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If a tradesperson said something racist to you, would it put you off hiring them?

  • 04-10-2022 2:38pm
    Registered Users Posts: 2,967 ✭✭✭Shelga

    Today I had a man in my house to quote me for a new boiler. He seemed sound, really nice. We were making pleasant chit chat when he referred to a Chinese woman as a "fcking Ch*nk". I didn't say anything at the time but after he left I thought, what the hell? How does a professional person think that is ok to say to someone in their house? It galls me that he thinks that because I am white, I will be fine with comments like that.

    On the other hand, if I get other quotes and he's the cheapest, I can't pretend my morals will hold up all that long, to be perfectly frank. Would this put anyone else off hiring someone for a job? I just think it's disgusting to talk that way.



  • Registered Users Posts: 14,253 ✭✭✭✭Fr Tod Umptious

    It amazing what people will just come out and say.

    I was on the phone with a employee of a company I do IT work for.

    We were making small talk, while waiting for something to complete, he told me what town he was from and I said I had been there a few times and told him that I thought it was a decent town, and his reply was.

    "it's full of tinkers too"

    I was stunned, I never meet this guy in person, he never meet me, yet he has no problem saying something like that in casual conversation.

    I keep my opinions on travelers to myself.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,416 ✭✭✭veryangryman

    I once met a new landlord who said to me "I've got 3 rules - No couples, no blacks and no jews"

    Wow - tell me what ye really think.

    Being the Dublin rental market, I was not really in a place to give an honest opinion. Shrugged my shoulders and thought "I probably got this place after they filtered out everyone without an irish/english sounding name so be thankful".

    Sometimes the overall world is a crummy place and sometimes that works to one's advantage.

    Tony Soprano explains it well to Meadow

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,253 ✭✭✭✭Fr Tod Umptious

    I think he might have said "fuckin" also.

    But even if he didn't, tinkers is viewed as a derogatory term in this day and age, and his tone was not exactly positive towards them.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,348 ✭✭✭✭dxhound2005

    Would it put you off hiring them, if they could do a good job for you?

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,008 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34

    Having personal views and keeping them to your ****ing self in a professional setting are two different things entirely.

    I wouldn't hire a person who couldn't control himself from saying something he or she KNOWS to be offensive and probably unlawful at a time where they are trying to represent their workplace or their own business and gain someone's trust.

    The only time I've come across it so far was Taxi drivers and I've reported every single one of them. Some of them absolute toerags.

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  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Yep, that injustice used to keep me awake too.

    Mind you, the defence "I vos only obeying orders" applies just as much to woke disciples as it did to the Nazis on trial.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,655 ✭✭✭✭Stark

    I'd find it off-putting tbh. Not because it's bad in itself (which it is), but more because it's a good indication I'll have to deal with a **** dick in my home once the initial pleasantries are over and done with and I've agreed to the job.

    Maybe overlook it for a quick job where the guy would be in and out but not for anything major.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,750 ✭✭✭✭BattleCorp

    Yeah, I'd let most stuff slide if it didn't affect me but I'd have to intervene if he said something sexual about my wife or child.

    But saying things like chinks, tinkers etc, I'd let that slide.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,750 ✭✭✭✭BattleCorp

    It probably depends on how badly you need the job done?

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,755 ✭✭✭✭One eyed Jack

    Would this put anyone else off hiring someone for a job?

    ’Twould. I’ll never be so desperate that I’d put up with that sort of shyte.

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,755 ✭✭✭✭One eyed Jack

    It’s really not that difficult to find a tradesman who isn’t a gobshyte. If one doesn’t know any through their own personal connections, there’s plenty of ‘em on -

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,544 ✭✭✭✭Leg End Reject

    Yeah, because that's so relevant to getting a tradesman. 🙄🤣

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