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  • ToUtahNow
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    Originally posted by gear junkie View Post
    Why can't I be as good looking as you Mark? Not that I'd enjoy that type of attention.
    LOL-I'm sure looks had little to do with it or it would have never happened. You need to remember it is the male who is atttacted by physical attributes while the female is looking for security.

    Mark

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  • gear junkie
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    Originally posted by ToUtahNow View Post
    I guess it happens to all of us at one time or another. I had an apartment manager who was also a LAPD officer and I believe took pride in her quest of married men. Her job with the LAPD was a sting for prostitution so it gives you an idea of her looks. One day she asked me to apply lotion on her sunburn and before I knew it she was in a bikini with all of the blinds drawn. I quickly called for my helper and made sure he was working in her unit while I helped her out with her lotion.

    Another customer I had was a divorced mother of two who lived with her mother. When I would come over she would always wear a pheasant blouse with just a pair on panties underneath and excuse her looks as she had just got in from a long flight (stewardess). It was bad enough that she felt comfortable dress in that manner in front of me but if I told he I needed to replace a piece of pipe in the attic she would ask me to hold the ladder while she looked for herself. I recall working on her laundry sink once when all of a sudden she was standing above me straddling my body and I could see all the way up her blouse to he chin. She never asked for any discounts and I often wondered if she was just that naïve. Either way I tried to never go by unless her mom was there.

    Mark
    Why can't I be as good looking as you Mark? Not that I'd enjoy that type of attention.

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  • Service Guy
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    That sexy-flirty stuff never happens to me on jobs. I am partly glad and partly jealous! I guess it would be quite uncomfortable though.

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  • ToUtahNow
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    I guess it happens to all of us at one time or another. I had an apartment manager who was also a LAPD officer and I believe took pride in her quest of married men. Her job with the LAPD was a sting for prostitution so it gives you an idea of her looks. One day she asked me to apply lotion on her sunburn and before I knew it she was in a bikini with all of the blinds drawn. I quickly called for my helper and made sure he was working in her unit while I helped her out with her lotion.

    Another customer I had was a divorced mother of two who lived with her mother. When I would come over she would always wear a pheasant blouse with just a pair on panties underneath and excuse her looks as she had just got in from a long flight (stewardess). It was bad enough that she felt comfortable dress in that manner in front of me but if I told he I needed to replace a piece of pipe in the attic she would ask me to hold the ladder while she looked for herself. I recall working on her laundry sink once when all of a sudden she was standing above me straddling my body and I could see all the way up her blouse to he chin. She never asked for any discounts and I often wondered if she was just that naïve. Either way I tried to never go by unless her mom was there.

    Mark

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  • drtyhands
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    Originally posted by NHMaster3015 View Post
    Maybe she wants you to look at her breasts.?
    Now that's a HUGE plus to being service.Air conditioning,perfume,pretty women.

    Mostly hairy backs,beer bellies and B.O. in the sticks.

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  • DuckButter
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    Originally posted by NHMaster3015 View Post
    Maybe she wants you to look at her breasts.?
    HA! ...
    I have to admit, I've had a few that way.
    Gets a little uncomfy when you're trying to get the job done and move on, you don't want to insult, but you don't want to give the wrong impression either....

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  • NHMaster3015
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    Maybe she wants you to look at her breasts.?

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  • DUNBAR PLUMBING
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    Originally posted by Tyman View Post
    Look them in the eyes and not in the breast.


    I love that idea totally, and I have great difficulty when they wear attire that is more than revealing.

    There are just some things that they have to do on their side of the fence because seriously, it ****'s me up really bad and it's very difficult to work like that.


    One lady I worked for was wearing a very revealing yellow tanktop, every time she bent over discussing the RO system.....I was right there getting a free show.

    I think she glanced down and realized how much cleavage she was showing off, knowing I was quite ....uh...uhm...silent, and she switched shirts the next time she walked through the house.

    Thank you. Don't need that frustration on the jobsite. I love it, but it's the wrong place and time.

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  • Service Guy
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    I actually am one of those plumbers who actually enjoys explaining things to people. Such as how a thermal expansion tank works. Not only does it help me get the sale, but it makes my customers very comfortable. Especially women love to be explained things and have their intelligence respected when it comes to this stuff. The service busniess is all about earning TRUST.
    Most of my customers like my upfront, communicative attitude and give me referrals.
    I don't get along with people who try to tell me HOW to do my job or argue about workmanship, codes or price. (usually men)
    As Dunbar said, I don't seem to have many young men customers, as in general they don't like paying another strange young man for help, as I guess it makes them feel inadequate or something.
    There are exceptions, I have one young male customer that has given me a lot of business, but he is one of those who was spoiled by mom and doesn't like to get his hands dirty. He would rather just write a check. I explain things to him in detail as I do all my customers and have earned his respect and trust.

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  • DuckButter
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    Originally posted by Tyman View Post
    Duckbutter once replied to a complaint of mine about the arrogance of plumbers. D.B. helped me understand that plumbers have "been there and done that". Having the school of hard knocks molds a man, and unfortunately when the mold is set it is difficult to reshape.

    I only have one rule when dealing with women customers. Look them in the eyes and not in the breast.
    I've been calling it the "groundhag day effect", like that movie with Bill Murray where he wakes up each morning and gets to relive the same mistakes over and over....
    Gets frustrating, especially when we get the same adverse reactions over and over about being expensive, regardless how low we may have priced the work...many customers automatically assume a defensive stance for the sake thereof based on assumption.

    The trick is to NOT allow that to effect the way we treat customers overall...admittedly it gets to me on occasion.

    Dunbar made a comment about when woman state they might not be too bright when it comes to plumbing...
    My trick is to chuckle, then pick a career or topic I'm not exactly bright in either..."Thats ok, I doubt you'd want me adding lines to your incoming eletrical service, or framing out an addition on your home either.".
    It's a light hearted way of illuminating that each specialty deserves it's respect and allowing humor to not become insult.

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  • NHMaster3015
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    I have found over the years that most women handle the check book, so treating the well is never a bad idea.

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  • westcoastplumber
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    I would say that about 90% customers a women, I treat them all the same.

    you have to explain the plumbing thing to men and women, this is why they aren't doing the job themselves.

    men tend to take more interest in it, but the women care so they can explain to their husbands why the bill totalled what it did.

    to me they are a ll equals and need to be treated that way.

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  • BadgerDave
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    A true professional treats all customers the same regardless of gender.......etc. Anyone that doesn't is.... unprofessional or at the very least not too smart.

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  • ToUtahNow
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    I treat female clients the same way I would treat any female. Maybe I'm old fashion but I believe they deserve our respect and protection whether they ask/deserve it or not.

    Mark

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  • Tyman
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    Duckbutter once replied to a complaint of mine about the arrogance of plumbers. D.B. helped me understand that plumbers have "been there and done that". Having the school of hard knocks molds a man, and unfortunately when the mold is set it is difficult to reshape.

    I only have one rule when dealing with women customers. Look them in the eyes and not in the breast.

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