Originally Posted by Steve
What did she do that was irritating and how have things been different without her?
Also, could you have some of our customers that are problem customers possibly pre pay you next year? Or maybe have them pay via credit card?
Well basically, she has been the ringing in my ears for two years. She'd drive me miserable the old fart.
She'd call days in advance to make sure I was coming, she'd call me at 7AM on the dot every morning, and continuously throughout the day. She just wouldn't let me you know, WORK!
Speak of the devil
, this morning was the first time she made an effort to call me in one full month of me abandoning her. I even celebrated with a bunch of friends who have heard me complain about her for years. I GOT TRASHED I WAS SO HAPPY!!!!
7AM: "Hi Scott, just wondering if you are still doing the lawns. My grass is growing, if you would be so kind as if to let me know I'd really appreciate it"
^- This is trickery. It sounds completely reasonable for me to call back, but trust me guys, you do NOT call this lady back whatsoever. It's a trap.
7:30AM: "Hi Scott, my grass has grown and could use a cut. Please give me a call as soon as you get this. Thank you so much".
8AM: "Hi Scott... my grass is longer now, just want to know if you are still doing the lawns. Please get back to me whenever you have the time."
Now, if I could put a voice on the above messages; They go from confident to borderline depressing. She sounds as though she's going to die in the last one.
I am FREE now, without her. If she was never home, fine. I could get the lawn done in 5 minutes flat. When she's home, it takes me a good hour. I stop my mower 3-4 times, trimmer 3 times, blower twice. I can't get crap all done. She wants to be the first person I do on her day, yet I have to do her last because of all the time she sucks out of the friggen day. Not only that, why would I ever want to start my day off moving like a sloth, or to become discouraged??? FRIG THAT!
She talks and talks, and freaks out over grass clippings. I'm not
talking about clumps either. You know when you get a hair cut and you run your hand through your hair and you have itty bitty
pieces of hair stuck on your hand? YEAH, that's a great example.
She demands that I cut her lawn at 1 inch
, and bag it every time. She came out with a roll of tape and taped up every little scratch on my lawn mower bag to make sure no grass gets out... HOLY CRAPOLI!!!!
She'll run around her lawn and point to every damn piece of "uncut" grass. To be honest, most the time I have no idea what the hell I'm cutting - I've never had to pretend to cut imaginary grass before. So I'd pretend to cut wherever she points until she gives me "thumbs up". My guy will run the trimmer on idle and walk through the lawn and she'll say "Good, you got it!"... friggen insane.
Out of all 3 people who have worked for me have said she is the devil. I kid you not she looks like this
In truth, I probably saved myself from having a stroke. She is a nice lady, but with faults that stop me from being able to do my job. I could never tell her off, because I didn't want her to .."die".. so basically instead of giving her a piece of my mind, I had to come up with lie after lie, in order to protect HER.
She posed as a very "sweet" old lady, but I truly know how demanding she is. It's like every friggen dollar she spends, we have to stay an hour.. LOL
I can finally rest easy at night, knowing I can go through an entire day without getting 100 phone calls and 100 voice messages to go with them. Every time she'd call, I'd feel guilty - and it wasn't fair to me. I literally would feel like crap.
She can't expect me to hold her hand you know? That's why I had to let her go, I can't put up with the guilt she tried to throw on me, it made my job so much more difficult. I had to come up with things to say to her every single time I arrived. "Sorry I'm late, I had to drive my girlfriend to school, get a spare tire, get my trimmer fixed, go to the bank, etc" - I had to come up with thousands of reasons so that I didn't have to flat out say, "I'm avoiding you, you crazy *swear*".