The worker made sure that the homeowner had nothing to complain about his lawn the next day and people find it hilarious.
No matter how well we do our job, there will always be someone to point out a mistake just for the sake of it. Though it is quite difficult to deal with employers and customers who are snobbish, some workers have a smart way to tackle them while also not giving up their work ethic. u/Either-Antelope-4330 had one such wise idea to teach a condescending homeowner a lesson and it worked too. He shared his story from 20 years ago when he used to work for a lawn care company where his responsibility was to apply fertilizer and weed killer.
The lawn care specialist began his post by saying that his work involved driving all around the neighborhood and meeting lots of people but he remembers this one guy who stood out. "I was in a very nice neighborhood. The lawns were huge and required over an hour to get the job done. No big deal, that's what they pay me for," he wrote and added, "After putting down the fertilizer, I would go around and spot spray the weeds. While I did this, I would put out pesticide treatment flags. I'd put one in each corner of the lawn. I figured if I showed I got the corners, they would assume I got the middle too." But this one snooty homeowner who was watching him do the whole lawn through the window was not content with the work done as the flags were only in the corners.
The man who worked hard to cover the whole lawn wrote, "When I got back to the shop, the secretary asked me about his lawn. Apparently, he was upset because there were no flags in the middle," and added, "He apparently screamed at the secretary about it. I was stunned. I assured her I did my job and she and my boss believed me. I even said he watched me do it." When his boss inquired as to why that homeowner didn't try to directly approach the worker he said, "He looked small. Maybe he didn't want to confront me. I had played offensive line in college and looked the part." Though his boss laughed it off he was asked to redo the lawn again and add more flags for the owner's satisfaction.
"The flags came in bundles of 50. I put at least one bundle in my pocket (it might have been two. It's long enough ago where I can't remember) and got to work. About every six steps I put down a flag. He was going to know that I hit every inch of his yard," wrote the witty worker and added, "By the time I was done, his lawn was practically white." When he went back to the shop, his boss and the secretary were laughing about how the homeowner called them again. He told his boss, "Well, he knows for sure I got his whole yard now, right?" to which they replied, "That's what we told him!" Finally, he wrote, "If you have a problem with me, talk to me about it. If you would rather bully a 60-year-old lady over the phone, enjoy picking flags out of your yard all day."
People found the worker's retaliation pretty hysterical and one user, u/CoderJoe1, sarcastically wrote, "Did he ever complain again or did he wave a white flag?" Another user u/UnihornWhale pointed out, "Even if he was concerned and called, no reason to be an a** to whoever answers the phone. Whoever answers your complaint call is not the person who screwed up."