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anyone else having a hard time with employees age 19-24ish... what a bunch of #$&^ i been working since i was 15.. these guys dont want to work more then 30 hrs or want to be paid 18-19 bucks an hr lol.. cant stand this age of people no resepct, no morals, tired of employees..
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I don't think age has much to do with it. Every fall I get union guys much older than 19-24 who get laid off and want work. They hear that I pay well, so they have no problem telling me they get $32 an hour or some such from the union so I need to be paying similar. Problem is, they are laid off, so they aren't making $32. On top of that, they want paid in cash because they are getting unemployment.
I've also had the clowns that want to bid a job per hour...because they can't write an estimate to save their rear. Usually middle aged, ran a half azzed company into the ground and now they want someone else to live their drama.

Both groups get sent down the road.
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HI guys

anyone else having a hard time with employees age 19-24ish... what a bunch of #$&^ i been working since i was 15.. these guys dont want to work more then 30 hrs or want to be paid 18-19 bucks an hr lol.. cant stand this age of people no resepct, no morals, tired of employees..
Been there done that and now work for the state and do REO work alone on the side. I had a case with the state because I didn't call an employee to let him know we had work the next day he was awarded unemployment compensation ! When he came on he had signed a contract stating if they don't call in after 24 hours except for Friday and Saturday for the next days work schedule they were to have been considered to have quit. Also texting or voice messages are not acceptable. Plus they had to call be fore 5PM because I have a private life. The arbitrator asked the ex if he signed the contract and he said yes, the arbitrator had a copy of it in front of him this was a teleconference. I was appalled he got benefits and I got the shaft !

That group is the entitlement generation because they think they are entitled to everything we had to work to get.

FAst forward and now this same ee is trying to find people to work for him and told me that he understands why I was the way I was with them. He is going bald too !
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I have a sub with NO SKILLS to speak of who bids everything above HUD pricing and never does a job well. Every job I go to I find something wrong or done half way. He fixes it but he complains and he doesn't understand that if you want big bucks you have to bring SOMETHING to the table.

We are slammed with work right now or I wouldn't use him. In my area it is nearly impossible to find good help.
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If I could just get my guys to take care of the equipment. Running me into the poor house in repairs.

And the next SOB comes to me with a weed eater that has the head beat off of it saying "The string quit feeding". I'm gonna shoot him...in the knee cap.

And the next time my F350 comes back with the U-joint sqeeking...well they'll never find his body.

And how the heck do you lose a gas cap that has a chain tether?

Oh, and if they only made a leaf blower with a 5 foot pull cord...then they couldn't pull enough out to break the cord.

How can you possibly explain why a ladder hit the rear glass of a pick up with enough force to shatter the glass?

And how come a rubber discharge cover is so easily torn off of a zero turn mower?

Doesn't everyone understand you can't run an engine without an air filter?

And engine oil...yes, it is neccesary to check it EVERYDAY!

I could go on...but I'm depressing myself.

And just a side note...never hire extended family. In laws, cousins, and even sons of friends. Bad idea.

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done . . ..things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.
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If I could just get my guys to take care of the equipment. Running me into the poor house in repairs.

And the next SOB comes to me with a weed eater that has the head beat off of it saying "The string quit feeding". I'm gonna shoot him...in the knee cap.

And the next time my F350 comes back with the U-joint sqeeking...well they'll never find his body.

And how the heck do you lose a gas cap that has a chain tether?

Oh, and if they only made a leaf blower with a 5 foot pull cord...then they couldn't pull enough out to break the cord.

How can you possibly explain why a ladder hit the rear glass of a pick up with enough force to shatter the glass?

And how come a rubber discharge cover is so easily torn off of a zero turn mower?

Doesn't everyone understand you can't run an engine without an air filter?

And engine oil...yes, it is neccesary to check it EVERYDAY!

I could go on...but I'm depressing myself.

