The problem was, I hadn’t hired him.
I normally take care of my own yard, but I had hired him for some applications over the last few years when the weeds got a little out of hand. Last fall I had discussed with him the possibility of using him exclusively this year, but when I got the usual mailing from him this Spring I didn’t send back the contract to reserve my spot for any applications.
I walked around my house for what I thought was going to be an awkward conversation, as we’re also friends.
After a brief discussion, there appeared to have been a misunderstanding. He had been at my home the weekend before for a Memorial Day party and thought I had told him that I wanted to have my yard sprayed. I had made no such request, as I had applied fertilizer and weed killer myself less than a week before.
I offered to pay him for his services.
I knew that I had no obligation to pay him, but I didn’t want this situation to affect our friendship. It felt weird pointing out his mistake and not paying for something that I knew my lawn would certainly benefit from.
After a few rounds of me telling him to write up an invoice, and him declining, I knew that we had reached a stalemate. We chatted for a few more minutes, and I invited him to a BBQ we are planning next weekend to celebrate the end of the school year, and the beginning of Summer.
“If you’re not going to write me out an invoice, the least you can do is let me feed you well next weekend,” I said.
“Sounds good!” was his reply.
That’s how we left things.
What do you think, will this affect our friendship? What would you have done?
Brought to you courtesy of Brock
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