Lets share our dumbest employee moments… I will start and lets see who can top this…
A now former employee, while washing a house decided he needed to go to the bathroom asap and didnt ask his crew leader if he could use the truck and go down the street to the gas station… so he goes up to the house, infront of a window, starts urinating, and the customer was on the other side sitting in a chair reading a book… lets see who can top that.
I came to inspect a job, local flight tower at the airport. The bottom 1/4 of all the glass panels was not done, for weeks. I questioned the employee who did the job, he said “they don’t look down there”…Oye Vey.
A good friend of mine helping me on a job and had to take a deuce real bad, so he used the basement bathroom and plugged up the toilet. Luckily I found a plunger and snuck it through the basement window. We couldn’t stop laughing for days.
Today one of my best guys went to Wednesday morning’s job (its currently Tuesday). The customer at the house they showed up at didn’t say anything about us being a day early, and they happily started the job.
The person who was actually scheduled was pissed. I decided to offer her $100 off her service for the inconvenience.
My wife had already switched the two customers on the schedule. I didn’t notice that, and my dumb ass texted the client and gave her $100 off for no reason other than we came a day early.
Still gave the lady who was supposed to be on today $100 as well. $200 down the drain. FML lol
So i had this guy i worked with filling up our waterfed buffer tank and he forgot to check it in time went upstairs to grab a coffee…
When he got back the tank was overflowing and tbe water was coming out of the doors in the cabine of the van( that van was only a week old).
This was a former coworker at Fish, named Clayton. He had a habit of using the customer’s restroom immediately after we arrived at a job without asking. One occasion in particular, he goes into this woman’s master bathroom and starts taking a dump while she’s trying to get ready for work. She found me outside and asked us to leave. Good times. Funny thing is this guy claimed to be a college professor and is one of the biggest morons I’ve ever met. We still call using the bathroom “taking a Clayton.”
This was back when I was just a manager, so they weren’t technically my employees but I was still in charge of them. I get a call from one of our summer helpers, he and his partner couldn’t figure out how to get the hose on to the pressure washer. After a few minutes of trying to talk them through it on the phone it became clear I was going to have to drive out to them. I was 40 minutes away doing estimates at the time. When I get there, it turns out the reason they couldn’t thread the hose onto the machine is because they ran over the fitting with the truck tire… Also, they told me there was no other hose they could use either in the truck or at the property… within two seconds of pulling into the driveway I saw the customers garden hose attached to their wall. Normally I didn’t like the guys using the customer’s hose but still, I was speechless that they decided the best way to move forward was to sit around for over an hour and not just use the customer’s hose and maybe take a couple bucks off of the invoice.
So not my employees, but former boss. He:
-Would toss steel wool into the bushes at each homeowners property as it “biodegrades”
-Go through their drawers to find a sharpie to mark screens
-One time we were power washing and he couldn’t make it inside so he sh!t in the woods behind the house in between a freeway
-Cooked up his own solution of pool shock and dawn to soft wash in backpack sprayers which would turn into mustard gas and spray him in the face every other use due to expanding gas
I really could keep going on. Crazy thing is the dude actually is busy and makes money being the cheapest alternative.
Many years ago we were doing a house where the homeowner had shut the water off for the winter. All knew about this because we were working out of water jugs. One employee peed in the toilet and got the single flush available. One other employee apparently didn’t know that and took a dump afterward. Obviously a problem with no water in the tank. He never said a word about it. I found out many days later when the homeowner called me when the ‘damage’ was easily discovered. To say that was extremely embarrassing is an understatement.