can i use your bathroom?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, Dec 4, 2001.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
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    i got really overbooked for leaf cleanup, so i arranged to do some of it together with a gentleman who owns a tree service. well, today, while we were at a job, this guy drops his blower and goes behind the customers shed and, takes a pee. i almost had a heart attack! i could not believe this was happening! when we were done, and got in the truck, i told him, DO NOT EVER DO THAT AGAIN! he said he always does that. but if i wanted him to, from now on he would knock and ask the customer to use the bathroom, i said that is not a great idea either. told him to bring an empty jug and maybe not drink 5 cups of coffee on the way to work. ok, so, is it ok to ask the customer to use the bathroom? am i wrong for freaking?
  2. GreenStar

    GreenStar Banned
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    not at all i carry 3 large gatorade jugs with me at all times. the big ones from kroger. this saves alot of headaches
  3. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
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    This reminds me of that "Famous" Peein' in the bushes from way back.

    As for me.... Out of site, out of mind. What the customer cant see, cant hurt them. This time of year, your not going to sweat it out! Only problem is that trees and bushes are bare this time of year, so you really have to look for a good well hidden spot! Some lawns just dont have a "good" spot. Then you just hold it!!!

    It's human nature, everybody has to urinate. Just use your common sense. Its not like your writing your name on the side of their house with pee!!!
  4. Lawn Dog2001

    Lawn Dog2001 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I dont think there is any thing more unproffesional than asking a customer to let you use there bathroom. I tell all my employees that if they need to use the restroom to please let me know and I will stop at a gas station in between jobs.

    As for "peein in the bushes" so to speak, I think at one point or another we have all done that. I wouldnt mind it depending on where we were at the time. My position is this. If you are 100% sure no one is going to see you, and you just cant hold it than its ok. Peeing on someones shed though is just outright disrespectful.
  5. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
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    as long as you cant be seen, i dont think there is a big problem, with peeing in the woods, or bushes.
  6. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
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    DONT PEE ON THE SHED!!! i have peed in woods behind customers homes. but in this case, behind the shed is wide open to the neighbors back yard. i just dont like it
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah, if it's wide open to the neighborhood in back, then it kind of defetas the purpose of going behind the shed, doesn't it? An old tide bottle works well for this as well. It was stated that someone carries 3 bottles with them, I only carry one, as I dump it right at the site after I'm all done with the job.
  8. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I actually had a landscape client tell me before I started the first job that if I or one of my crew needed to use the restroom to please use the one in the house as opposed to the woods behind her house. Must have been from past experiences with other contractors...;)....I didn't ask.
  9. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    maybe he is "that" way
  10. Chopper Lover

    Chopper Lover LawnSite Senior Member
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    Lawn Dog... You need to work on your imagination. :D I can think or MANY of less professional things to do! :angel:

    Personally, I have asked a customer only once. This particular customer owns a very large construction company which he built from the ground up (pun intended). He understands what it is like to be a "working class dog" from sun up to sun down. Not only has he offered up his bathroom, but has also offered use of his pool on hot days and access to his fridge in the garage if I ever get thirsty. On the other hand, I have a few rural yards bordering forests where I can become invisible in a matter of ten steps. If asked I were to be asked what I was doing, I simply state "I was checking out some deer".

    I try to plan my day around bathroom breaks, and visa~versa. I know there are some parts of the day I may have to hold it a while and others where it is not an issue. I just try to plan accordingly. When all else fails I just climb into my enclosed trailer and fill any available container I can find.

    The simple fact is this... It doesn't matter where you are or what you are doing.... When you gotta go, YOU GOTTA GO!


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