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to ask workmen to turn radio off?

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DailyFailstinks Thu 20-Apr-17 09:28:56

I've got two carpet fitters working here today.

They arrived half an hour ago and brought a portable radio with them - which they promptly turned up to full volume.

It's a terraced house so I can't escape it. Would I be unreasonable to ask them to turn it off or is that not the done thing?

StarryIllusion Thu 20-Apr-17 09:29:59

I'd ask them to turn it down but not off.

JustMumNowNotMe Thu 20-Apr-17 09:32:52

I hate working without background noise so I personally wouldn't ask someone else to. When I have stuff like this done I just go out for a bit, can you do the same?

kingscrossnoodle Thu 20-Apr-17 09:33:09

I would just leave them to it. They are there to fit carpets, not moving in to your spare room. Can you really not let them have their tunes on while they work for a few hours confused

Mumteedum Thu 20-Apr-17 09:33:33

God I really hate this. I'll probably be flamed but it's male bloody entitlement. We all have to suck it up when there are workmen anywhere cos it's just what they do. It's every time there's a window fitter or anything round here. I work from home and whilst you don't expect silence it's so annoying.

I mean the drilling and banging is loud but then radio even louder so they can hear it over the top. Urgh!

NavyandWhite Thu 20-Apr-17 09:35:02

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

kingscrossnoodle Thu 20-Apr-17 09:35:50

Make entitlement hmm

It's a couple of people enjoying some music while they work.

NEWSFLASH - lots of women have music on while they work too

kingscrossnoodle Thu 20-Apr-17 09:36:21

MALE entitlement

JustMumNowNotMe Thu 20-Apr-17 09:38:19

Indeed kings, I always have the radio on in my office, I need the background noise of music to work.

DancingLedge Thu 20-Apr-17 09:38:41

I think it's rude to put a radio on in a client's house without checking with them that it's ok.

I would probably come up with an excuse, like 'sorry, I'm now going to make some phone calls, so I 'm going to have to ask you to turn that right down.'

Mumteedum Thu 20-Apr-17 09:40:31

I did say I'd get flamed grin

I sometimes listen to music when I work but I don't force the whole street to.

Carpet fitters are perhaps not cranking the van stereo up as much as the window fitters 6 doors down did recently, so OK maybe op is being a bit sensitive. (----I still agree with her tho----)

EchidnasPhone Thu 20-Apr-17 09:41:55

I'd tell them to turn it down or turn it off. They are in your home working for you. We had builders for 2 months & each new trade person would come in & turn the radio on & up which was fine when I wasn't in but when home with the children I asked that they turned it down.

x2boys Thu 20-Apr-17 09:42:33

at no point has the OP said the carpet fitters are male [they well be but its not stated ] just saying....

DailyFailstinks Thu 20-Apr-17 09:44:23

Thanks all.

I asked them to turn it down and they did but were a bit stroppy about it. I only moved in a couple of months ago and I know my next door neighbour quite often works from home so I wouldn't want to get off on the wrong foot with them.

I think Mumteedum has a point about male entitlement though. I would never do that in someone else's home - whether I was working there or not.

PooHOle Thu 20-Apr-17 09:44:54

I have no problem with workmen listening to the radio at reasonable levels, ie you can hear it whilst you are in the room that the radio is located in - but not at the other side of the house.

They need to remember that they are working in other peoples homes, not in their own private office

Mumteedum Thu 20-Apr-17 09:45:15

True. I bet they are though wink

DailyFailstinks Thu 20-Apr-17 09:45:32

Plus their taste in music is shit!

DancingLedge Thu 20-Apr-17 09:46:01

Male entitlement? Who knows?

As a woman who works in other people's houses, I would always check if it's ok. Is that really coincidence?

Also a coincidence that every woman I know who works in other people's houses and gardens has equipped themselves with MP3/radio/phone and earphones, for times we really need a soundtrack, but don't want to impose it on other people? Really?

PooHOle Thu 20-Apr-17 09:46:16

They were stroppy about it? See now they have ramped up to downright disrespect and rudeness

I would tell them to fuck off out of my house

FeralBeryl Thu 20-Apr-17 09:46:31

X2boys erm.. the title was workMEN grin

OP once they start twatting around the edges with a hammer you'll wish desperately it was disguised slightly by local radio.

DailyFailstinks Thu 20-Apr-17 09:48:23

Thanks Feral - forgot I had that to look forward to smile

PooHOle Thu 20-Apr-17 09:48:26

The sweet sweet sound of hammering interspersed with dance music.

x2boys Thu 20-Apr-17 09:48:52

ah well thats shown me and i read the op several times ha.

ByeByeBadman Thu 20-Apr-17 09:49:55

I just accept it to be honest. I think you're being a bit uptight.

Make them a brew and have a quick chat with them.

They're much more likely to do you a good job if nothing else.

Mumsnut Thu 20-Apr-17 09:50:11

Ask them to show you their PRS licence ...

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