Do you offer snacks and drinks to the salesman?

knock knock.....who's there? - How do you greet a salesman ?
@mimpi1911 (25455)
India
January 10, 2009 4:23am CST
A few days ago when I reached home I found my mom talking to one of the servicemen who had come for AC servicing. I found her talking quite freely and he was being offered some snacks and drink. Later I found out that my mom kind of knew that person. That made me to think, would you go to the extent of offering food and drink to a salesman or a serviceman?
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@cupid74 (11397)
• Pakistan
10 Jan 09
Hi dear not sure about salesman as they are very rare at our place, but service man like gardner, driverr, electrician, plumbers etc when they come to home they are served with tea or cold drink, and if have some thing, the same is offered with tea its norm here Take care
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@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
12 Jan 09
That's quite logical. Thanks Zass.
@cupid74 (11397)
• Pakistan
12 Jan 09
well, u know its saying every one eat whats meant for him/her
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
12 Jan 09
My mom says that all the time..
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
10 Jan 09
Hi mimpi1911! Yes, we do offer servicemen/repairmen some snacks and drinks after they have repaired or finished the job we asked them to do. There are salesmen who sometimes ask for cold glass of water and we do give them but we don't offer them snacks. Take care and have a nice day! lovelots..faith210
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• India
11 Jan 09
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
11 Jan 09
Hi saivenkaat! miss you! Lovelots..faith210
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
12 Jan 09
Yes, faith, usually that's the current trend here as well.
@anonymili (3140)
14 Jan 09
I definitely wouldn't invite a salesperson into my home unless I had specifically called up their company to arrange for them to visit - if I had invited them in, then I would offer them a hot or cold drinks and biscuits. I don't even answer the door to anyone unless I'm expecting them as there are just too many scammers out there purporting to be collecting for charity or trying to sell the world's most wonderful new invention LIFE IS TOO SHORT LOL! On the other hand, with engineers, I always offer a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits - the last time I had an engineer round to update my telephone line a few months back, the guy had 4 cups of coffee!
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• Philippines
14 Jan 09
you are right about this, anonymili. it is not wise to let anyone in the house if you have no idea who that person is. it is very risky. these days, there is no telling what kind of a person a guy is unless we have some knowledge beforehand about his being. there are times though that we call for the help of some fellows to lend a hand on some problems that come up in the house. like when the lights go out and there is no way that we can pinpoint the cause. or maybe, the cause is too much to handle, we need the services of someone who is a good electrician to remedy the situation and thus solve the problem at hand.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
19 Jan 09
I know what we mean Mili and things are changing here as well. Most housing complexes do not allow sales people for mostly safety reason. And I find some to be overbearing and pushy, but then that's what they get paid for! We live is a private house and much vulnerable to this thus. Mom is extra sporting with some of them and I try to reason with her but every time in vain.
@derek_a (10903)
10 Jan 09
I always offer a drink of tea or coffee to service men if they are in my home repairing or installing something, but I never offer them to sales people. Not many call these days and it is discouraged in our area of the city as there have been criminals pretending to be sales people to get into a house and steal from the owner. There are signs on most of our doors saying that we do not buy or sell from callers. It's a neighbourhood watch incentive. :-) Derek
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@krissy32 (205)
• United States
11 Jan 09
It is much the same in my area, service people are given every courtesy. Salesmen who are going door to door to offer something for sale is highly discouraged, so nothing is offered around my area except for a cold glass of water if the weather is beastly hot and humid.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
12 Jan 09
Things are changing here as well. With all those things going on around, we have little trust in Salesman for you never know!
@vanities (11351)
• Davao, Philippines
12 Jan 09
hi mimpil...if its a service man...then maybe if the work rendered lasted long and its time for a snack or a lunch then maybe i will offer him one..but of course ill see to it that i have a companion with me in the house in doing so.... but if im alone then maybe i will not...even if i knew that person..a glass of water could be...
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
14 Jan 09
Yes vanities, better be safe than sorry...
