Who said "There is no such thing as a stupid question"

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by rcreech, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,161

    I'm sorry, but I think there are a lot of stupid question's! Maybe it is just because of it being a somewhat stressful time or something, but I am getting too many! I think part of it is I am growing so fast I am losing the "personal touch" and also getting people that I don't even know! I am not sure....but there are some real dandies out here (pun intended)! :laugh:

    I had a customer ask me today why his lawn is turning brown.....

    I said....well, if I had to guess, I would say maybe because be have only had about 1.5 inches of rain in the last 2 months and its going dormant. :dizzy: He said...."Well I thought that is why I hired you....to keep my grass green"!


    Why is it that is someone gives you $50 they expect their lawn to be green? Do they think we are magician's?

    Anyway....what is the dumbest question you have ever gotten from a customer?
  2. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,305

    Rodney, I get this inference a lot. And here's my DEADLY EFFECTIVE response every time:

    "If I were to find you dying of dehydration and I hand you a multivitamin - how much good is that gonna do you?"

    Works every time.
  3. pinto n mwr

    pinto n mwr LawnSite Senior Member
    from gr8, mn
    Messages: 422

    dumbest quesion?.... Everytime, at the same jobsite, although it happens at others, is what are you doing?

    I don't know, what did I do the last time that I spoke to the same person. The same person time after time, years upon year asks the same question, what are you doing?

    Once told them that I'm spraying round-up. What's that? Kills everything!!! Ha!Ha!
  4. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,161

    NICE analogy!

    I like that! :)
  5. grenskpr

    grenskpr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    "There are no stupid questions, just stupid people who ask questions"

    Bill Murray- Stripes
  6. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,305

    Gotta love Bill Murray. I still love Groundhog Day.. and The Man Who Knew Too Little.

  7. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
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    My wife put a little sticker on our fridge, it says; "If there's no such thing as a stupid question, what kind of questions do stupid people ask?"

    I get stupid questions and complaints regularly. Here everyone has irrigation. You need to to have more than dirt and sage brush. At least 3x per year I get a call from someone who "has" grubs, or "has" a strange fungus. I show up to check it out and notice little rings of green around each sprinkler head, so you could stand in the street and easily locate every pop-up head. Everything else is baked.

    "Sir/mam, you have a watering problem." It is amazing how often they don't believe it. I have to show them core samples and have them measure the water coverage to get them to believe it.
  8. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,986

    Thought of another stupid question that I've been asked a few times. I spray shrubs/trees for bugs, occasionally fungus/disease. I have a sprayer dedicated to this purpose. It has never had a herbicide in it. It has the word "Shrub" decaled on the sides.

    About once every other year or so, I'll have a client come out and ask me; "This isn't going to kill my shrubs is it?"

    I should answer, "What? These are shrubs? I thought they were weeds."

    I also was at a bid once, the homeowner lady asked me if I hired Mexicans. She said she didn't want any Mexicans working on her property, didn't trust them. The weird thing about this was that she was a Mexican. Married a white boy accountant and was now above associating with her former countrymen.:laugh:
  9. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,121

    While spraying Hemlocks with horticultural oil, the neighbor stops me and asks, "Will that stuff ....(pause to inhale on his cigarette).... harm me?"
  10. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,667

    "What are you puttin' down? " "Fertilizer."
    "Is this the last one for the year?" (asked Aug 26th. )

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