Hedge trimming New Zealand style
A New Zealand hedge trimming company has struck a gold mine by diversifying their product into what they call ‘extreme clipping’. Usually just resorting to trimming hedges with a hedge trimmer the company was forced into desperate measures earlier this year when their only trimmer broke down. Their solution was to use a lawn mower on a crane to complete the hedge trimming. This become national news in New Zealand and quickly the company started offering a number of different services under the catch phrase ‘ extreme clippings’. While other companies have struggle through the economic downturn this company has tripled their turnover and reduced their lawnmower petrol bill by half.
The owners believe it is the adventurous nature of the new projects that get people excited. “People seems to live such mundane lives that this can give many people the thrill they require” John Smith the owner quoted (name changed due to impending law suit for failed job). After their first job they were then asked to trim a large oak tree with a helicopter and then a small garden hedge with motorbike.
Opposition to this new fad is obviously high. The Salvation Army have reported an increase in calls from people who have become addicted to ‘extreme clipping’ and many have invested their life savings into some crazy stunt. In one case a Chinese man attempted to shave his beard using blades attached to a ceiling fan, fortunately police arrived on the scene before he managed to flick the on switch.
Despite calls of disgust from a large number of organisations many people seem drawn to ‘extreme clipping’. One lady we talk to has already had her front hedge done with the ride on mower and next week is planning to have her legs shaved with her own lawnmower suspended from her caravan roof. She then wants her armpit hair removed using a 6 foot lathe and her ultimate goal is to have her nose hair removed with the propeller of a cesna plane.
So far the New Zealand company can offer a range of impressive options to suit whatever their client wants. It is a real case of the company meeting the consumer. The two most popular services the company offers are the ‘Van Gogh’ where your ear hair is removed using an orbital sander and the ‘stevie wonder’ where your eye lashes are trimmed using an electric bread knife ( incidentally it was this procedure that has bought about the impending lawsuit).
All in all this is one of the real success stories of the economic downturn and really we should all take our hats off to this company. While many have just stood by and watched their company’s collapse this group has found a niche market and look set to make their millions.