@riyasam (16582)
• India
10 Jan 09
i donot offer any drink to door salesman(maybe a glass of water,sometimes)but the technician who comes to repair our computer are usually well-educated.educated or not,it is manners to offer them something to drink.
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@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
12 Jan 09
It does not have anything to do with education, that's how I feel Riya.
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• United States
10 Jan 09
In the summer, when it gets hot, I do offer service people something cold to drink. I don't talk to them though...........well, I guess I do have to talk to them to offer them something to drink,and when they tell me what is wrong with whatever, and I ask questions, but ...................Never mind. I am going back go bed now.*L*
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@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
12 Jan 09
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 09
If the Person was stopping a while to repair things yes I would offer them a Drink while they where working Salesmen/women I do not let in so no they would not get a Coffee/Tea
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@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
12 Jan 09
I really appreciate gaby.
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
10 Jan 09
If they are there as a Serviceman on a scheduled call as per my invitation, or was a Salesperson that I had struck up a rapport with, then yes I would offer them something. Especially the Serviceman because they are there to do something for me and I would consider it to be polite.
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@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
12 Jan 09
I really appreciate that James.
@alokn99 (5718)
• India
10 Jan 09
If the person was likely to spend some time inside my home either talking to us or demonstrating something which i have requested for then some tea and some biscuits probably. A glass of water most definitely. At the same time i would be cautious enough not to let this become a sign of over freindliness with the sales person. It's more out of courtesy.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
12 Jan 09
I know what you mean. I try to draw the line all the time which my grandmom did not and now my mom hardly take care to. I guess, this is generational.
10 Jan 09
Hi. If I have someone here doing maintenance work or is fixing something, or that i have invited in as he is selling or giving information on something I am interested in, I do offer them a drink. Tea, coffee or a cold drink. I don't offer snacks though. Offering someone a drink is the polite thing to do in my opinion. My grandmother however would have produced a pot of tea and a plate of biscuits or cakes if she had been baking! I think that is more of a generational thing producing little snacks!
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@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
12 Jan 09
Yes, i agree this is a generational thing. My grandma used to offer food and sometimes meal!
• India
11 Jan 09
What about you Mimpi? How will you react? I must inform you earlier, about my coming there, if ever it happens so.. because you must not misinterpret to me as one of the sales man or serviceman.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
13 Jan 09
Shut up, will you!?
• India
14 Jan 09
If my friend says so.. surely i will.. Take care friend. Have a good day.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
14 Jan 09
@williamjisir (22909)
• China
11 Jan 09
Hello dear mimpi. To answer your question, I say "Yes, we do." There were a few times when servicemen we called came to help us with our new washing machine when we bought it years ago. Each time he came, we offered him some tea or drinks, he refused to drink it politely, saying that they are not allowed to eat or drink anything offered or provided by their customers. I was surprised to know this and later I found that it is true and that it is the same with some other after-sale service organizations. Anyway, I don't think that it matters for them to drink some tea or eat whatever we customers offer to them, as we won't call to their boss.
• Israel
11 Jan 09
They don't want to risk their jobs over a cup of tea. They know when the repair is a set up to make sure they are doing their job correctly. Here is Israel is is expected to offer water or coffee. In the summer you must offer water to everyone who enters your house or you will be considered rude.
• China
11 Jan 09
Oh, really? I am glad to learn that information in Israel. Thank you for the response, friend.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
13 Jan 09
Thanks both of you. I think its hospitable to offer drink specially during hot season. But we are getting fearful of the fakes and cheats going on around. Better safe than sorry.
@drannhh (15002)
• United States
11 Jan 09
That sort of depends on the circumstancers. Certainly if one asked for a glass of water I would get him or her one or if the person were choking, I'd bring it, and one time I made nachos for a service guy we knew well who was on an all-day job at our place, but usually what I do is put a cold drink and an apple, or snack bar or something in a little bag in the fridge, and then when the service person is leaving I will run and get it out and put that in their hand as they are leaving. That way they can enjoy a snack when and if they want in the privacy of their vehicle without me looking on...hah, and without spilling on my white carpet. Having done service work myself long ago, I generally identify somewhat with service people and usually have an easy rapport with them. I tend to tip them a bit, too.
