Do you offer refreshments to visiting trades persons

@shelagh77 (3643)
February 12, 2007 6:33am CST
When someone comes to fix your plumbing, build your wall or instal your satellite system, do you offer them a cup of tea or coffee, or do you feel that they are there to do the job as quickly as possible and then leave?
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@mel_87 (856)
12 Feb 07
It depends if they r there for a long time, we have boiler man come round yesterday but i didnt offer him anything lol because they have been out to it 3 times already and its still not fixed lol
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@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
12 Feb 07
hahahahaha does this tell you it is my Daughter lol, well done Girl
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@shelagh77 (3643)
13 Feb 07
ooooooooooooh dear, best not to upset you then! However, it is very aggravating when people who are supposed to know what they are doing as so very bad at their job. Is there no way you can get someone else to do the work, and would they be willing to confirm that the work was botched, because if so you would probably not have to pay for this botched work. You should see advice about this.
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@mel_87 (856)
14 Feb 07
the people who doing the boiler r the manufacturers of the boiler but they didnt fit it they r coming on thursday to take the whole boiler off it will take them a couple of hours and then hoepfully it will be sorted as when i was ill last week i was sat in the cold it wasnt nice lol
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• United States
12 Feb 07
Under certain conditions I do. If they are working outside and it is very hot out, I may offer some water, unless they bring their own. Most workers that are going to be on the job for awhile will bring a thermos of something. But, most times I would say no I do not. They are hired to work and should furnish their own refreshments at break time just like any other job.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
14 Feb 07
You have a point there, I had not thought of that! Habits of a lifetime are hard to break and my trades people are assured of their snacks and drinks lol.
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@gracie73 (66)
• United States
12 Feb 07
It depends on how long they are there. If it has been a half hour and they are still there, then I offer them something. Especially if the weather is extreme and they work outdoors. Something warm in the winter and cold in the summer. Of course, I live out in the middle of nowhere so there is at least a 20 min drive to get something to drink, unless they are local.
@shelagh77 (3643)
14 Feb 07
Yes, with the nearest refreshment so far away they probably appreciate the drink far more. I have also found that work men who have done one job come back very happily to do a small job at very little cost because they enjoy being in my home and being made their drinks etc. I must add that Other Half is always around too, it is not a deux lol.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
12 Feb 07
as it is so hot here most of the time if they here for several hours I offer them water or a soda
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@shelagh77 (3643)
13 Feb 07
That is very kind. I expect they really apreciate a cool drink when they have been working hard.
@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
2 Aug 08
hi shelagh! yeah, we usually offer them drinks and snacks. actually, we always offer them snacks. i can't remember any instance that we didn't. its always been my mother's hospitality, whenever there's a carpenter that's fixing a part of our house, or a plumber that's fixing our water pipe, or a computer technician that's fixing our computer, we always prepare snacks for them. i remember when we got our telephone installed, the technicians worked until lunch and we offered them lunch too which they gladly accepted. i think its a good thing to do since they are working hard to fix our house and they should have a full stomach so they can work effectively. even if we are paying them, the snacks are different. the pay is the equivalent of their work, while the snacks are our way of being grateful.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
9 Sep 08
I bet there is almost a party atmosphere! Much better for working, I think, I know I always produce my best work when I am happy and in a friendly space.
• United States
1 Jul 08
I always offering anyone that comes into my home a drink. I feel that by offering a drink to someone, that is doing a job for you, it shows them your appreciation for the work they are doing.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
9 Sep 08
Do you find that you get a better deal, more consideration and the trades people clean up their mess etc because you offer the refreshments? My friend is always complaining about her tradesmen but she is rather unfriendly to them, never offers refreshments and stands over them glaring. Inever have a problem!
@lamiaa (581)
• Egypt
8 Apr 07
i offer a cup of tea or a nescafe or any thing nice in my home because i treat him as a guest in my home , and if he build a wall i make launch .
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@shelagh77 (3643)
11 Apr 07
I am sorry, there is a funny typo here. I have visions of you launching the poor builder when he has finished the lawn lol. Nescafe, hmmm now THAT is a lovely coffee. I think people will be very happy to receive that.
