Unwanted lawn cutting, greedy car dealers

Props and Pans for Sunday, August 29

Pan: Unwanted Lawn Cutting

Of course, this falls into the category of first-world problems, but does it bother anyone else when a neighbor’s lawn-care crew pulls out a leaf blower after eating weed and, without hesitation, lands on their customer’s sidewalk and Blows road clippings at you?

This happens every week at my house. I never noticed this until working from home, and most likely their goal – that their client’s neighbors would be working and would, therefore, come home to find evidence without seeing this act of rudeness. I’ll bet this phenomenon is less common on the weekends, when sightings are more likely because their clients are more likely to be at neighbors’ homes and out.

The next day I caught the boy in action and asked him to stop, which he did. But I thoroughly doubt that the next time, when I’m back at the office, he’ll use my yard and sidewalk as his trash.

grass clippings

I posted this on social media, and one person replied that he saw someone in his neighborhood – not a paid crew – do the same thing. Come to think of it, I have too. Makes me wonder: How low should one’s opinion of their neighboring neighbor be, to think that their unwanted grass and grass clippings will enhance their neighbor’s wealth?

— Tony Thornton, Edmund

Pan: Greedy Car Dealers

Recently I bought a new SUV in Oklahoma City. That dealer had the exact colors and almost all the options I needed. He searched other dealers to find a match for each package option I wanted, and found a dealer about 110 miles away that had the SUV. I was told that “swap” would be easy and quick. After two days, I skipped the easy swap and got their in-stock SUV. Then the dictation began for me: No discounted price and I was going to pay for their $699 pack and $1,999 life warranty, provided that I completed my service with their service department, their warranty would be in effect. If I receive a discount for a service completed by an outside approved service technician, their required warranty will remain intact. I escaped the $1,999 warranty, but had to pay them the $699 pack (a fictitious fee by greedy car dealers to maximize their profits), plus the full NADA window sticker price. The greed of that dealer made me refuse to return to them for any future purchases and service. I won’t print that dealership’s name or initials, but they know who they are. Be ashamed! Just say no to those greedy car dealers when you know what they are doing is poor customer service and greedy business.

— Alston Ingram Jr., Guthrie

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