30 October 2007

No Smoking In-Home Service People

Since moving, we've had the pleasure of welcoming several service people to help fix our stuff. There's been a couple from the HVAC cleaning company (the first guy made the ducts worse, the second guy had to come re-do it all and get it cleaned up), several from the cable company (one the first time to wire but it didn't work right so two more came out to fix what he did wrong then another inside to get the box working and yesterday another for the new box because the first one didn't work right; did you add them up... yes, five just for our TV viewing pleasure), W/D delivery were two guys and I feel that I'm missing another fella but cannot remember where from. Every SINGLE one of those guys reeked of cigarette smoke. As soon as I opened the door to let them in I got smacked in the face with an invisible cloud of ashtray smell that made a trail to wherever they were going and floated around them like Pigpen's dust aura while they were here. Don't get me wrong, every one of those guys have been very pleasant, helpful and professional (palms to the roof for the W/D main guy) and I certainly didn't treat them any different than I would've if they hadn't smelled. But, boy, as a non-smoker who doesn't hang out in smoky environments, that stuff sure hits me like a ton o' bricks (coincidentally, it's actually not as bad as pumpkin guts). Wonder where the unwritten rule is that says it's a good idea to have employees reek when they come into our homes. Same would go for someone who had foul body odor, too much perfume or whose feet stunk so bad you couldn't help but notice. Sometimes these things aren't easy for someone to control (body odor), and I do not fault them if they've tried to un-stink themselves. But, really, why is it OKAY (obviously it is or I wouldn't have had EVERY ONE of my service people stink)? Has this condition been accepted for so long that it'd be next to impossible to get changed? Maybe... when we make a request for an in-home service call we request that the employee doesn't smell? I've known some smokers who don't reek, so I don't think it'd be fair to ask for a non-smoking employee (and wonder, in the Seattle area anyway, if it's even a possibility that there's a non-smoker service guy in the lot). I'm just talking about the stinky smokers, not the non-stinky ones. And, yes, I do not smoke and have never enjoyed being around people who are smoking or who had recently smoked (so the smell lingered). Kissing a guy that smoked was gross and if I ever knew that a guy smoked before I kissed him then I wouldn't kiss him at all. I do not dislike smokers but I do dislike smoking.

8 comments:

Queen Scarlett said...

I think I'm allergic to smoking... I get around people and even get a whiff and I'm hacking and feeling like I need to throw up and shower at the same time.

Bek said...

They just passed a bill in a few towns in our area that smoking will no longer be allowed in rental apts (not sure how they will enforce it). But it is already banned in public areas in my town..no smoking allowed in parks, bus stops, outside restaurants, etc. It is HEAVEN and you don't realize what a difference it makes until you go somewhere that there is smoking every where...

All my service people smell like smoke too... ick. I guess that is because the only place they are ALLOWED to smoke is their car....

Lyle said...

I totally know where you're coming from? The question is: What makes one smoker smell more like an ash tray than another? I've hung around several co-workers who smoke. I can stand, or sit next to one without any problems and others make me want to hurl.

cabesh said...

I'm thinking the person that hires them smokes, so they don't notice it. Otherwise it seems like it would be a problem.

When I worked at the BYU there was a guy who had a BO problem, and my boss had to talk to him about it. Embarassing, but there had been some complaints. It seems reasonable that a boss would handle smoke smell too--unless they can't smell it!

Geo said...

Oh, gee, how would you like to be the boss that had to tell the employee to get with the hygiene program? I almost think it would be easier to tackle the smoking thing.

Monica B. said...

AMEN!!! But in a place like Seattle, can you imagine the discrimination law suits.

luckyzmom said...

Hm.

Doctor Ess said...

hmmm. I don't mind kissing girls that smoke as long as they're cute.