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Complaint Review: Volunteer Lawn Inc

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  • Submitted: Tue, October 01, 2013
  • Updated: Tue, October 01, 2013

  • Reported By: Knoxville Landscaper — Knoxville Tennessee
Volunteer Lawn Inc
Vie St. Knoxville, Tennessee USA

Volunteer Lawn Inc Wendell Jones Rampant theft of customers and employees. Slander of other similar business owners. Knoxville Tennessee

*UPDATE Employee: Bad report

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 I went to work for Mr. Wendell Jones at Volunteer Lawn Inc as a foreman in the maintenance department. I have a multitude of years of experience in the landscape industry and am professional and well trained and well liked. While working there many issues came to light. The first being the massive company wide policy to rip off customers and save money in any way. An example being a customer paid for 10 yards of mulch the company would lay 5 yards very very thin and pocket the rest of the money.

When the skimpy amount of mulch gets blown away by the mowing crews the company either lets the yards stay an eye sore with weeds popping up from lack of mulch or recharge the customer for more mulch which they actually already paid for. The next issue being that as Americans we were told the only reason any American works there was to drive around crews of illegal immigrant labor who would work for less money. Third is the horrific SLANDER Mr. Jones and his management team constantly perpetuate against others in the industry.

Mr. Jones makes it his private mission to destroy any other landscaping company who may offer him any type of competition. The case is well defined in the Landscapes Etc. issue you may see on rip off report. Jan and Bob Jones are related to Wendell. They hired Landscapes Etc under false pretenses with the sole purpose of helping Wendell rid himself of his competetor. The last issue which is a major issue for me is if you find another job Volunteer Lawn WILL NOT give you your last paychecks in full. I recieved one check for 50 hours and another for 32.

After deducting money for fictitious employee loans my last two checks were for $0.30 and$0.05. Yes that is correct after slaving away in the blazing TN summer sun that was what I recieved because I found a different job with people who had ethics morals and a higher standard all around. And just to throw it out there they also kept ALL of my tools, shoes, and gloves refusing to allow me to retrieve them from my work truck. In the last year I know of at least 15 other employees who have had their checks confinscated this way.Before you make the decision on your landscaping think about the people who do the work. It horrible to work for nothing. 


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I have worked for Volunteer Lawn inc since 2008.I have never work at a place like that.How many places can you go in and ask your boss for a loan and him have it taken out of your check at the minimum at 25.00 a week ..As for as ripping customers off ..bull hocky.putting the mulch on thin is only at or close to foundation of a home.How isva forman gonna no what customers paid for .Supervisor might tell you to take a load of mulch .customers only charged for what forman put on his time sheet.As far as not getting paid .never happens. People who owe Mr Jones money's and decide to quit without the loan  being paid back and you up and quit or turn in a two week notice Wendell is gonna get as much of the loan back as possible. Volunteer Lawn is ☆☆☆☆☆#1.sorry you had a bad experience there.Know where is perfect and know one is perfect .You dont stay in business for over 30 years and have a growing business ripping peoplr off.

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