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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 .


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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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anyone got any ideas how someone could use this to their advantage ??
especially now with the start of the new season right around the corner.
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Where can I watch this? This looks amazing.

Kind of makes me nervous, but at the same time I suppose it's beneficial.

I'm very curious as to what it's about. I have heard lots of complaints saying they show up and do work that wasn't requested, yet bill the homeowners anyway. Could this be what it's about? Feeding off of the generosity/guilt of homeowners?

... If so, I'm jealous... I want generous/guilty clients! My clients would spit on me if they could get away with it.
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Where can I watch this? This looks amazing.

Kind of makes me nervous, but at the same time I suppose it's beneficial.

I'm very curious as to what it's about. I have heard lots of complaints saying they show up and do work that wasn't requested, yet bill the homeowners anyway. Could this be what it's about? Feeding off of the generosity/guilt of homeowners?

... If so, I'm jealous... I want generous/guilty clients! My clients would spit on me if they could get away with it.
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LMAO!!!

My bad. I am retarded on Wednesdays.
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That's all right I understand man.
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This show is now my favorite.

I've been watching all of their episodes online. Love it!

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anyone got any ideas how someone could use this to their advantage ??
I would take that list and spin it to put you in a positive light.

Maybe have a headline that says "How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off by Lawn Care Companies"

Under that maybe say there are a lot of fly by night lawn care businesses operating in the area and the only way to be sure you are being cared for instead of being taken advantage of is to follow these suggestions.

1. Make sure the lawn care business is insured and have them prove it by showing you a proof of insurance. (we are insured and can prove it to you)

2. 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. (we provide all our customers with contracts so they know what they are getting for their money.)

etc etc

The thing I would take out would be 3. Get more than one quote for the work you want done. and I would replace it with another suggestion that would put you in the spotlight.
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Some great points Steve.
I think it would be to my advantage to do this now as to wait for March April time frame
I already have a spring flyer but I think I might just do up something special for the weed man people in the area The tech that did this area is a good friend of mine so he is going to put together a list for me.
I kind of feel cheap using these kind of tactics but they (weed man) have brought this on them selves.
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I would make the heading " AS SEEN ON TV " then the list like Steve said. then at the bottom put then website of the news for them to look up "for more info"
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