I am not going to name names here, as that is not my style. I just want to float this out there to all service personnel. Why on earth would you think it’s ok to use the restroom in my home while conducting your business?
A few years ago, a technician from a cable provider asked my husband to use the restroom. This made hubs feel very uncomfortable, and he reluctantly agreed. The tech proceeded to shift his weight (potty dance) and ask, “Are you sure? It’s number 2.” I affectionately call this “the time the cable guy pooped at my house”. UNACCEPTABLE, SIR!
We recently moved, and I setup for several utilities to get activated at the new place before we moved in. When a tech arrived between the ridiculous window of time given (which will be ANOTHER blog for ANOTHER time) to perform his duty (pun intended) he asked me moments later to use my restroom. When I informed him that I was not setup to entertain guests and therefore had no towels or hand soap available in the bathrooms yet, he said, “That’s ok. It’s just number 1.” As if the thought of him urinating and NOT washing his hands was completely ok. UNACCEPTABLE, SIR! I made quick work to find my handi-wipes, but alas, it was too late. He was done and back out my door. touching things outside and such. Oh. Dear.
- I am skeeved out by strangers using my bathroom.
- It is completely unprofessional for technicians to do this.
- What is with the use of “number 1” and “number 2”? Are we in kindergarten?
- Were there not enough public restrooms along your route to my home? Go drop your waste there.
In closing, I just want to discourage anyone in various professions from even asking the homeowner for restroom use. When I worked in sales and made my rounds, I NEVER used client’s restrooms. Try something like this, “I am going to go down the street to the gas station and use the restroom and I will be right back.” This leaves the homeowner the option of offering you their toilet instead of you making us feel awkward and like we can’t really tell you “no”. Or, better yet, just don’t tell us you have to potty at all. Just say you’ll be back in 10. We’ll understand!