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Old 05-14-2012, 05:10 PM
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Last week I was at a gas station in line to pay for fuel and the guy in front of me was also a lawn care business owner.

He was grabbing a few pouches of chewing tobacco and told the cashier he loves doing lawn care because its the one job he can enjoy a chew without getting fired or anything.

I know a lot of company's strictly prohibit tobacco use while on the job so this struck me as odd. He was definitely a bigger company from the looks of his truck and all and he had a crew of guys waiting with the truck outside.
my rule is as long as the client doesn't see it.

meaning no smoking while working. only in the truck between jobs. as for chewing tobacco. well a client better not see you spitting.
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:07 PM
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I may have to buy myself a pouch of chew just to get back at the people who don't pick up their dogs turds haha. Its even worse when you run over it with the mower tire in the morning because you have to smell it all day if the grass is dry!
Remiinds me of a scene from Josey Wales... start the clip at the 55 second mark. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MfbYnz8ucc
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:26 PM
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You guys do realize that the client isn't the only one who is "watching", right?

Someone is ALWAYS watching.
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:29 PM
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exactly. Someone is always watching....Judging....seeing if you are good enough for their lawn guy.
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:46 PM
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Even outside not being allowed to smoke near a doorway because of second hand smoke, get real. Not likely outside.
If you can smell the smoke, you're taking it in.

I personally don't let anyone smoke or chew in my truck or while working. I don't like it and thus I've made my company policies reflect my views.

And as far as people watching, even if the client isn't there someone else may see it. If you're mowing in front of a biz and someone on the road sees you smoking they might find it unacceptable and in turn find the biz unacceptable because they hired someone that has a "Disgusting" habit.
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:50 PM
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my rule is as long as the client doesn't see it.

meaning no smoking while working. only in the truck between jobs. as for chewing tobacco. well a client better not see you spitting.
You talk like you have a crew and manage a "big" company. You work by yourself. Who else is there to apply your rule to if you work solo? Do you smoke?
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:05 PM
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You talk like you have a crew and manage a "big" company. You work by yourself. Who else is there to apply your rule to if you work solo? Do you smoke?
What does it matter if he is solo or manages a big company. A policy can be created in a company and any FUTURE employees must adhere to that policy. Isn't it better to have guidelines for yourself and others who work for you than to just fly by the seat of your pants?

I am pretty sure that most of us started as a solo operator, unless they bought the business or it was handed down to them from family.
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:12 PM
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for now, my policy is, don't do it in the truck (I don't want my trucks to reek), or on the customer's property. If you gotta smoke, do it by the truck, and put the butts in an empty bottle (I had one guy put them in his pocket, I was waiting to see him running around one day with his pants on fire ). Also, don't even think about it while running power equipment, although some don't understand why
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:17 PM
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What does it matter if he is solo or manages a big company. A policy can be created in a company and any FUTURE employees must adhere to that policy. Isn't it better to have guidelines for yourself and others who work for you than to just fly by the seat of your pants?

I am pretty sure that most of us started as a solo operator, unless they bought the business or it was handed down to them from family.
Have you read any of his posts? He works solo and doesn't want employee's. He only charges enough to pay for half the rent and utilities at his parents house. There isn't going to be any employee's. Oh yeah, he charges his grandma to cut her grass.
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:20 PM
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Pfff...this up tight society we live in these days is rediculous. It was once considered more than acceptable to smoke anywhere you damn well pleased and now its like you go around kicking peoples dogs. Even outside not being allowed to smoke near a doorway because of second hand smoke, get real. Not likely outside.

I do respect others that dont smoke and try my best to stay clear of them, but makin you look unprofessional because you have a smoke or dip while your working...really? How is that? Because society deems it as tabboo. Whatever. Smoking is a freedom i enjoy and others have the right to tell me to stay away from them while i smoke but unless a customer has an issue with me smoking while i work then i will not do so.
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Although I no longer smoke(been free for two years) I totally I agree with what your saying,Only in America will you find these ridiculous society groups preaching how their air space is being infringed upon outside,yeah right. You want clean air,then start partitioning that all combustion engines must seize operations immediately and learn how to horse back or ride a bicycle again,like that'll happen anytime soon
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