And just a side note...never hire extended family. In laws, cousins, and even sons of friends. Bad idea.
Had and Echo srm230 that we pulled up to the house for a yard cut and the employee filled the tank and off I went trimming as he was mowing. I got to the back of the house and through the hearing protection I thought man the trimmer sounds weird let off the throttle and that was it SEIZED. I asked him which gas can did you use the BIG one or the SMALL one ?? BIg one I looked at him with a disgusted look. I POUND it into my guys, or so I thought, BIG can lawn mower ONLY SMALL can everything else it is mixed with oil. We drove 30 miles and the "dryfueled" trimmer starts ! NO power but it starts. We go by a dealer and get a new one and from there on I have them REPEAT back to me what can is used for what. "Now that you know and have repeated it back IF YOU use the wrong can ITS coming out of your check" This rocket scientist quit ! and I am still using the replacement trimmer to date
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this is a good post! lets see here I have had my guys, run the mower dry of oil(replacement motor $2500), had one mowing around a single wide trailer and run the trail tongue threw the mower`s fuel tank(JD is proud of this part $375 and a pain in the ass to replace) and my personal favorite had a guy tear the baffles off the mower deck, this is a JD 757 commercial mow. A new deck was $2200 ,I bought a used mower that had burnt up, no motor. used the deck and later one of the wheel motors. Then there`s my trucks wrecking them blowing wet grass all over them, leaving windows down while mowing. I think I buy around 50 cameras a year. Not sure how they tear them up so fast. One of the main reasons I have refused to use smart phone! I check all fluids in equipment myself, because employees do not care!
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yuppppp..

I bought my guys a very.... nice f3502 years ago it was too good of a deal to pass, it was af350 harley fully loaded etc.. paid 17k was a 49k trk in 06 truck is beat to hell tail gate is destroyed, holy **** bars are broken off, stickers on seats etc.. they think its funny.. tell them to clean it they do half ass.

buy the best of the best weed wackers,leaf blowes etc.. "did you mix gas" am i supose to lol.. umyeah!!!!!

i use ipods for cameras one guy.. i dont know what happen to it, i think we threw it away.. me: that is fine its coming out of your pay check you signed off on the ipod, and you are aware of actions..
2 mins later oh i found it wtf is that ****..

me: did you guys do a final walk threw guys: yup looks good me: i do a final walk threw i find a broom, cleaning supplies, shop raido, new packs of battries for smokes...
me: i though you did a walk threw, oh i had justin do one Justin: oh i didnt hear him i just said yah cause i though it was done..


i have a diesel 55" toro i bought new.. 17k works beautful.. 1st week i had it. tear in the seat, how did that happe: idk it just did?
a few months the chock is missing.. and the panel is damaged.. how did this happen.. oh i dont know was using it and it just broke off.. No it looks like a hammer it..oh yah i used a hammer to push the chock cause it was stuck but i hit it to hard and broken the panel... hope you are not mad..

my new 3e50 i have replaced 3 windwhields in it now.. sorryboss. got mad at my ex and threw my cell phone at the window..
theres also a nice fist print in the back door..

i have a newer shop that looks really nice.. went there oneday, someone spilt oil did anyone pick it up.. hell no, they drove threw the puddle for days tracking oil marks threw the shop, and parking lot.. sorry a 5 gallon 2 cycle bucket fell and i didnt do it so i wasnt going to pick it up.

then they want raises.. sorryyou guys destory more stuff and cost me money to fix.. thats not fair i hear all the time.. i swear i run a day care most of the time.

sorry for the spelling im at the drs. office on my phone and wiating to be called on.. Damn DOT CARDS>>>
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It cost very little in the big picture, to mix all of your gas at 50:1

Even the 4 strokes like it, it helps to boost compression in a tired engine, and it's enough of keep the tools with richer mixture requirements from seizing. I also believe it stabilizes fuel to some extent and eliminates some of the ethanol issues. Cheap insurance in the long run. Just thought I'd mention it, since it seems to be a recurring, expensive, yet easily resolved issue.
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Glad to know I'm not the only one hiring the mentally challenged. Misery loves company.

These are great stories. Let's keep it going.

Me: Where's the leaf blower?
Employee: It blew off the truck on the interstate.
Me:

Employee: We need a new camera.
Me: What happened to this one?
Employee: It just quit working.
After a closer look, there's small specs of roofing tar all over it, and it smells like WD40. (WD40 takes tar off anything)

Why aren't the lights on the big trailer working?
IDK.
Inspection reveals the wiring has been ripped out from underneath. They ran through a yard that had small Oak tree saplings.

More to follow

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done . . ..things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.
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