(Closed) Are you nice to your furniture delivery guys?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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2638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

I’m nice to everyone I hire to come to my house to help me with stuff. I mean, yes. Common courtesy, I use it. Always.

You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ugh.  Some people are just assholes and think they are better than everyone else.  I’m always nice to every person I hire – why wouldn’t I be?  It’s just basic manners.  The only exception would be if they were acting like dicks, not paying attention to what they are doing, or grossly incompetent.  And even then, I try and be politely firm and not an asshole.

Post # 5
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2783 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I worked for two years in a call centre while I was in school, and that job really opened my eyes to how nasty and horrible people can be towards others. You wouldn’t believe the threats and nastiness…and I worked for a reputable bank, where people called ME!

Ever since then I always make it a goal to be friendly to every single service person I encounter. They are just trying to do their job and earn a living like the rest of us. Being obnoxious or nasty to them is a really pathetic way to feel better about yourself.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It’s a little insane to me that people would be dicks in such a situation. I mean, not for nothing, but do you really want to be shitty to someone who is inside your home and knows where you live? Is that wise??

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

@AcheneMalefic: I’m not going to go out of my way to be his best friend and invite him to sit down for a drink, but I sure wouldn’t be rude for no reason either. I would treat him the same as I do all service folks – with courtesy, unless they are rude to me first or providing poor service.

I will be honest – I didn’t know I was supposed to tip delivery people :- I really didn’t know that was a *thing* at all, and I have had a LOT of furniture delivered to my properties over the years. Oops.  

Post # 8
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1293 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

@iarebridezilla:  lol, especially if he is delivering your new TV or other expensive items. Doesn’t make much sense.

Post # 9
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4523 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@AcheneMalefic:  People are awful.  Some just are incapable of putting themselves in the shoes of others, in this case the guys lugging their heavy furniture around. I say the same about the treatment of the service industry.  Labor jobs are NOT easy.  I’m sorry your guy has to put up with that :-/

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Of course. There’s never any reason to treat a stranger horrible. I can understand becoming upset if they initiated a problem first Though. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

of course! i read your title and literally though ‘why on earth would i be rude to them?’ 

my mother is famous for this though – she’s had contractors at our house on one particular job for about 6 months. she makes different kinds of cookie dough on weekends, and then every night bakes cookies for them for the next day – it’s hilarious! they LOVE her though, and when ever she needs a room painted, deck built, bathroom re model, they are never, ever too busy for her!

she had our plumber for thanksgiving one year!

Post # 13
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3552 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’ve only had furniture delivered once, to an apartment on the third floor with no elevator. I tried to help them park as close to the proper staircase as possible and held all of the doors for them. They came in set the furniture down where I wanted it and left. If they had taken a chunk out of my apartment wall that I would have to pay for I might have been mad, but they were very controlled and well coordinated. I see no reason to be rude to people who are doing their job to the best of their ability.

Post # 14
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491 posts
Helper bee

I can’t imagine anyone would actually respond and say they are mean to delivery people, or really that they are mean to everyone. 

I’m pretty sure there are plenty of a-holes in the world who walk around feeling like they are nice to everyone. They get around their mean behavior by justifying it “He deserved being called an idiot because he was late, or because he picked up the wrong box”  I’m not saying it’s right, just that very few people feel like they are mean. 

 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

What happened to general decency, i.e. being nice to everyone, all the time?  It still amazes me how rude people are.

I waited tables throughout college and then worked in retail, and especially with waiting tables, the customers could be so awful.  My thought on all this was always, so you’re out at a restaurant with people serving you food and you’re this miserable, I can’t imagine how upset you must be the rest of the time.  Along the same vein, if you’re a jerk about getting new furniture moved into your house, how do you act when something bad happens to you?  Whenever I have people over at my house installing something or doing work, I do what my mom’s always done and offer them something to drink or a bite to eat, and I always tip well for their hard work!

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