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should I ask for money for trousers?

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BeefLasagneForMyTea Tue 22-Mar-16 17:02:05

I work in a clean environment. Wore a new pair of trousers today for first time. The cleaner was off sick. We were having a special visitor. I was asked if I could clean the kitchen. I said that was fine. I used cilit bang all purpose cleaner. I've just noticed my new black trousers have orange marks on them like bleach so must be off the cilit bang.

Would you ask for the money for the trousers?

eosmum Tue 22-Mar-16 17:04:45

Yes I certainly would, you would have dressed appropriately had you know you would be cleaning today, so did a favour so I would expect not to be out of pocket from it.

MTPurse Tue 22-Mar-16 17:04:57

Personally I wouldn't but its up to You. Surely you read it was bleach based and were careful with it?

Pollyputhtekettleon Tue 22-Mar-16 17:06:14

I wouldn't either. It just seems a little ott.

ctjoy103 Tue 22-Mar-16 17:06:23

No I wouldn't. You could have said no to the cleaning If it's not part of your regular duties.
Didn't you know cillit bang is a pretty tough cleaner?

Floralnomad Tue 22-Mar-16 17:07:08

No , you should have been more careful or said that you weren't prepared to clean as you were inappropriately dressed for doing so .

Tiggeryoubastard Tue 22-Mar-16 17:09:01

Why didn't you take more care using something that strong? No, I wouldn't ask in that situation. It's possible to clean without getting bleach over oneself.

MTPurse Tue 22-Mar-16 17:19:47

It's possible to clean without getting bleach over oneself.

I am in awe of my cleaner, she comes once a week, never has a hair out of place and always looks immaculate, Her 'cleaning' clothes are about on par with my going out clothes grin We are going for a night out this week I'm dreading it wondering what to wear.

expatinscotland Tue 22-Mar-16 17:22:24

No, I wouldn't.

3sugarsplease Tue 22-Mar-16 17:24:45

Same thing happened to me once on a new dress. I claimed through work and got my money as cleaning wasn't in my job description.

gpignname Tue 22-Mar-16 17:28:50

Depends where you work. I used to work in a very large professional place and if this sort of thing had happened the manager would have been happy to pay for something like this out of expenses as it would have been a pretty minor cost. But if you are working in a restaurant that is struggling to make ends meet then I imagine they would be thinking you should have taken more care and worn an apron or something and would not be wanting to pay you.

Aspergallus Tue 22-Mar-16 17:34:50

I think it kind of depends on your job. If you were dressed for office work and then ended up cleaning then I'd claim.

But if for waitressing, for example, a job where you might expect to come into contact with cleaning products, food stains etc, I wouldn't.

CosyNook Tue 22-Mar-16 17:37:25

Didn't you know cillit bang is a pretty tough cleaner?

I've never used anything like Cillit Bang, so if I were in that situation then no, I would assume its just an ordinary (overpriced) product.

So yes, I would claim.

MTPurse Tue 22-Mar-16 20:15:54

BANG And your trousers are gone! grin

Lemonblast Tue 22-Mar-16 20:19:54

No I wouldn't.

londonrach Tue 22-Mar-16 20:27:29

I wouldnt. i found cillit bang to be the worse cleaner ever and throw away the half the bottle i had as its next to useless

blublutoo Tue 22-Mar-16 20:41:32

I wouldn't. It seems petty. I once cleaned at work using cilit bang and it did that to my black jeggings... it was my fault not theirs!

BackforGood Tue 22-Mar-16 20:46:48

Yes, I would. Seems fair to me if a new item of clothing has been ruined because you kindly helped out and did something you weren't expecting to do when you got dressed that morning.

Cressandra Tue 22-Mar-16 21:15:40

Depends on your income bracket/seniority

MidniteScribbler Tue 22-Mar-16 22:11:38

I read that as 'clit bang' and was really confused.

hogbreath Wed 23-Mar-16 01:34:51

Me too midnite. grin

SilverBirchWithout Wed 23-Mar-16 01:46:37

I would ask politely but not be offended if they say no.

herecomethepotatoes Wed 23-Mar-16 02:20:03

No I wouldn't. You said yes to cleaning and you got bleach on yourself. I assume you're an adult?

MadamDeathstare Wed 23-Mar-16 02:33:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BeefLasagneForMyTea Wed 23-Mar-16 08:10:03

My boss came over to me as I was leaving and thanked me for doing the kitchen and apologised that he had asked me and that he wouldn't normally but we had the special visitor. I said it was ok and I didn't mind but I'm annoyed as my new trousers have been ruined. He said oh no, how much were they. He got out his own wallet and gave me the money! He said he'll put a claim in for expenses. I said don't be silly I don't need the money right now and he said well it's only right as he did ask me to do it.

I feel guilty now!

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