• India
27 Feb 07
Sometimes I surely offer refreshments to trades peoples like a cup of tea with sweets but that is all. It is just a courtesy. Regarding the work, such trade peoples also feel that it is there earnest duty to complete the work with utmost perfection. And it has always happened at my end.
@shelagh77 (3643)
8 Apr 07
You are lucky, then, as in my country there are a lot of people who try to take a large amount of money for doing very little. The true workers are very precious, but I must admit I am very soft hearted and nobody ever leaves my home without at least a cup of tea.
@KaMlBob (786)
• United States
24 Feb 07
If I get myself something I will offer. Usually by the time the worker leaves I know thier whole life story. I think I try to strike up conversations more than anything. I find all different people interesting and I like to ask questions, like did they grow up here in Tahoe and where they are from if not. Sometimes my 6th sense will ask a question and come to find out many times the person knows someone I know or lived in a city I have lived in!
@shelagh77 (3643)
27 Feb 07
Oh that is lovely! You certainly get great value for that cup of tea! Do you write at all, it must be a very useful talent to be able to ease the life stories from a person.
@whacks (774)
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
In the house, if somebody comes to do something for us, we usually give them something to eat as snacks and drinks and even travelling allowance if he comes from afar. The exception is when we really do not have anything to offer or to give but that's rare. We still follow the Filipino trait of being polite and respectful to others.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
23 Feb 07
That is lovely, both being thoughtful to people who are carrying out work and carrying on your customs at the same time:-) Do you find that you get a better standard of work?
@marlyse (1056)
• Switzerland
17 Feb 07
it depends what and how long they are doing. normally i offer coffee, when its hot then waters and if they stay for longer they become something to eat too. they always are thankful for that and when i have to recall them i have never to wait long lol
@shelagh77 (3643)
23 Feb 07
Exactly so Marlyse. It is nice to be kind and offer refreshments, but we do get a little edge when recalling or when we have furtber work, yes? However, have you seen what rainbow gives them? It is a wonder they do not work for free there, the refreshments are such top class!
@eolivan (414)
• Philippines
12 Feb 07
offering refreshments to visiting trades persons depends really if you know or is always being serviced by that person. and sometimes it makes the service man become comfortable at your place and fix whatever you want properly and also gives special low charges or fees and some trade secrets :)
@shelagh77 (3643)
13 Feb 07
Wow! So you get extra benefits by offering the refreshments, that is very clever, and I have to say I never thought of that! I must be more alert in future. Thank you.
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@zugedanit (1958)
• Philippines
12 Feb 07
We offer them some refreshments.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
13 Feb 07
What do you offer, tea, coffee or do you offer biscuits as well?
@sunny1984 (640)
• India
22 Feb 07
Yes! We must offer becouse it shows the huminity..
@shelagh77 (3643)
23 Feb 07
You must offer, but do you offer because it makes you feel good, or to ensure you get a better standard of work?
@mfpsassy (2827)
• United States
24 Feb 07
How about both
@shelagh77 (3643)
27 Feb 07
oh Sassy! You WOULD say that lol.
• China
4 Apr 07
some friends are just like family.there is no need to make formal arrangements for a visit.except for these very close friends and relatives,making unexpected calls should be avoided as much as as possible.the unexpected guest is welcomed,but whether that welcome is sincere or given out of kindness is another matter.practically everyone has his own plans as to how to spend his time,and it is often perplexing,if not annoying,to be obliged to change one's plans by unexpected visitors.when someone invites you to drop by anytime,they really mean to call first to make sure the time is convenient.
@shelagh77 (3643)
8 Apr 07
Friends and family drop in all the time. Do you offer people who have come to work for you in return for payment refreshments whilst they are in your home?
@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
22 Feb 07
I usually do, specially when they are going to be there for a long time.
@shelagh77 (3643)
23 Feb 07
It is good to offer, isn't it? Do you converse with people as well, or do you hand over their refreshment and retreat to watch from a distance?
@crazyrk (817)
• Brazil
12 Feb 07
No, I don't offer anything but I try to be cool, I offer something only if know the person a long time ago ! Good bye, crazyrk.
@shelagh77 (3643)
13 Feb 07
Thanks for that. Tradesmen are in and out of your home as quickly as possible then?