Needy Maintenance Men

@MoonGypsy (4616)
United States
April 25, 2013 4:50pm CST
the guys that i have come over to cut my lawn is getting on my nerves. first of all, i hate when people ask to use your bathroom. i HATE people in my bathroom unless you live in my house. another thing, is that they ask for something to drink. lookit, i am not the most hospitable person in the world. to me that was asking way to much when i am paying 200 dollars. for all of that, they should have went outside and use water hose for something to drink. god!
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@celticeagle (109418)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Apr 13
I don't like strange men in my home at any time. I would speak to the company and encourage them to make sure water is made available. They could be robbers in their off hours. You just don't know anymore. And why do they choose your house? I might be suspicious.
@MoonGypsy (4616)
• United States
26 Apr 13
exactly! why didn't just they go before they came on the job to my house?
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@celticeagle (109418)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Apr 13
I see alot of the workers around here with a big tank of water on their truck. They should do this and not be bothering neighbors. If they bother you again I would contact their boss.
@celticeagle (109418)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Apr 13
In my community for every five workers they have to have on of those porta-potties set up for them.
• United States
26 Apr 13
My boyfriend is an apartment maintenance worker and he also does air conditioning repair for homes as well. One time he got called to work on a houses air conditioner but the unit was outside. It was hot so he drank a lot of water, bottled water he brought himself. But he really needed to pee after that, the owner of the house, a man, told him to drive to the mcdonalds down the street. When I heard about it, I was so pissed. I do understand where you are coming from but its very possible if you are using a company service that sends their workers out, those guys are not getting paid $200, most of it is going to go to the company and the workers will just make a base hourly rate for it. They are doing you a service, they most likely are not making a lot for the hard work and labor they are doing, so you should show them kindness and respect if they need to use the bathroom.
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@MoonGypsy (4616)
• United States
26 Apr 13
no, they won't be using my bathroom next time. sorry. in fact, i will tell them what they told your husband. i will point them to where a bathroom is down the street. they are getting paid. they are not doing me a free service. maybe that would be different.
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• United States
26 Apr 13
That's your right, but do you think you at least have the capacity to be polite about it? Because frankly, a lot of your responses on this post, including yours to me, seems like all you care about is money and you come across as you think you are above these workers. Whether its free or not, they are still doing you a service. No you don't have to let them use your bathroom but you still need to be polite to them and not look down on them. No matter what the cost, they are still doing hard labor for you, don't be rude to them.
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@blackrusty (3534)
• Mexico
26 Apr 13
well i hope he whips it out and pees all over your yard as you wont allow him to use your bathroom have a great look probly the only thing you have ever seen
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@MoonGypsy (4616)
• United States
26 Apr 13
ah, ha i knew some a$$ hole would understand.
@cynthiann (18576)
• Jamaica
26 Apr 13
I would haqve given them water but not in my house as I would have told them that I would bring it outside to them. I would not have liked them using my bathroom at all and would have asked them to have used ther staff bathroom before coming to my house. They may be planning to rob me at a future date.I would not like this at all
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@MoonGypsy (4616)
• United States
26 Apr 13
the next time, i will have ask the owner of the company this request that you suggested. it's not a company it's a private owner, so it's bit more sticky. better than just my alter ego coming out on a bad day and telling them flat out no.
@cupkitties (6690)
• United States
26 Apr 13
$200!? See I was raised in an environment where most women will come out and serve you a nice, cold glass of iced tea or lemonade if you happened to be working at their home and it was a hot day out, so I'm kind of that way too, but for $200 they can buy their own damned drink and hike their leg up on a tree.
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@MoonGypsy (4616)
• United States
26 Apr 13
so, you see what i am saying about their prices, huh? lol. sorry, i just can't even find it in myself to be that hospitable.
• United States
25 Apr 13
I guess if it happened once I wouldn't mind as much. But, if this is happening every time they come over I would put a stop to it. That's not right to me. There are many places along the way to stop, go pee or poop..whatever, and get something to drink too. I wouldn't like it so I do agree with you. It just really doesn't sound right to me. What would they do if you weren't home?
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@MoonGypsy (4616)
• United States
26 Apr 13
well, if we weren't home, they wouldn't be able to get into our yard. also, they needed to use the electrical outlet.
@wolfie34 (26893)
• United Kingdom
25 Apr 13
I would find this a touch uncomfortable, I wouldn't like strangers coming into my home, you never know if they have an ulterior motive, to take a nose at what you have, and whether they are making a recce of your home to see if there are any valuables, well it has been known, or whether it's a genuine request or not, how can you be sure? On the other hand, if they really need the toilet, you would I am sure feel a touch awkward in refusing them the request, in short, you are stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea.
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@MoonGypsy (4616)
• United States
26 Apr 13
supposedly one time, i just refused the request and tell them my bathroom is out of order. lol. now, that would be funny.
@andy77e (5171)
• United States
26 Apr 13
Treat others as you yourself would want to be treated.
@MoonGypsy (4616)
• United States
26 Apr 13
well, i wouldn't charge anyone $200 to cut a yard. how about that.
@andy77e (5171)
• United States
26 Apr 13
Easy to say when you are not running the business, paying the benefits, paying for fuel, paying for fixing the mowers, and paying all the stupid government fees and regulations. If it's not worth $200, than do it yourself. Or maybe it is worth $200, and that's why you hired them. Well, I wouldn't be a jerk. How about that?
