Ask Amy: A mower blows, but this mower still mows
Dear Amy: I mow lawns as a side gig.
Several months ago, my lawn mower quit working and one of the people I mow for (the “Smiths”) offered to let me use theirs.
I accepted their offer, and told them that as long as I used their lawn mower to mow other lawns, I wouldn't charge them for mowing theirs.
A few weeks ago, another client gave me their old lawn mower (they’d gotten a new one).
It was a kind gesture that truly filled my heart with hope.
Since then, I have not borrowed the Smith’s mower.
I've told them that I have a good mower, now.
They asked me to continue using theirs on their lawn, and I agreed.
Since then, I've mowed, weed-whacked and cleaned the grass from their property two times.
They thank me and tell me how great it looks ... but they haven't paid me.