Attack of the Landscaper
August 6, 2009 by admncc
Anyone who has ever read this blog knows that I am a fierce consumer advocate. I’m fair, but won’t hesitate to stand up for my consumer rights and/or expectations over the phone or at any store, restaurant or event.
With that being said, I’ve always given the spotlight on this site to strange issues I’ve encountered and people I’ve come across who have amazing stories; like Scott (who very innovatively embarrassed his wireless provider) and Steve (who became a blogging hero for putting a punk in his place). Oh, and let’s not forget Laura (who received applause for standing her ground) or the guy who sent this check to Verizon Wireless.
Along those lines, I have a new case study for you. A good buddy of mine, Nathan, is an up and coming blogger with the Charleston Community Examiner. He covers a full spectrum of issues – some of his recent posts include Fictional Pubs and Michael Vick. But it was his battle with a local landscaper, All 4 U Landscaping, which originally made headlines.
WCHS Eyewitness News first covered the story. You can view it here (the link also has the video feed from the original broadcast). I’m proud of Nathan for bringing this story to our attention and was flabbergasted by the landscaper’s actions, abusive language and threats (you’ll have to see it to believe it). I wonder if anyone would have dared the landscaper to show up on their porch, like he threatened! OK, mental note – never use All 4 U Landscaping in Charleston, WV.
Anyway, help me welcome Nathan to the blogging stage and show him some love, as he’s our newest member to the complaint and consumer advocate family. We’ll get him to do a Guest Post along the way too.
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Every time I see one of these stories unfold I kick myself right in the ass, a little over a year ago I had an audio video company rip me a new one for around $30,000 (after spending over $100k with them already).
I went on a rampage after they abandoned my job, royally screwing me with an incomplete system. I hired an attorney who than advised me to remove my rampage, my videos and any of my rants because the suit I could potentially face would have been in the hundreds of thousands, simply for stating facts.
Now it’s the norm for people to use the web and go nuts about stuff, especially when a service provider like the landscaping company above acts in the way they acted. Now all my crap is gone, I am still screwed over and I dont have the energy to write anymore rants or shoot anymore videos about it either.
Nate was right to inform the police on the threats. This type of stuff happens too often. Too bad Walmart doesn’t have a landscaping division, that would solve so many problems….instead you have to deal with these back-woods rednecks.
What good is reporting to the police?? It has been my experience that they are worthless and don’t do any follow up.
The good of reporting this to the police is to have a paper trail that you tried to solve this incident peacefully…just in case the redneck landscaper actually had the guts to show up threatening you. That way, when you shoot him, you come across as the law abiding citizen you are and you were simply protecting your property and your family.
Whoa, Jack stepping out of the box with some fire. LOL. It is completely unfair to categorize all police like that.
Anyway, Nathan, welcome and good luck with your blogging. That landscaper story blew my mind.
Welcome, Nathan, to our crazy, crazy world!
Hi Nathan. Great blog you have. Have never quite had a landscaper experience like yours. He was quite testy.
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I had your site open all day and wasn’t sure what to say
But I like your style and voice and look forward to more.
Thanks for stopping by my blog I appreciate it
What a guy! People never seem to surprise me anymore. I agree with Don. I would do the same exact thing for the same reason. It would have been idiotic NOT to call the police.
Unreal, was the landscaper from South Florida?