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I’ll Start Reading The Sign If You Start Reading My Face!

, , , , | Right | October 16, 2020

I work for a yard care service in my teens. We mow lawns, tend to bushes, and just do general yard work. I am sent out to a new client. When I get to the street, I find a row of houses without any visible house numbers, so I’m trying to figure out which of them is the actual address where I’m supposed to be working.

I go up and knock on the door of the house I think it is and a man answers. He barely glances at me and points toward a “No Trespassing” sign.

Man: “No soliciting!”

He then slams the door in my face. I’m a bit startled, but I move on to the next-door neighbors, who end up confirming that the original house was the one I was looking for.

Cell phones aren’t that common at this point, and I don’t have one, so I can’t just call back to ask my boss what to do. I decide to make another attempt. I have a push mower, which I haul up and place in front of the door before knocking. The same man answers and opens his mouth as if he is about to shout, and then he notices the lawnmower.

Me: “Hi! I’m with [Company]. I heard you wanted to have your lawn mowed?”

Man: “Oh. Uh, yeah.”

After that, I am able to get the details about what he wants done and things proceed smoothly.

Two weeks later, I’m back for the next service, and as I’m getting set up, I notice a set of keys laying on his driveway. I pick them up and head up to the door to turn them over. Once again, I knock and he answers, and once again, he barely glances at me and points toward the sign.

Man: “No soliciting!”

It is a practically identical repeat of our first interaction, complete with him slamming the door in my face. I’m standing there, kind of bemused and about to knock again, when the door suddenly cracks open.

Man: *Sheepish whisper* “You’re the grass cutter, aren’t you?”

Me: “Yep! I just saw these keys in your driveway and wanted to hand them over.”

His eyes got wide when he saw them and he quickly took them. From that point on, he never again slammed the door in my face when something would require me to knock on it.

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A Wise Decision

, , , , | Working | October 12, 2020

My coworker and I are going out for lunch. I’m twenty-one and she’s twenty-two. It should be noted that while I’m quite tall, I have very little figure and a baby face and am often confused for being a young teen. It doesn’t bother me; I’m used to it, and as long as people aren’t jerks about it, I find it funny.

We stop on the way to admire the work being done by some landscapers and strike up a conversation with one of them. After a few minutes:

Landscaper: “So, are you two mother and daughter?”

Coworker & Me: *Laughing* “No, not at all.”

Me: “How old do you think I am?”

Landscaper: “Well, I thought you were twelve or so, but I guess I’m wrong.”

We laugh some more about it.

Coworker: *Suddenly stops laughing* “Wait, if you thought she was twelve, how old would that make me?”

Landscaper: *Long pause* “I think I’d better get back to work. Have a good day, ladies.”

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Will Get It Done Come Rain Or Shine

, , , , , | Right | May 8, 2020

I work for a landscape design company in southern Arizona. I have a client who lives here during the winter when it is much warmer than their main home, which is Seattle. 

We are installing a landscape. It starts raining and we tell our crews to leave the site and quit for the day as the ground is becoming very muddy; plus, it is cold outside and we don’t want them to get sick.

The client calls me, speaking in an irate voice.

Client: “Why is the crew leaving? It is only 11:00 am.”

Me: “We told them to stop for the day due to the rain. Since it is cold outside, they could get sick. Also, because of the bare dirt in the yard, if it gets muddy they could make ruts in the yard, making more work for us and costing you more money to repair the damage.”

Client: “Workers where I am from work in the rain all the time.”

Me: “Well, that may be true, but when it gets above 90 degrees, are workers where you are from still working or do they quit for the day? Our crews here work many days in heat above 110 degrees.”

There is a long pause, and then he finally speaks before hanging up.

Client: “Well, they’d better finish on time.”


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The Richer They Are, The Cheaper They Become

, , , | Right | March 2, 2020

(A friend of mine is a gardener and has some rich clients. One day, a current client tells him he should go and see a new potential client as he’s looking for a new one. My friend goes there and they agree on only a monthly mowing of his very large lawn at a fixed price of €200 per month. The first time my friend does his job, it takes him about an hour because he uses a professional mower. He sends the client the bill. A few days later, he gets a phone call from the new client.)

New Client: “I got your bill and I’m not paying it.”

Friend: “May I ask why you’re not paying? Didn’t I do a good job?”

New Client: “No, you did an outstanding job. I just feel that I shouldn’t have to pay you €200 for an hour of work.”

Friend: “I’m sorry? That’s what we agreed on. I have it here on the contract.”

New Client: “It always took my previous gardener eight hours to mow the lawn, so I thought €200 was a fair price. But I’m not paying you €200 for just one hour of work.”

Friend: “So, if I understand you correctly, you would have been happy if I’d mowed the lawn and waited seven hours outside your house doing nothing, so that you can tell your friends that you pay your gardener €25 per hour?”

New Client: “Well, eh, yes. I never paid any of my workers that much per hour, so I already was uncomfortable with €25 per hour, but I couldn’t find anyone who was cheaper.”

Friend: “Well, sir, you can tell your friend now that you had a gardener that did an outstanding job for €200, but you thought you didn’t have to pay him.”

New Client: “What do you mean?”

Friend: “I’m not coming to you anymore and I expect payment within the next five days or I’ll go to court and make you pay. I will also tell Mr. [Current Client] about this so he knows how his friend treats people who work for him. “

(My friend told this story to the current client, who was really angry about it. He paid my friend the €200 and immediately called the non-paying customer to tell him that he just paid the gardener’s bill and that he wanted his money back or he would “casually mention this story to the people on the golf club.” Not all people that are rich are jerks, but when they are they are really massive jerks.)


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Your Garden-Variety Idiot

, , , , , | Right | August 31, 2018

Me: “[Gardening Service]. Can I help you?”

Older Lady: “Yes, some sheep have got into my garden. I need you to come and get them out.”

Me: “Well, really you would need to call the farmer. Do you know where they came from?”

Older Lady: “No, but they’re in my garden. You’re a gardener. Fix it!”

(I popped round and shooed them out for her, but seriously, if they got into her car, would she call a mechanic?)


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