Awkward questions you've always wanted to ask someone who works in a specific job...

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PinocchiosLeftNostril Tue 08-Oct-13 12:32:57

grin

I thought this would be a good way for us to get answers to those awkward questions we would never dream of asking someone to their face in their place of work.

These are questions relating to my life that i would love honest answers to.

Hairdressers - When someone with bad dandruff/psoriasis sits on your chair, do you shrug it off, or do you quickly have a look to make sure it's not lice? Are you able to tell the difference right away or does it need investigating? And do you really want to know what my plans are for the day, or would you rather work in silence?

Teachers - do you get annoyed when parents write in homework diaries that a specific piece of homework was too tricky for their child? Do you take it as an insult to your teaching skills?

Waiter/waitresses - do you expect people to offer to clean up their children's mess before they leave, or do you just shrug it off as part of the job? If you're busy and haven't had chance to clean a table yet, and a new customer came up and asked for a cloth to clean it, would you be offended?

I'm a trainee SLT so not quite sure if I'm qualified to answer any questions regarding that line of work yet.

But i have experience working in a Subway sandwich store, a library, a gym and as a cleaner. So i can answer any cleaning, book or sandwich questions that are burning away inside you all. smile

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Tue 08-Oct-13 14:38:09

I don't think they wouldn't, I would just like to know why they would.

unfortunatedischarge Tue 08-Oct-13 14:38:44

looking at an international move freewee any recommendations on cardboard? I want to go with cheap and cheerful, dh thinks we need double walled like last time.. I say if they are being picked up and physically moved anyway it makes no difference

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 08-Oct-13 14:41:05

It seems like a strange question. Why does any doctor choose to specialise in anything?

That's a genuine question from me, now I think about it grin. Medical specialists, how do you decide whether to train as a heart surgeon/endocrinologist/urologist etc?

unfortunatedischarge Tue 08-Oct-13 14:41:20

And I'm pissed at your insinuations tbh

Well personally I think at best it would put you off fannies... but I don't know which is why I wondered. But I didn't see anyone insinuate anything so... maybe you are reading something not there?

The question could have easily been why would anyone become a dentist.. I have also found that puzzling. It seems a vile job.

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Tue 08-Oct-13 14:42:04

And as it happens, I'm waiting for the gynae ward to phone me to tell me whether they have a bed for me so I can have a hysterectomy tomorrow. It'll be done (fingers crossed) by the same male consultant who I've been seeing for the past 20 years. He's very good at his job but I've always wanted to ask him why he chose that specialism in the first place.

Who know, if I get enough pre-med, maybe I will! grin

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Tue 08-Oct-13 14:43:07

That 'pissed' cooment was to Oneman not you unfortunate smile

unfortunatedischarge Tue 08-Oct-13 14:44:27

Oh and for the record I can completly understand why men would enjoy the OB aspect of Ob/gyn, but I don't believe all gynaecologist do ob.gyn?

LauraChant Tue 08-Oct-13 14:44:32

Surgeons! What happens if you need the loo during a long operation?

AndThatsWhatIThinkOfYou Tue 08-Oct-13 14:46:02

if always wondered if a tattooist would refuse to tattoo a person if they thought the tattoo would look ridiculous. Any tattooists on mn?

unfortunatedischarge Tue 08-Oct-13 14:46:22

or just got mad shits? Wouldn't they have to end it?

JellyQuivvers Tue 08-Oct-13 14:46:39

Good question LauraChant!!!!

unfortunatedischarge Tue 08-Oct-13 14:47:49

I think I have heard of tattooist refusing on "artistic" grounds. It probably includes doing racist or gang related tattoos too

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Tue 08-Oct-13 14:49:30

I'd also like to ask anyone who does a 'serious face' job what they do when something strikes them as double over laughingly funny. I'm thinking of Alice Tinker's wedding here.

Oceansurf Tue 08-Oct-13 14:52:54

Steppemum No! The child completed the work brilliantly. The mum (a teacher of Year 2) told m she didn't understand it and that it was hard. It was a Year 5 maths piece. As I teacher, I don't believe she should be telling me that! No Year 5 h/w piece should be hard to any primary school teacher.

DorrisM Definitely. Hence why I deliberately make some of the larger art pieces we do school based. I think it's tremendously unfair on those children that don't have help at home.

However, if it's just a piece of maths h/w for eg, I don't worry too much about it. It's the work they do in school that I would use for assessment purposes. Homework is just for practise smile

WholeLottaRosie Tue 08-Oct-13 14:58:44

I used to work on checkouts and never really took much notice what people were buying, after a while the products are just 'shapes' that you are passing across the scanner.

I did notice that one customer would come in every day and only ever buy two bottles of cheap sherry but it was hard not to notice him.

We also had a family who came in every week and bought two trolley loads; absolutely no fruit or veg, just piles of pies, pasties, chips etc. They were all morbidly obese and you could see other customers looking what was in their trolley and tutting/ scowling. I didn't judge but did feel really sad for them, especially the children.

I would say I noticed things more if the customer themselves brought my attention to what they were buying.

steppemum Tue 08-Oct-13 14:58:56

oceansurf, that is really funny! (and a bit worrying!)

there was a thread on mn about tattoos and someone said that the tattooist wouldn't do faces or hands as people usually regret having them

1chocolatetart Tue 08-Oct-13 14:59:34

Nice thread!

Cleaners - Do you judge my the house you're cleaning and the lazy slattern that is outsourcing her chores?

bordellosboheme Tue 08-Oct-13 15:02:04

Sales assistants and shopkeepers are you only nice to me because you want me to buy stuff.... Or do you genuinely like me?

LonelyGoatherd Tue 08-Oct-13 15:02:47

Former bookseller here - yes, I judged grin.

TheCrackFox Tue 08-Oct-13 15:03:59

GPs - do you secretly think most people are hypochondriacs?

GillyMac93 Tue 08-Oct-13 15:10:25

I work in a supermarket , and I often try and chat or cheer up an upset child ,especially if I'm on a checkout, then il play peek a boo or if child is older let them help scan so parents can pack easier . Children screaming doesn't bother me , at the enc of the day I go home but that parents has to deal with tantrums 24-7 so if I can make it easier for someone to get round the shop I will . I just think about being in someone else's shoes !

FreeWee Tue 08-Oct-13 15:15:56

unfortunate I'd say don't go for ones made by me wonky and badly glued

More is definitely more in the cardboard box world. Go for as good quality as you can afford. Don't scrimp so if your DH used double walled last time and it did the job then cheap is not cheerful when the bottom fall outs!

unfortunatedischarge Tue 08-Oct-13 15:17:22

choci used to clean houses. I didn't notice or care except for filthy toilets especially when I knew it wasn't the kids husbands with poor aim.

Oh and u was frequently suprised by people asking me to clean what they had obviously just cleaned themselves

superlambanana Tue 08-Oct-13 15:18:50

Georgian yes, it's very obvious smile

unfortunatedischarge Tue 08-Oct-13 15:19:02

<Sticks fingers in ears >

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