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Drinks whilst at work

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Jackin Tue 05-Jul-11 21:04:00

I work in peoples gardens everyday (I'm a tree surgeon) aibu to to think people should bring out a cup of tea or cold drink (non-alcholic) whilst we have our break? Or even water!

flipthefrog Tue 05-Jul-11 21:05:15

no bring yer own grin, seriously why would you really expect anyone to give you tea

PotteringAlong Tue 05-Jul-11 21:05:28

Yes, YABU. Surely you can take your own flask/ bottle of water?

2littlegreenmonkeys Tue 05-Jul-11 21:05:30

YABU, any reason you cant take your own water/flask of tea/coffee for your breaks?

Tchootnika Tue 05-Jul-11 21:06:01

Weelll... It'd be nice good form if they did, but they're not obliged to, are they? Don't you bring your own drink with you?

DoMeDon Tue 05-Jul-11 21:06:10

I always offer anyone a cuppa if they are working on/around the house. It has been declined a few times as they are used to bringing their own. Many have commented how unhospitable people are now. As for water - I think it would be ok to ask.

RuthChan Tue 05-Jul-11 21:06:21

I would offer a drink to a builder, decorator, electrician etc working in my house, so why not a tree surgeon working in my garden?

squeakytoy Tue 05-Jul-11 21:06:32

Most people would, but they are under no obligation to do so.

It is up to you to ensure you have water or take a flask, so yes YABU.

AchtungBaby Tue 05-Jul-11 21:07:03


DoMeDon Tue 05-Jul-11 21:07:37

I really am shocked that anyone wouldn't off the gardener/builder/whoever a cuppa sad

Awomancalledhorse Tue 05-Jul-11 21:08:06

I always offer workers tea/coffee/drinks.
I thought it was just common courtesy, like tipping the Postie at Christmas.

Marshy Tue 05-Jul-11 21:08:11

I always offer a drink if someone's going to be doing some work in the house for a morning or whatever, but I guess taking your own is the only way to ensure you get one

Jackin Tue 05-Jul-11 21:08:45

Sorry i didn't make myself clear. I do bring water/drinks with me all the time, I also if I have any work done on my own place I always make sure that they are well supplied. I think it's just being nice.

flipthefrog Tue 05-Jul-11 21:09:17

nah i couldn't be arsed to make them tea, were' not in the 50s are we wink

Tchootnika Tue 05-Jul-11 21:10:12

Why not be nice and offer them some of your drink?

Jackin Tue 05-Jul-11 21:11:32

Yeah I would but I only have water smile

Tchootnika Tue 05-Jul-11 21:11:38

Lest I'm misunderstood: wink

Inertia Tue 05-Jul-11 21:12:19

I always offer tea (even to our window cleaners and they're only here 10 minutes!)

For someone staying more than an hour or two I offer biscuits/ a sandwich/cake.

When we had longer-term builders / plumbers round they got bacon sarnies in the morning, teacakes in the afternoon if I was home.

Jackin Tue 05-Jul-11 21:13:55

I also think it sensible, if the builder / spark/ plumber or whatever is happy you'll get more done for your money.

Jackin Tue 05-Jul-11 21:15:15

Inertia, can I come do your trees? I like cake.

ENormaSnob Tue 05-Jul-11 21:16:16

I look after labouring women.

Maybe they should be brewing up for me grin

Knackeredmother Tue 05-Jul-11 21:17:39

I would always offer tea and biscuits. My husband is a plumber so I'm well trained!

wigglesrock Tue 05-Jul-11 21:18:07

I make tea for all and kitkats.grin Have been known to give window cleaner a cup of tea in a plastic cup if its cold grin Anyone working for more than a few hours gets a bacon sandwich!!

Jackin Tue 05-Jul-11 21:18:53

You wouldn't want what they're brewing.

ihatecbeebies Tue 05-Jul-11 21:18:59

I personally wouldn't take a drink from a strangers house, the cable guy was installing Virgin for me last week and told me that he was in a house installing for a couple of young woman the week before and they were bragging about how they had offered the BT man a cup of tea then had put 2 acid tabs in it and didn't tell him then let him leave to do the rest of his jobs.

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