Post by cesmith0709 on Jun 15, 2007 16:32:47 GMT -5
I got a call today from a potential customer. They wanted to have their house cleaned on the regular basis. The problem is that this is a nudiest home. He said that the practice being nude in their home and that they would be nude when I came to clean. Right now it is just me doing the cleaing. I have only been in business a few months. He is willing to be fully dressed when I come to give the estimate but he really wants to be nude when I come clean. This is their way of life at home and I understand that they would want to be that way in their home. I don't want to turn down any customers but this is something I'm not sure about. I will be going and giving him the estimate b/c he agreed to be dressed. He told me that he would understand if I was uncomfortable with it. I am a very open minded person, and don't want to discriminate. Please everyone, tell me if this has ever happened to you or what you would do in this situation. He also said that they always practice this at home and when they recieve other types of services. Guessing when they need repairs. PLEASE!! I need advice.
It`s up to you if you want to clean it, maybe if your not comfortable with the situation, you never will be and should pass. As you say your open-minded maybe give it a try, maybe even yourself clean in the nude. That will probably make them very happy. If you do decide to clean in the nude be careful of harsh chemicals that will irritate you skin. I would assume as nudists though they will only want green / natural products so you should not worry of possible chemical rash`s or burns.
Of course we want to go out of our way to meet customers needs. Each service owner weighs when a customers needs cause burden on themselves and company.
Post by cesmith0709 on Jun 16, 2007 13:18:06 GMT -5
LOL . I Don't plan on cleaning in the nude. My Husband is going to go with me to give this guy an estimate. I will tell him that he is going to have to be dressed while I am there. I isn't going to kill him to wear clothes for a few hours. I also went to a nudist fourm and alot of them said that they would find it suspicous of him asking that, because most nudist keep it private. They said that he should be more than willing to wear clothes while I'm there if he doesn't then his intentions are not good. So my husband is going with me and we even thought about telling him that my husband will be the one cleaning it. LOL I wonder what he is going to say about that. I hope he is willing to corpaorate. My husband thinks if we take this job that he will tell all his nudist friends and we will be stuck cleaning for a bucnh of nudist. The problem is finding employees that wil be willing to clean for them. Yikes. I'm so nerveous. I'm ready for it to be over with.
I would think even attempting to have an employee clean for a nudist would open the door for a variety of lawsuits. You cleaning personally for nudists, thats acceptable.
Open ended on the other side, the homeowner is putting himself / herself in great legal jeopardy by hiring any contractor. Maybe the nudist bulletin board that you visited has some forms for nudists planning on hiring contractors, when they prefer to be nude ( Nude waiver of rights and harm for contractors)
If you could please share that link with me, the nudest online forum.
If this man is willing to be dressed while you are doing the estimate then he shouldnt have a problem with being dressed while you are cleaning. Did you tell him you are uncomfortable with this? It is better to be upfront from the beginning. Personally I do not see where you would be discriminating. I would not clean for someone I knew while they were walking around naked so I know I wouldnt do it for a stranger either no matter what their way of life is. If you are uncomfortable with this you need to tell him and I would suggest putting it in the contract, other wise you may walk into a home full of people walking around naked. No thank you
Post by FreedomClean on Jun 19, 2007 14:16:06 GMT -5
The nice thing about being your own boss is being able to say, "No thanks" to situations that you are uncomfortable with. There have been a couple of situations where I have just had a gut feeling and turned down what, on the surface, seemed to be a profitable job, just because it didn't feel right. You have to trust your instincts and do what you feel is right. If he refused to have written into the contract that all occupants of the home remain clothed for the duration of the cleaning, I would say 'Thank you for your time and for considering us for your cleaning' and walk away from that job.
Post by cesmith0709 on Jun 19, 2007 22:09:38 GMT -5
I appreciate everyone suggestions. I believe that we will not be taking this job. My husband insists on us at least going for the estimate, I think he is more curious about this guy than anything. I guess he wants to get a laugh. I have tried to get him to call him and tell him we are not interested in providing him with our services. We will be going Thurs. I will let everyone know what happens.
Good luck with your estimate. If you are uncomfortable maybe this guy will be interested in your services enough to want to make you comfortable. Would still make sure it was in writing though if you decide to go with it.
There are alot of strange folks out there. I have nothing against the nudist (natural way of life) It would not surprise me though that there are people that simply get a kick out of being naked and putting other people in uncomfortable situations. Reading the start of this thread for the first time, I was thinking to myself this has to be a joke. Who in their right mind is going to ask a complete stranger over for a estimate, nude.
Then again, from some of the other weird customer requests, and stories on here. Seems kinda normal.
Post by cesmith0709 on Jun 21, 2007 16:38:59 GMT -5
Well we went to give the estimate today and when we rang the door bell he came to the door fully dressed. We introduced ourselves and he said that he had totally forgotten about the appointment and that he would have to reschedule. I don't think so. If he wants me to come back out again he is going to pay me for my time. I wasted 1.5 hours on this guy. I'm just going to tell him that I don't have any opeing right now if he calls back. I wanted to call him before we wasted our time and just tell him we wern't interested but my husband insisted on us going. People are crazy!!