A Weed Man representative showed up at our home last night to offer free quotes on lawn care.
We usually get lawn aeration (from another company) so I asked this employee if Weed Man does aeration.
He said yes and he would get us a quote.
Then he pulled out a sheet that had our address and name on it. I asked where he got the list and he didn’t really answer. I asked him again and he said head office.
He asked for an e-mail address for the quote so I gave him a secondary e-mail that isn’t often used as has no personal information on it.
But then he wanted me to initial his list.
I refused to and he said he couldn’t give me the quote without my initials as his bosses need to see that I want the quote. I said that I’ve given him an email address so that shows I would like a quote.
He said never mind and walked away.
So will I still get a quote or because I refused to initial his list does that mean they won’t do business with me?
I don’t understand this at all. It’s bad enough that this company has names and addresses of our whole neighbourhood, but now they want me to sign something before they’ll give me a quote?
It’s a curious way to do business (especially as the employee walked away from me saying “Never mind”), but also inapproriate.
Shortly after this encounter, I was watching CBC and the networkk previewed it’s Marketplace show. Interestingly, this week’s segment focusses on Weed Man.
This is from the CBC website.
“Hundreds of people in Ontario have complained about being charged for services they did not request from Weed Man, Canada’s largest lawn-care company.
“A Marketplace investigation by CBC’s Tom Harrington reveals that the provincial Ministry of Consumer Services has sent the company’s head office a compliance order to stop certain sales tactics.”
I’ll be curious to see this show, which airs Friday night.
Has Weed Man come knocking on your door?