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To phone the council on the shouty sweaty bin men

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GirlWhoWearsGlasses Wed 08-Jul-15 11:33:06

'Fucking close the LID!' 'Oh for fucks sake!' Etc etc. I think they are annoyed the lids aren't on the recycling bins because they're full. Fair enough. I might be guilty as charged (not today) and if there's extra and I'm in I try and go out and ask politely if they'll take the extra boxes that aren't in the bin. They don't come super early morning on this street

AIBU to think it's a bit much and intimidating to have the loud swearing?

GirlWhoWearsGlasses Wed 08-Jul-15 11:33:39

'Sweary' not 'sweaty'

lem73 Wed 08-Jul-15 11:36:54

You're going to complain about hard working men doing a physical messy job letting off steam by swearing? Wow. You must lead a very sheltered life.

GirlWhoWearsGlasses Wed 08-Jul-15 11:39:00

No they can swear, I swear - but doing it loudly aimed at anyone that's in to hear that they aren't happy about something isn't on.

timeforacheckup Wed 08-Jul-15 11:41:49

I wouldn't complain about binmen. I reported a missed collection once, they came and emptied it but then "missed" it for the following 3 weeks in a row! I didn't dare report it again!!

Welshmaenad Wed 08-Jul-15 11:41:53

Nurses work hard in s physical messy job, lem, would you think it appropriate if they swore at patients? No. Nob off then.

OP it is NOT appropriate, and I gave a mouth on me like a navvy at times. I would complain. I complained about council contracted builders swearing loudly outside my home in earshot of my kids and they had an absolute rollicking from the site foreman.

FarFromAnyRoad Wed 08-Jul-15 11:42:37

What do you think the council will do once they've finished rolling their eyes at your report?

isupposeitsverynice Wed 08-Jul-15 11:43:06

Nah it's crap to be swearing at high volume on a public street. They have to let off steam like this because they're doing a dirty job? Sorry but no, fuck that. They can mutter it under their breath like everyone else does when they're working in public, or wait till they get back in the lorry to swear at each other.

sliceofsoup Wed 08-Jul-15 11:44:20


I would swear too if I had to pick up peoples rubbish. Especially when they just leave it in a mess and expect other people to pick up after them.

Piccarcas Wed 08-Jul-15 11:46:05

Gosh! Mine are shouty, sweary and sweaty. They come round at 6am each Tuesday and I am eternally thankful that they do. The crew seem to be under such time pressures that they are only in hearing distance for moments. You will miss them if/when the service is no longer available.

chrome100 Wed 08-Jul-15 11:47:59

Ha ha. Yes. YABU. I think this is a very small issue and not worth worrying about.

WorraLiberty Wed 08-Jul-15 11:48:00

I like to think sweary bin men are part of British culture. I actually find it quite comforting grin

They shouldn't be swearing at householders though.

I'm surprised you have to ask them to take extra re-cycling. We're allowed as much of that as we want to put out, as long as it's in clear bags.

Baguettes Wed 08-Jul-15 11:50:52

If you want your bins collected again, I wouldn't report it. grin

GirlWhoWearsGlasses Wed 08-Jul-15 12:00:53

I'm not reporting it - hence being on here. If I had the front I'd do what DP calls 'killing with kindness' and go out beaming in super polite manner asking if there's anything amiss. But I don't smile

hiddenhome Wed 08-Jul-15 12:54:41

They're being paid to perform a public role, so shouldn't be swearing.

You wouldn't find this in the job centre, housing office or from school crossing personnel.

Collaborate Wed 08-Jul-15 13:15:30

My bin men are great. Call round before 8am to do the collection, are quiet, don't make a mess, and on the rare occasion I report a missed collection it's been removed by the next day. Never realised how lucky we are.

TheHouseOnBellSt Wed 08-Jul-15 13:16:37

I can't believe the attitudes here! OP of course you report it!! There is NO need for that language. "Working men" do not need to swear!

ShirleySmears Wed 08-Jul-15 13:21:37

I don't think anyone working in a public service role should be swearing in public, in the course of that job and certainly not aiming those comments at their "customers"

Would be a bit much to complain about them being sweaty though!

I'm a waste officer at a council. I'm the person who reads your complaint and has to call the supervisor and say 'please remind all of the crews to behave appropriately and not use foul language'

tbh it's a bit of an exercise in futility. Yes, we do roll our eyes a lot.

Chewbecca Wed 08-Jul-15 13:25:12

I hate all this shouty swearing all over the street, it is so normal now. On the train, people swear loudly a lot with no consideration to who is in earshot. I don't mind love swearing in the right situation but my idea of a right situation and other people's seems to have diverged.

However, I wouldn't complain and YABU, you just have to join the grumpy old ladies bench where we can have a good moan about how society's standards are slipping.

AuntyMag10 Wed 08-Jul-15 13:25:41

Yabu, these people deal with trash and other disgusting stuff. Get over yourself and find something actually important to whine about. Why would you make someone who had a shitty job feel even worse?

ShirleySmears Wed 08-Jul-15 13:27:05

I don't think the job is that "shitty" actually. There are plenty of worse unskilled jobs that don't pay as well. mostly done by women

TheChandler Wed 08-Jul-15 13:31:23

YANBU. One of the big differences I've noticed since moving abroad is the quality of behaviour of workmen (and women, there are actually women doing all sorts of manual labour jobs that seem miraculously reserved for men in the UK). Also, road repairs teams actually seem to be working any time you see them.

I mean, god forbid that the precious darling men not shout and swear in public while doing their jobs! Their hard, manual, unskilled and usually overpaid for what they actually do jobs. Just ask any usually female horse groom and they will confirm (plus the lack of mechanical equipment to help them).

Lets not talk about the wheeze of not getting through their work on time for all sorts of stupid reasons, and having to do overtime at enhanced rates.

WeAllHaveWings Wed 08-Jul-15 13:32:21

Don't hear a word from my bin men other than a hello if I bump into them or a loud "YO!" sound they make, probably to the driver to tell him he can move on; they are quick and just get on with it.

It they started shouting and swearing at us or our neighbours about the way the bin had been put out I would be shocked the first time, if it happened again I'd report. Absolutely no need to be that intimidating.

You will miss them if/when the service is no longer available. what a strange comment, of course we would miss the service, are you trying to say because we would miss the service its ok for them to verbally abuse the people who receive the service? confused

GirlWhoWearsGlasses Wed 08-Jul-15 13:36:35

I'm perfectly happy to be told to my face I've done the bins wrong, and even to be ticked off for making their job harder, its the shouty to the street bit I don't go for.

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