TIPS on the job?? Never had much luck there, maybe I'm not as good a tech as I thought.
I do have one story though that goes to show just how CHEAP owners are:
We have had this particular client for about 4 years now. It's a manufacturing plant. They have a MAU that we have been servicing. Well, one day we get a call that the MAU is down and we need to come fix it. Ok, two of us go out and lo and behold, the customer HAD MOVED THE MAU from the original location to a new spot about 30 feet away. I mean they moved the dang thing!!!! They were blaming us for breaking it and told us they expected it to be fixed under warranty. The kicker is that the MAU was made of 2 modules you can bolt together (pretty big) and you have to unbolt the sections to move it. So it was pretty obvious that someone didn't put it back together right.
But wanting us to fix it because it was under our service contract, but you take it apart, move it, and try to put it back together?
About 10 years ago, we did 2 rooftop changeouts at a local McD's.
Originally Posted by yellowirenut
Middle of July, hottest days of the year.
They made us pay for cold drinks.
I was working in one guys place. He had a ton of health problems and as a result was on so many different medications that he was pretty out of it most of the time.It was close to Christmas and I had finished what I was doing and he insisted on giving me a bottle of whisky(which I dont drink).I tried to politely say no but he kept going on and on ,so I finally took it,said thanks and its sat at my house ever since. Talked to a couple of other guys I work with and he had given them bottles too.
I have a bottle of vodka around my house somewhere. It got from an old boss around 1983. It was never opened.wonder if it still good?
Unopened bottles in the house?
Are you sure you're real hvac guys?
.....the 5#bag of pistachios i got last year
Originally Posted by qwerty hvac
I get tipped very frequently, sometimes every day. One lady gives me $50 every time I do her maintenance. I have been tipped $100 before. One nut job gave me $340 to get my cat spayed. I also get some bottles of wine.
Yesterday, a customer gave me a CD of him playing traditional Persian music on a dulcimer.
The pistachios sound good right now, I'm hungry.
Back in '96, a customer gave me a CAR! It was an '84 Lynx, 32K miles, dead battery and a hole in the muffler. Clean as a pin inside and out! New battery $35, tune-up & oil change $40, new exhaust $130. Ran & drove great, and 1 year later I sold it for $2300.
I had to work in the penthouse of a big wash dc building. It was like eight bedroom and the brochure for the place said 1 bedroom starting at 1.9 mil. I had better not say her name but some of you have probably heard of her. She gave me two dollars.
It was embarrassing that she must have been so wealthy and so distorted in her opinion of what I make, that she thought two bucks was a nice gesture. It is around four bucks for a cup of coffee in that area.
Guinness for strength
I just got 10 for a diagnostic today.
I always so no,... no need to its my job. But they still insist. Gotta love it!
Silent Service........ Death From Below!
Somewhere in Kansas, a town found a village idiot!
flirting with broken arms or??????
we had a wealthy rezzie customer that i did a clean & check for , ok , routine boring job , got the invoice signed & off the clock on my way out the door she says could you please fix the cord on my washing machine?? "mam , i say politely , i'm off the clock and on my way to my next call" Oh don't worry i'll just pay u it won't take long , ok not to offend a long time customer . well , it was a pita job , now i'm behind sch. & fer sure missing lunch to make it up. she smiles at me and says "sorry , i don't have any money" i didn't care about the money but the way she said it and smiled and said it meaning you like it or not , tough!!! I read her out good and left steaming , being too young to have learned the fine art of tactfulness. when i related this story to another tech he looked at me and made the sign of the cross at me and said i should find a priest for the last rites as her husband was the current head of the chicago mafia that nobody told me ahead of time.. had me watching my back for a long time
Originally Posted by B_roche
She made you an offer that you couldn't refuse...until it was too late!
Originally Posted by rojacman
Once had a customer that was VERY rich, had done his work for years, and he had always given me a Christmas card with $50-100 in it, one Christmas eve I was at home and he called me (like a dipstick I gave him my home #) went to his house and fixed the problem when I was ready to leave he handed me an envelope, I thought whoopie a $50 tip for messing up Christmas Eve, when i got home I opened it and the were 10 crisp $100 bills in it
I was real glad he called
i have had money, food, booze, furniture and alot of other stuff. one time after a p.m. and the last job of the day i was doing the paperwork and drinking a beer with the ho we got on the subject of elvis. long story short he had a concert ticket for syracuse that elvis never made it to. i think it was his next show. i don't know what it's worth but me being a huge elvis fan i thought it was realy cool. the best tip ever got.