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Am I Supposed to be a Free Service? #6663399
11/12/19 07:43 AM
11/12/19 07:43 AM
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Dudley NC
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Muddawg Offline OP
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I am still amazed at what people expect me to do for free!

Got a call a day or two ago. Lady wants me to come get a dead deer out of her private pond. My wife took the call. Lady tells her that her own dogs killed the deer, now it's floating in the pond and she wants me to come out and remove it. My wife tells her I can do this but there is a fee for the service.

"Oh." she says. "Well, I'll have to call my daughter. She actually owns the property." Then she never calls back.

Really? She wants me to come out and remove a dead deer floating in her pond, that her own dogs killed and thinks I'm supposed to do it for free???

What is wrong with people??

Another one that called just yesterday.

Lady tells me, "There is a stray dog that was hit on the highway in front of my house. You need to come get him." And she spoke so matter of factly like it's my job to remove dead animals from the highway.

I tell her, "Yes Mam. I can do that but I do charge for the service." She seemed to be astonished that I would have the audacity to charge a fee for working. Flustered she asked me "Then what do I do?" I so bad just wanted to tell her, "Dig a hole!" I advised her to call DOT.


Muddawg
Re: Am I Supposed to be a Free Service? [Re: Muddawg] #6663558
11/12/19 10:18 AM
11/12/19 10:18 AM
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I'm listed on Google biz. Only lets you put under certain categories what's in system for what type of biz you are. So I'm under animal control closest I could get..which I do just on the wildlife side of course which isnt a option. So I get fair share of have dead cat or dead deer calls or even plain cat and dog calls. Amazes me too that they think it's free but I just explain I'm not paid by state or city.

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Re: Am I Supposed to be a Free Service? [Re: Muddawg] #6663629
11/12/19 11:40 AM
11/12/19 11:40 AM
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pennsylvania
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People think I work for the game commission. Had a guy call me about moving a rattlesnake . When I told him what I was gonna charge, he told me he thought i worked for the game commission. Didn't have me do the job.

Re: Am I Supposed to be a Free Service? [Re: Muddawg] #6664176
11/12/19 09:08 PM
11/12/19 09:08 PM
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Schenectady, NY
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We used to get a lot of calls like that. I think it had to do with one of the companies trying to find us leads. We dropped the service and most of the calls stopped. I'm convinced one of the key words for searches must have been, "free". They swore this was not the case, but they had way too many of those folks for it to be a coincidence.

Re: Am I Supposed to be a Free Service? [Re: Muddawg] #6664938
11/13/19 05:11 PM
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Happens very often, As Limestone stated, Those lead companies will say anything to get their fee. What really kills me, The area I"m in, Lots of money around & it's always the ones with the multi million dollar homes that are looking for the free services.


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Re: Am I Supposed to be a Free Service? [Re: Muddawg] #6664942
11/13/19 05:19 PM
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Or, want 1/2 the fur check!


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Re: Am I Supposed to be a Free Service? [Re: BigBob] #6665019
11/13/19 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by BigBob
Or, want 1/2 the fur check!


Had a farmer try that after season was over so I said sure let me figure things up. Wrote out my time, trap cost, bait cost, fuel cost and then gave him a bill after I deducted "his" half of the fur. He was astonished of the cost of things and let it go but still has me back every year to thin critters out.

Re: Am I Supposed to be a Free Service? [Re: Muddawg] #6665575
11/14/19 09:56 AM
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yes Kenneth, FREE, since some folks think we work for the govt.

I explain up front, "I am a private biz, just like if you call an electrician or plumber."

THAT usually gets their attn.


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Buy a soldiers meal EVERY chance you can.

Re: Am I Supposed to be a Free Service? [Re: Muddawg] #6665577
11/14/19 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Muddawg
She wants me to come out and remove a dead deer floating in her pond, that her own dogs killed .


While they were in violation of a leash law probably!


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The 10 Commandments are not suggestions.
Buy a soldiers meal EVERY chance you can.

Re: Am I Supposed to be a Free Service? [Re: EatenByLimestone] #6666034
11/14/19 08:53 PM
11/14/19 08:53 PM
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Originally Posted by EatenByLimestone
We used to get a lot of calls like that. I think it had to do with one of the companies trying to find us leads. We dropped the service and most of the calls stopped. I'm convinced one of the key words for searches must have been, "free". They swore this was not the case, but they had way too many of those folks for it to be a coincidence.



Occupational hazard if people call the division of wildlife(or your state's equivalent) or the local police/sheriff department and they give them your number.

Re: Am I Supposed to be a Free Service? [Re: Muddawg] #6666206
11/15/19 02:50 AM
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Schenectady, NY
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If that was the case, the free calls wouldn't have dropped so fast when we dropped the lead service. We were literally having people call in because they saw a weasel running down the street or there was a hawk in their gas station parking lot.

There will always be some, but it was crazy.

Re: Am I Supposed to be a Free Service? [Re: EatenByLimestone] #6669303
11/18/19 06:43 PM
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Yea, I had a call Today. A landowner has a huge Beaver Problem and his neighbor referred me. I would love to trap that location (just a mile from home) but I told him this is a business and I charge for it. He opted to find someone to trap it for free. grrrr

Re: Am I Supposed to be a Free Service? [Re: Muddawg] #6669317
11/18/19 06:52 PM
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Schenectady, NY
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Those people aren't the clients you want anyway. There has to be a competitor that you enjoy referring the more unique calls to, lol.

Re: Am I Supposed to be a Free Service? [Re: Muddawg] #6670682
11/20/19 08:47 AM
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people would ask is there anybody that does it for free? I used to say sarcasticly "you mean like a charity?"

Now I just keep repeating my price if they don't understand and say : "do you need us to come out?"

Re: Am I Supposed to be a Free Service? [Re: Muddawg] #6671188
11/20/19 07:39 PM
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Why yes, yes you are. After all, it's the Holidays. LOL. get them (calls) more and more lately. keep notes- time, date, who you spoke to and issue. I keep records of every call. Trust me, comes in handy down the road when they call you back to finish the job. Sarge


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Re: Am I Supposed to be a Free Service? [Re: Muddawg] #6681921
12/03/19 06:12 AM
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SAME SCENARIO ALMOST EVERY CALL:

1. These nuisance callers usually describe an exaggerated version of the situation. They also present it like they are doing me a favor by letting me drive to their home and catch or remove the offending animal.

2. Then I tell them that I run a private business and this is how I make my living. Therefore I charge $XXX for this type of situation.

3. They then say that the situation is more or less resolved (magically in the last 3 seconds) because the animal left, died, was carried off by a dog, or their brother in law will take care of it.

4. Then for the big finish, they say if they need help with this or another situation in the future they will certainly call me.

5. I politely say thank you for calling and I hope it works out for you. It would be great if they would quickly and concisely say: you charge too much, I have no money, this problem is not with that price, or the person who gave me your number said it would be free.

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