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Old 02-08-2012, 04:50 PM
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Up here in Canada we have show on the CBC that's called "Market Place" Its kind of like 60 min but about consumer rip offs etc...
Well this week on Friday at 8pm eastern they are doing an investigation into WEED MAN .

Market Place on CBC

Snake In The Grass
We Canadians are tolerant people. We'll grudgingly put up with long lineups, discourteous drivers and other invasions of our personal space and patience.

But don't you mess with our lawns and gardens.

Tom Harrington reveals the story of how, for many unwilling clients, Canada's largest lawn care company has become a more invasive pest than the ones they promise to get rid of.

What do you do with a lawn care outfit that won't take no for an answer? Marketplace exposes their over the top tactics, and we speak with an insider who worked for the company.

How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off by Lawn Care Companies
1. Don't agree to anything over the phone. Ask for a written contract with price quotes and explanations of what is being done and read the fine print carefully. If a company tells you that you said 'yes' over the phone or at the front door, tell them you need to see a contract because according to Ontario's Consumer Protection Act, 2002, if you do not receive a written agreement, it is not binding.

2. Look at the company's track record. In order to help you decide which company to hire, check with your local Ministry of Consumer Services for more information.

3. Get more than one quote for the work you want done.

4. Check to see if the company you plan to hire is properly licensed and insured.

5. Check on the work as its being done to ensure you are getting what you paid for.

6. If you need to file a complaint against a lawn care company, write to your local Ministry of Consumer Services. They need something in writing in order to take action.

7. Consider doing your own lawn treatment and maintenance. Many products are now available at home improvement stores. It might be the easier…and in some cases, the cheaper option.

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