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Old 06-11-2006, 08:21 PM
Presents Presents is offline
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Default question on leaving a grooming shop.

I have been grooming in this shop for 2 years. I have a decent amount of "request dogs" that i do regularly.

when i submitted my two week notice, i was told that i could not tell any of my "request dogs" that I would be leaving or where i would be going or i could be in serious legal trouble.

I don't want to burn bridges, but I feel i worked hard to get my clients, I love my dogs (well, there/your dogs) and not only is this unfair to me and what i think is just bs, but also unfair to the pets and owners.

am I wrong in wanting to tell them, I should i just leave quietly?

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Old 06-11-2006, 08:23 PM
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I don't know how that could be legally wrong unless you signed something. Maybe you could give them a call after you've left to let them know. I know that a good groomer is probably like a good hair stylist and people definitely follow them around!
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Old 06-11-2006, 10:15 PM
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I would find a way to let them know. You've worked hard to keep their business and you have become friends with their pets. Unless their is something in writing, I really don't see how you could get in legal trouble. Wait to contact them until after you quit. Then I don't think your boss could do anything.
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Old 06-11-2006, 10:17 PM
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I think if you brought them in and they want you to groom them then you should be able to tell them. If you signed something saying you would never "take a client with you" then I guess you can't out right tell them, but you could have a friend contact them for you. Kind of a 3rd party middle man deal.
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Old 06-11-2006, 10:39 PM
mybostonterrier mybostonterrier is offline
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tell your boss to stick it in him, u worked hard and you earned the clients!
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Old 06-11-2006, 11:03 PM
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I also don't think you can get in legal trouble but be careful and make sure you didn't sign anything at all that restricts your ability to do so. Sometimes something can sneak in with the small print that you didn't even notice.

If you are sure there is nothing you might want to see if there is a way you can get their names & phone #'s and/or addresses and then after you leave you can either give them a call or drop them a post card letting them know where you are. That way you aren't putting them on the spot with a face-to-face if they feel loyal to the shop you are leaving. If it is your grooming that is the draw and your new location is within a reasonable distance I'm sure they'll follow you. I know my groomer used to be less than 10 minutes from my house and now I travel almost an hr. one way to bring my dogs to him.
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Old 06-14-2006, 04:18 PM
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Ok. You could only get in legal trouble if you signed a non-competition clause or a clause proisming not to take clients with you when you leave. If you did sign something to this effect, you could get in real trouble even if you contact them after you leave. So first off I would say to find out if your employment contract had this kind of language in it (if you're not sure you can PM me and I will try and help, I have a legal background).

Next thing is that generally, non-competition clauses that essentially prevent you from working in that particular field in the geographic area by limiting who you can contact, etc are most likely invalid as a matter of law.

I would say that ultimately, the client has the option to come to you. You cannot be punished if they independently decide to move with you. The problem is that you must be careful about how you get in contact with those people if there is a non-competition clause in your employment contract. If you do have one, maybe take out an ad in the paper or something where it can start spreading by word of mouth. And if someone asks, there isn't anything illegal about telling them that you're leaving and where you're going without soliciting their business.

Hope this helps.
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Old 06-14-2006, 07:39 PM
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Yeah, I was gonna say, if you didn't sign anything, you should be able to let your clients know you're leaving and where you're going next. I'm very protective of my pooches and would definitely follow a good groomer once they left.
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Old 06-14-2006, 08:18 PM
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From a clients perspective, you should def. try to tell your clients, some way.

I like the idea of having a third party do it, Have a friend of yours call and say " I cant say who this is, but I wanted to inform you that _____ is leaving the ____ grooming shop".

It is so hard to find a good groomer that treats dogs well, My dogs have been through too many to count.

So for the clients sake and your own try and find a way to tell them.

Good Luck

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Old 06-14-2006, 08:22 PM
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thanks for all the feedback.

I signed nothing during my stay. half of my clients are/were new to the shop because of word of mouth, and I have been there only groomer.

i've come to a compromise. i'm quiet and helpful until i depart, then I will mail thank you letters, as I am honored that I am entrusted with the pet. I will state that I love my old shop, but opportunity knocks, I have to listen, and i hope I get to see them in the future.

once again, thanks for the feedback.
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