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I pay my gardener $100 a month. Should I pay him less if he misses a week here and there because of rain?


Dear Moneyist,

I pay my gardener $100 per month. He or one of his employees comes once a week on Mondays, and does a pretty good job. When the weather is rainy, he does not come until it is dry, so sometimes there is a week where he does not service my lawn.

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There have been one or two times over the past couple years where he did not come, and for no apparent reason. He typically comes when I’m working, and he often sends an employee, so I don’t have a chance to ask why he didn’t come.

Should I still pay the…


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