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But, this is by far the worst experience I have ever had with any sort of hired help. Ever.
For the past year, another guy has been mowing my lawn for $10/hour and it was working out great, except he left for basic training so I had to find someone else. My landlord found
I had a feeling something was off from the very beginning. The first week I hired him, we agreed on a price and a date and a time for him to come and mow the lawn, and we agreed where I would leave him the check. Despite coming to all of these agreements in the first phone call, he proceeded to call me three more times that week just to verify all of that information. It was weird, but I thought he was just wanted to iron out the details, so I was polite to him and let it go.
After those initial phone calls, he cut my grass twice and each time, would call me, leave me a lengthy voicemails while I was at work talking about his exact details about cutting my grass, the blades he used to cut my grass, the upcoming weather patterns and how they would affect grass growth, etc. Now this was getting to be too much, but since he cut my lawn at a decent price, I ignored my instincts telling me something was off. Even though I had specified I wanted him to cut the grass only once every 2-3 weeks, and that I would call him when i wanted it to be cut, he still would call me every few days telling me I needed it to be cut sooner than that and would go into extreme details about the upcoming weather patterns and expected grass growth. Every time he called, he would refuse to get off the phone for at least 10 minutes, and he called every few days, so it was getting to the point that I was getting bothered and creeped out and started dreading picking up the phone whenever I saw his number calling.
After a month and a half of working with him, I was starting to try and find other people to mow my lawn, but no one was willing to charge less than $20/hour so I decided to stick with
Three weeks after being out of town, I started receiving phonecalls from him and long voicemails.
A few days before I was due to arrive, he left me a voicemail saying he had rubbed my landlord the wrong way (and he didn't know why) so he was going to leave me an envelope with his mailing address in my mailbox so I could mail him the check directly.
I returned on a Friday night and wrote him a check which I was planning to mail to him on Monday. By Sunday, yes--in two days--I had received two "warning" notices from him. Apparently he had been driving by my house and leaving me notes in my mailbox telling me "not to be a deadbeat" and to pay him ASAP. Yes, he drove all the way to my house, twice in one weekend to leave me notes and bills, even though he knew I had just gotten back in town on Friday night and that I told him I would mail him his check on Monday.
I was started to get really concerned as to how inappropriate and paranoid he was behaving so I called my landlord. My landlord told me that he had the same experience with
A day after I had mailed him the check and a note telling him to stop coming by my house and to never call me again, I get a call from my landlord that someone had "filed a complaint" to the city of Cincinnati saying my lawn needs to be mowed and I was violating a city ordinance. I can only guess who lodged the complaint.
Let's just say, I lock all my doors and windows at night now. Needless to say, I would not recommend him.
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