Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Better to Remain Loyal
A smallish to medium tree in my yard died. The location was good and when cut, it would fall free of obstacles. I called Mr. Bushy the tree man I've used many times. He said he was busy but may be able to squeeze it in the next day.
The next day I was outside planting new trees to fill the dead trees vacancy. Another tree man, Mr, Bradly drove by, spotted the dead tree, stopped and said he could cut and remove it at that moment. I was put in a dilemma because Bushy had not come. I asked the price and Brady said $50. I was tempted to accept and have it over with here and now but something gnawed inside me that I HAD called Bushy so I felt obligated to wait for him. Obviously he was too busy and would do it next week.
The week end came. On Saturday I was in the house when the doorbell rang. It was Mr. Brady's helper who gave me the same spiel again, in the neighborhood, could cut/remove right now. I explained again that I had called Bushy first and I felt my loyalty was to wait for him.
Bushy came Monday morning. He remembered the tree because he had trimmed it last year, in one last attempt to save the poor tree. The first thing I asked was, "How much?" He said forty bucks and I smiled inwardly because I was still a loyal customer and saved ten bucks.