT cool to tell anyone you would kick their pet! This guy usually has a bad time knowing how to control his verbal diarrea and is most likely why he's never held any job in his life for very long. Only reason he's still with me is because he shows up on time every day and hasn't missed a day all year!
  6. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    "Are those REAL?!!!"
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    What are we gonna do with you? :laugh::laugh::laugh:
  8. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
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    Not that this is entirely relevant here, but today I got in a fight with a customer's neighbor's pitbull. Stupid dog hopped the fence, and charged at me while I was line trimming the front yard. Sure enough, it wanted to tango, so it got busted in the mouth with the line trimmer at WOT.
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  9. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 975

    I should also note that I went back to the neighbor's house later when it was safe, and told her exactly what had happened. Told her that I cut the dog's face with the line trimmer, and to my surprise, she wasn't upset at all. She was very understanding, and said she would've done the same thing if she was in my position. After all was said and done, animal control has been contacted, and they're going to head out there to deal with the dog and its owner. Hopefully this gets resolved, and there's not another incident.
  10. gmlm

    gmlm LawnSite Member
    Messages: 153

    dont think your out of line for what you said....
    although....really??? it was a rooster...suck it up sally! i would trade a rooster for a copperhead any day!

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