The Lawn Care Debacle – Would You Pay For Something You Didn’t Ask For?
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.
â€œIf you’re not going to write me out an invoice, the least you can do is let me feed you well next weekend,â€ I said.
â€œSounds good!â€ was his reply.
That’s how we left things.
What do you think, will this affect our friendship? What would you have done?
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Brock is a software engineer by day and personal finance blogger at night. He is a fitness junkie and enjoys grilling and smoking meat. Married with two children, Brock strives to improve his skills as a husband and father, and is always on the lookout to stretch his family’s budget as far as he can.