During the winter any time it snows, my eyes probably yoink out of my head in excitement because this is when I can make extra money. Christmas presents for the girls go from a hopeful thing to a real thing for my wife and me when it snows.
On one snow this past winter, early in the morning I got my plow warmed up and went out. I’ve got a couple regular people that I plow their driveway for or small businesses that I plow their parking lot for. But I’m always looking for new business so when I heard from this small restaurant owner that he wanted me to plow his parking lot, I headed right over. I went inside and talked with the owner about where he wanted the snow piled and we agreed on a fair rate. He pointed out his car and the car of the cook (who was also there) to make sure I wouldn’t hit their cars with the plow. (I’m nice when people do this kind of thing, but I always am thinking, “Shut the heck up dude, I know what I’m doing!”)
This particular lot took about ½ hour to plow and when I was done I went inside to get paid. The owner immediately told me that he wasn’t going to pay me because I didn’t pile up the snow in the right place. I told him that I put it where he told me to, but he said that I didn’t. I saw the cook in the back rolling his eyes at the owner, and knew that this kind of thing was probably common. I argued with him for a little bit, but I had another plow-job to get to, so I just left. Of course it was later that I learned that this guy is known among contractors, plow drivers, and other people who fix things up to be a real tight-wad. He almost never pays what he says and always pays late if he does pay, and no one has taken him to court on it yet because doing that costs too much and takes too much time!
I was so upset that I couldn’t resist a little revenge on the guy though. Before I went to my next job, I took all the snow that I had plowed in his lot and piled it up around his shiny Beamer. I didn’t put any on the car, I just surrounded the car with a huge wall of snow.
Check out the update to this story: “Justice is Served up to a Restaurant“