Who pays for lost/stolen blower?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by ripple, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. ripple

    ripple LawnSite Member
    Messages: 205

    Sent the 2 man crew out today to finish a small job then had them return to shop to reload with mulch to go to next job. When they get to shop tailgate is down and the blower is gone. They went back to look for it and could not find it.
    As the owner of the business can/do I make them pay for another blower?
    Or do I have to just go out and buy another? And eat the cost.
  2. oslo

    oslo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    You can try it, but it is illegal to charge them for it in PA without their consent. You can't take anything non tax related out of an employees check w/o their written consent in advance. Alot of lawncare employees are not that well versed on the law though and you could probably get away with it.

    If you pay them in cash, then you can definitely get away with it, but if they are decent employees otherwise, you may not want to lose them over a blower. Write them up, or can them, but if you keep them make sure they understand the $$ they cost you with their carelessness.

    If your gonna keep em, tell them you were about to give them a raise in pay, but the cost of replacement of the blower will prevent the raise at this time, so at least in their mind they are paying a price for it as well.
  3. Xterminator

    Xterminator LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    I had an employee that was bad about leaving stuff on the job. I asked him if he had everything, and he said he did looking in the rearview mirror I saw a shovel. I blew a gasket, his comment was its only a shovel. He is no longer employeed by me
  4. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Is your insurance deductable low enought to make it worth it to turn it in?If not you have to buy another blower.I would not charge the employee for it..that's what insurance is for..I am sure they did not do it on purpose.Chances you take when you send people out to work with equipment you pay for..write it off as a business loss.
  5. DynaMow

    DynaMow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    IMO if they are an employee you do not have much of a choice, cost of doing business. May be some insurance would be to change pay to hourly plus bonuses. cause with bonuses.

    TJLANDS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,668

    Is your deductible low enough that you would report a blower worth $500
    to your insurance company? Would you really want to report it anyway, insurance companies are always looking for an excuse to raise your insurance.
  7. bullethead

    bullethead LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 273

    Nip it in the bud, now. If you don't establish some accountability from your employees, equipment will continue to walk away. My ee's pay for half the cost of stolen equipment. Funny how we don't lose much stuff anymore. If you continue to eat the cost, the problem aint going to go away. Been there, done that.
  8. Badgerz

    Badgerz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    Last fall my wife was driving down our street and saw a nice commercial trimmer laying next to the road. She easily could have snagged it for me but we're honest people so she set it behind a large dumpster and we waited around for the lawn boys to come back. Sure enough within half an hour they were back. My wife went to ask them if they lost anything and this kid was beside himself saying he had left a trimmer behind and his boss was pretty angry and if he didn't find this $400 trimmer he would be fired etc.

    My wife told him where it was and the kid looked like he had just won the lotto. He phoned his boss on a cell he had and the boss asked to talked to my wife. He thanked her and offered to do any reasonable amount of work we wanted for free just because of her honesty. We lived in an apartment at the time so we couldn't really take him up on his offer.

    Anyway, write him up. Make it very well known that there will be consequences for this stuff and they had better start to respect the equipment or they can go work at Burger King.
  9. mrbray101

    mrbray101 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    I think this time you should eat the cost, maybe make a rule from now on employees pay half cost of lost equipment. There was a guy I worked with who we found out later had actual hid a chainsaw and went back to get it after work. He said it must have got "lost"
  10. ripple

    ripple LawnSite Member
    Messages: 205

    well thanks for the replies....This is begining of season and these are new guys working so...I give them the benefit of the doubt for the first time...Next time not so lucky...

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