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Tobacco while on the job

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by smallstripesnc, May 14, 2012.

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  1. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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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.
  2. Bashby

    Bashby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 445

    Remiinds me of a scene from Josey Wales... start the clip at the 55 second mark. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MfbYnz8ucc
  3. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    You guys do realize that the client isn't the only one who is "watching", right?

    Someone is ALWAYS watching.
  4. grass-scapes

    grass-scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,552

    exactly. Someone is always watching....Judging....seeing if you are good enough for their lawn guy.
  5. WenzelOSLLC

    WenzelOSLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 709

    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.
  6. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    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?
  7. grass-scapes

    grass-scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,552

    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.
  8. highlander316

    highlander316 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    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 :dizzy:). Also, don't even think about it while running power equipment, although some don't understand why :hammerhead::hammerhead::hammerhead:
  9. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    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.
  10. Snapper Jack

    Snapper Jack LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    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:laugh:
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