Tobacco while on the job

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

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  1. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Yeah, you're right - when you do something that has your client so upset it turns into an argument, an apology is the LAST thing you should consider when attempting a resolution to the problem. I always recommend a great big EFF YOU because that is so much more mature and professional than saying "it won't happen again".

    He said it was a good job. Who the hell would be so bullheaded that they would argue away a good job rather than apologizing and coming back again the following week - and the week after that, and the week after that?
    He didn't apologize - he "challenged" her. He lost.

    Spit away. Keeps me in good work!
  2. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,759

    So the 4 kids that were out wrestling and rolling all around on their lawn yesterday, I should have told them to go back in and play the xbox?

    True, you get whatever on a lawn, but still you've "never seen anyone laying in their lawn..." ???? Personally, we're usually sitting in the grass every evening talking to the neighbors watching the kids play.
  3. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    Scott Brickman is higher up the corporate ladder than the vast majority of his clients.
    Owning a landscaping company is different that being a landscaper.

    A commercial truck is a work place environment (I don't know who established that recently, but they did) and It has been illegal to smoke in public/common work places for a while.
    So yes, here too, you cannot smoke in a work truck, moving or not.
  4. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    atone who doesn't realize what people use their lawns for is pretty ignorant of why they do what they do for a living, in the first place.
  5. LawnsharkMB

    LawnsharkMB LawnSite Senior Member
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    I guess it's just where you come from and how you were raised. My dad used to spit tobacco juice on my our bee stings when we were kids. Growing up playing baseball spitting was just something people did.

    I also eat sunflower seeds sometimes when working so they get spit all over people's yard as well. I have plenty of high end customers that I've had a conversation with a big chew in my mouth. Nobody's ever said a word.

    Before reading this thread if a customer walked out and said something about me spitting in the lawn I would probably would be so shocked I wouldn't know what to say.
  6. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    I had a staff sergeant that used to chew sunflower seeds and spit the shells everywhere.
    He would spit them at you while he was talking to you, sometimes bouncing off your chest.
    The guys had a plan that when they got to combat there would be an accidental grenade that fell his way.

    When I got high enough in rank I told him to his face once day "Sergeant, If so much as one more seed shell comes in contact with me or my clothing, I'll personally take you out back of the training area and adjust your attitude"

    although I was a lower rank than him, I was twice his size and one of the more feared combat leaders when it came to being able to see through any trouble my mouth could create.

    He miraculously quit chewing sunflower seeds.

    Had I actually adjusted his personality, sure I would have lost rank, but no one would have EVER respected him or taken orders from him again.
    He would have needed to have been reassigned to where no one knew he had gotten schooled.

    I would really, REALLY reconsidered chew or seeds, if you THINK people aren't disgusted by your habit, it is simply because they are all planning your demise behind your back and haven't told you yet.
  7. Michael J. Donovan

    Michael J. Donovan Head Moderator, Online Communities Staff Member
    Messages: 3,951

    Ok, time to move on from this need to continue posting uncalled for comments and/or attacks at one another

    Thanks :waving:
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