Guy I work with on my regular job turned me down last year to give him a lawn bid (I was just starting out) but asks me this year to give him a bid.I ask him what the other guys were charging,he states $140. I would guess about 2 to 2 1/2 acre.After looking at it walking the yard with him and his wife,I told him I could it for that.Well following week the day before I do it he says the guys would only mow the part closest to his neighbor on the other side of driveway,every other time. Said o.k. And the day of he tells me not to mow that part this time. Area being about 15 to 20 min. Worth of work with the ztr. Well I mow the grass get done his wife ask how much,kinda puzzled (because she was there when I bid it) I stated the $140.Then she looks puzzled and states that they only charged that when mowing the other side of drive way.I was caught off guard and said well what did they charge you,not meaning I'm following their suit....just asking.She sarcasticly states well you tell me your the one trying to get you business started! I said I understand that,just didn't realize all this,first I'm hearing of it. Then she ask if I could mow the pond damn that's overgrown which I had to mow several times to get it down,said she would throw in 20 extra if so. Well next day at work he hands me a check for $100. I told him that I was only going off of what we had talked about and nothing was ever said about less money.Regardless,rather than dispute it with him,I told him if the other guys can do it for that then go ahead they can hav e it.I have to say I was hesitant on taking it because of suspicions that they can be real contreversial and just all around PITA. Sorry the long thread.