Got a call from a lady across town and out a few miles(aren't they always). Anyway, if you don't have to drive 30 min it's not worth it right? The hive is in a tree, entrance at the bottom, 20ft from the house. Save the tree take the bees. This was the oral agreement on day one. Since then things have changed just a bit. Been over about four times and each time something new gets added to the oral agreement. Last time I was asked if I was going to take all the bees with me when I was done?? Wasn't that the reason you called me? I am not charging for the removal since I'm such a nice guy(I'm really just a big sucker). I also was told that they wanted some honey off of it, and maybe to keep the bees elsewhere on the property. To paraphrase my lengthly response to them..."no". So now I'm supposed to, in effect, pay them for the honor of removing their bees. I'm debating on just pulling out of the job. Do I cut my losses, which would be the easiest thing, or honor my agreement and finish what I started? I should have laid everything out in writing from the beginning. I didn't and I feel I am going to pay for it. Actually I already have. Not at all angry, just feel I have wasted a lot of time.
Moral to the story... An oral agreement is worth the paper it's written on.