@krissy32 (205)
• United States
11 Jan 09
Quite sneaky, but hey if it works, great. Good for you. I am sure you will only recieve the best service as word gets around about which homeowners are the best to work in. :)
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@drannhh (15002)
• United States
11 Jan 09
There is so much turnover in employees in the service industry that, really, it is not usual to get the same person twice in a row, and some are so terrible that when we get anyone who makes any kind of effort at all we usually try to do a little something extra for them. I hate it when they act like it is expected, though, and those get nothing extra from me.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
13 Jan 09
I really appreciate drahhnn. And eating it as and when they want and for that providing the bag while they leave is a good point.
@nanajanet (4437)
• United States
10 Jan 09
I have done that. When we had people doing work on our home, or the landscaper comes to mow the lawn and do work around the garden, I will offer them refreshments. I do not offer food as they usually get their own but always a drink of water, iced tea, or lemonade in summer and water, coffee, tea or hot chocolate in winter.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
13 Jan 09
That makes me so happy but it didn't come as a surprise knowing the kind of person you are!
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@nanajanet (4437)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Thanks, but I have to give credit to my parents. I learned about hospitality from watching them as I grew. They were always kind and helpful and everyone loved them.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
14 Jan 09
Yes, it depends on our bringing up. I have sen my grandma , my mom doing this to everyone coming to our house and it still kinda goes on. Sometimes, I fight because some try to use this. But some things would not change.
@dpk262006 (54812)
• Delhi, India
12 Jan 09
Yes, whenever any such person visits our house, I make it a point to offer him 'water' atleast. If he is going to do the job for longer hours and my better half is around, we ensure that he does not leave, without having a cup of tea. Few days back renovation work was going on in our house and all i.e. Sanitary man, Electrician, Carpender and plumber etc. would visit our house. If they used to work for long hours, I not only would entertain them with snacks and tea but would bring hot SAMOSAS for them everyday. On two or three occasions, I found that they were to engrossed in the job that they did not have time to go for lunch. I arranged lunch for them from my own pocket and once a dinner was also served to them because they were there till 10.30 p.m. I feel that they are human beings like us and should be treated in the same manner, as we treat any other person, when he visits our house. Good Post!
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
14 Jan 09
I really appreciate. Thanks.
@dpk262006 (54812)
• Delhi, India
14 Jan 09
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
10 Jan 09
Hi Mimpi....well I am not in the habit of offering anything to a staanger at my door.But if the person is known to me,for eg: I have known my electrician for years,then I do offer him a drink..also the painters who come to my house are quite familar and I do offer them tea when they are painting my house......But no ,I have never offerd any drinks or snacks to any salesman because they are all strangers and I like to get rid of them before they force their goods on me,and also because its not safe to trust strangers at your door....
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
13 Jan 09
I appreciate your response there.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
13 Jan 09
• Australia
6 Apr 09
We offer nice filtered and cool water for workmen that and service people that come here, but they never accept...too frightened I'll poison them over the cost of repairs I suppose! LOL
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
6 Apr 09
LOL I can understand their fear and your genuine hospitality.
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@ajithlal (14564)
• India
29 Mar 09
It is a common custom here in my place to give serviceman or people who do the works or servicing to give tea and snacks. I think most people gives tea or coffee or lemon juice. I think it is nice for people to give tea or coffee or lemon juice for people as this will gives them some refreshment and will helps them to work happily.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
29 Mar 09
We have same kind of customs here as well. And indeed it feels good to have the sales person little chill down from the heat. Thanks for your thoughts.
@liranlgo (5743)
• Israel
26 Mar 09
Hello dear friend, that's a nice topic. I have to say that i am one of those that offer food and drink to anyone that comes into my house, and it does notrealy matter if it is a sales man or a service men. i really think that if you can give somthing in life that will make the other happy or more convinient in the situation that he/she is, you should do it:)
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
26 Mar 09
That's so good to know liran. And this doesn't come as a surprise for me. Its always a pleasure seeing you dropping in.
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