Join Date: Apr 2012
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Another new guy being taken advantage of...
I was doing some cleanup work on one of my properties a couple of days ago and my son-in-law asked if the mower on the trailer across the street was a good one.
It was a Husqvarna. I said it was a respectable name but did not look like a commercial machine so it would not last, especially the kind of abuse we put a mower through.
The guy who owned it was taking pictures of the property and he said is was okay but slow and it was the only thing he could afford.
We started talking and I found out he had been out of work and the unemployment was running out so he signed a contract to do lawns for foreclosed homes.
He gets $15 per cut, cannot turn down any jobs, has to cut between 15 and 20 lawns per day, 7 days a week and covers an area that takes about 2 hours to cross with good traffic.
I explained to him he was being taken advantage of and he said he knew that, but the bills were due and this was the only thing he could find. Lot of that going around here.
He is also afraid to quit because his contract states if he quits without a 2 week written notice he must pay $250 to get out of the contract.
I told him about this website and gave him the name of a regional I know of that has easy requirements to work for and pays $25 per cut. For him this would be a big pay raise.
I spoke with the guy he works for once about work. He went on and an about how he could give me 50 yards per week with no problem and how great the pay was. I finally cornered him and he told me $15 per cut and it was click, next.
It was obvious this guy was stressed out big time because of the work load and crappy pay, but he still did a decent job on the lawn. Any suggestions to help him?