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Old 05-06-2018, 10:50 PM   #11
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are you busy? can you move your truck so I can get my car out?
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Old 05-14-2018, 01:46 PM   #12
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I had that issue with my employer before. He'd ask me to go in these houses where dogs were loose and nobody was home. I refused and he would get livid. The last time I refused, he yelled an f bomb into the phone and hung up on me.

When I went back later and the customer (tenant) was home, they had the dog outside next to them and it was still doing that side eye low growl at me. They kept having to tell it to shut up.

The next time I had a dog encounter was at a repipe where the tenant was not expected to be home. I got halfway across the porch and the medium sized dog came tearing out and lunged at my leg and tore my pants.

When I went back the next day to finish the job and she was home she tried to insist that the dog was fine. I told her that I wasnt comfortable working with a dog that tried to bite me running loose. She argued and tried to tell me that she didnt gave anywhere to lock the dog up.

I finally had to tell her that I wasnt going to step foot inside until the dog was contained somewhere away from me.

Common courtesy if someone is coming to your house is to separate your dog from guests, or at least calmly introduce them to see how the dog reacts to a stranger.

My dog isnt mean but I put him into a crate when people come over so he doesnt knock somebody down.
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How about when you move heaven and earth to arrive during their scheduled time window, and then they tell you that you need to be done in an hour because they have to leave? I just love that one.
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:13 AM   #14
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A few months back we had a guy ask us to remove our boots when we entered the home. I wasn't crazy about the idea but it was my first week with the company and I didn't want to make any waves, since the guy I was riding with complied without hesitation. It wasn't even a rainy, muddy or snowy day. On thinking about it later I realized that OSHA would have really frowned on that, and I would have been pissed at all involved including myself if I had gotten injured because of agreeing to that customer's prissy demands. Forget about suggesting booties. I'd get laughed at if I suggested that we use them. What customer requests that potentially affected your safety have you guys gotten and what did you do? If the same thing happened today I would politely tell him that I couldn't because of safety issues, and point out politely that there is no weather on that day which would cause me to dirty his floors. I get that you like to keep your house clean and that is an effective way to do it, but you have to break some eggs to make an omlet and if you want the work don it is just something that you have to put up with.
As far as OSHA that doesn't apply in a customers resident. I would always carry another pair when i did service. Most times if my boots weren't bad the customer would be ok with not changing them. I would always ask though.
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I had that issue with my employer before. He'd ask me to go in these houses where dogs were loose and nobody was home. I refused and he would get livid. The last time I refused, he yelled an f bomb into the phone and hung up on me.

When I went back later and the customer (tenant) was home, they had the dog outside next to them and it was still doing that side eye low growl at me. They kept having to tell it to shut up.

The next time I had a dog encounter was at a repipe where the tenant was not expected to be home. I got halfway across the porch and the medium sized dog came tearing out and lunged at my leg and tore my pants.

When I went back the next day to finish the job and she was home she tried to insist that the dog was fine. I told her that I wasnt comfortable working with a dog that tried to bite me running loose. She argued and tried to tell me that she didnt gave anywhere to lock the dog up.

I finally had to tell her that I wasnt going to step foot inside until the dog was contained somewhere away from me.

Common courtesy if someone is coming to your house is to separate your dog from guests, or at least calmly introduce them to see how the dog reacts to a stranger.

My dog isnt mean but I put him into a crate when people come over so he doesnt knock somebody down.


I almost got mauled by a german sheppard long ago and luckily I had a sharp peice of jagged pointed flu pipe in my hands,, The dog saw me and bolted through the back door and I ran out the front door,,,, as I was trying to get the door open, he came at me and I took that sharp peice of metal and cut his nose open from top side to side down to the bone..........

The dog recoiled in pain while I got out the screen dooor and the dog hit the glass wanting a peice of my hide real bad...

Their was blood literally pumping out of the dogs nose and the owner thought the dog had mauled me ... a huge pool of blood poured out all over the tile floor in the entrance way...

The owner was just happy that the dog had not injured me and apologized to me and I told her I was sorry about cutting up the dogs nose.....She had to get ice and a towell and hold it to the dogs nose for about 5 minutes like a cold compress to get the bleeding to stop..


I wont hesitate to part a dogs scalp with a claw hammer if its gonna come down to me or him.... the dog is gonna lose. Fido is gonna learn a hard lesson about what a claw hammer in the hands of a plumber can do.........




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I had that issue with my employer before. He'd ask me to go in these houses where dogs were loose and nobody was home. I refused and he would get livid. The last time I refused, he yelled an f bomb into the phone and hung up on me.
I think we worked for the same guy! Lol

Not about dogs but, I was sent to a Home once where no one was answering. I called dispatch on the radio and of course my boss jumps in and tells me that he already spoke to themanagement company and that I could go in through the back door.

Not crazy about the idea, but followed through and walked into the back.

As I walked inside I was met by a frightened looking 12 year old girl with her baby brother.

I said I’m sorry, there’s been a misunderstanding, I’m going to leave and you need to lock the door!

I radio’d dispatch and told them the situation and that I would not be entering the house. Here goes my boss, “ it’s already been worked out, the parents and MC know the situation.”

I responded, “so everyone knew but me? Pleas send me to another job or I will happily go home for the day?” Didn’t here another word from the boss.
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