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@uath13 (8227)
• United States
26 Apr 13
$200 ??? What are they having to do trim the grass with scissors? Carve the shrubs to look like animals?
@MoonGypsy (4616)
• United States
26 Apr 13
lol. they had to cut down this big gigantic bush that had fallen over and formed a big arc in our yard. to, me it's still to much, though.
@uath13 (8227)
• United States
26 Apr 13
And this took a crew & cost that much? My dad & I used to remove trees & a good sized fully standing one only took a couple hours. We had lunchboxes & coolers in the truck if we needed drinks & would have charged far less as we'd have chopped up the wood we hauled off & sold it as firewood. A tree most of the way down or on the ground would have been quick. Where'd you find these guys?
@mariaperalta (19225)
• Mexico
25 Apr 13
Im like you are. i dont have a bathroom in my internet cafe. Sometimes kids rent 2-3 hours and need to use mine. i let them. But I sure dont like to.
@MoonGypsy (4616)
• United States
26 Apr 13
are you going to consider putting one in for customers?
• Mexico
26 Apr 13
Nope, its very hard in mexico to get permits. Also because my cafe is in the old garage. Wed have to dig up floors and things to connect pipes. Would cost alot of money.
• Jacksonville, Florida
26 Apr 13
Whenever it is hot outside and someone is doing a service for us I do bring them water, I don't want them to be sweating and dying of thirst. I just think about what if it was me out there sweating with nothing to drink? How would I want to be treated? I would probably want someone to bring me some water to drink so I could quench my thirst...
@MoonGypsy (4616)
• United States
26 Apr 13
yes, but they are not doing the service they free. they charge and they do it hefty. why can't they supply their own drinks. it wasn't even hot outside. is it right for them to use different houses to get perks while they supposed to be on the job. maybe i should call a more professional company next time.
• United States
26 Apr 13
I would feel uncomfortable as well. I know when I was living in Idaho it was so hot once (close to 100 degrees) and the men had ran out of water. I had a few extra bottles of water and gave them to the men. I offered it to them because I was so afraid that the men might have fainted because it was so hot out. I feel that it is up to each individual person to decide if they want to offer someone a drink of water.
@MoonGypsy (4616)
• United States
26 Apr 13
well, it wasn't hot over here today. it was nice and cool and our yard is small. as much money as they charge, they should provide their own water.
@Raine38 (8910)
• United States
26 Apr 13
I hate to sound too particular or even snobby, but I am not comfortable letting strange men inside my bathroom. I know that the poor guy needs to relieve himself as well, but try to look it at the perspective of the woman of the house.
@MoonGypsy (4616)
• United States
26 Apr 13
i can't stand strange men or strange women in your bathroom. woman are more likely to be noisy about what's in your bathroom.
@dagami (1166)
• Rome, Italy
25 Apr 13
i hate other people using my toilet too. however, in this case, the choice was always a no win for you. had you refused, they would have done it in your yard and it could have been more awful.
@MoonGypsy (4616)
• United States
26 Apr 13
there is actually a place out side of my yard they could have went to. i wish they would have just been men and went outside. i also didn't want to have to serve them something to drink.
@Pegasus72 (1904)
27 Apr 13
I don't think we have had that problem with the bathroom anyways, but our landlord's men are always asking to borrow my husband's tools to get the job done they were asked to do in our home, and also don't pick up the messes that they make.
@bellis716 (4808)
• United States
27 Apr 13
What you said about youself, that you are not the most hospitable person, is true. I always offer an¥ workman cold water to drink and have to qualms about letting them relieve themselves in my bathroom. Since I have a problem holding my  urine, I can be sympathetic to other's problems.
@sid556 (31019)
• United States
26 Apr 13
Hi moon, I think we are opposites. I did not even think of the robbing aspect of letting one of them use my bathroom. I would have just let him in. I guess I figure that if I trust them enough to be out working in my yard and paying that kind of money to then he's probably fine. And I never have a problem giving someone a drink of water. I know they are making big money but are they? Or is their boss making the big money? If you feel it is too much, you should ask around and do some price checking and see what other companies charge.
@viju0410 (2286)
• India
26 Apr 13
Hi, Whenever we hire men to work, i make sure they are treated well. This is becuase my husband also works as a Supervisor/ contractor to electrical maintenance work and many a times he need to find a suitable restroom for the female labors and a tea stall/ snacks nearby the locations he works. And he never ask the owner to provide all facilities to work. But when people work in our home, we do provide them drinks/ snacks (usually tea with biscuits/cookies,savories etc)and we don't deduct anything from their payment. Oh, using my bathroom is not a major issue as so far none of these workers has never messed up anything there....lol.
• Philippines
26 Apr 13
i think the best way to prevent him from going inside your house is to prepare a pitcher of water and a glass outside while he is working. and if he wants to use the bathroom, tell him that its broken. you shouldn't let anyone inside. he might be up to something. there are lots of robbery cases happening in our country. robbers strike even at daylight or with the owner of the house present. you should be careful.
@kokomo (1868)
• Philippines
26 Apr 13
That is too much for strangers. But I think, I will consider him if he will just ask to use my bathroom and ask for a water for just once but if it is already a habit than that's different and intolerable.