anyone get attached to customers?

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  1. daveyboy

    daveyboy Legend
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    I clean for a guy who is 93 and his wife is in a vegetative state in a wheelchair and constantly has a team of carers in the house helping look after her and life seems to be a constant battle for him
    Went there today and rhe carer answered the door to say don't bother this time as he is in hospital with pneumonia and the outlook is grim as he has other health problems anyway
    I know he is only a customer but i always have a chat with him and actually have felt a bit gutted all day since then
    I always do something extra without being asked when i clean like quickly go over the fascia/gutter bit of his conny etc as i feel it is a good thing to do
    Anyone else close with certain customers
     
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  2. TolishAPurd

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    Absolutely mate. ALways sorry to hear badnews from custys lives. I nearly made a thread last friday on a similar topic. I went to one of my customers that got me a whole days round. He told me the terrible news of his mate who was next on the round. Turned out he died the month before, maybe a week after I saw him. His funeral was due the next day, so I took a couple of hours off the afternoon and made an appearance. Felt a bit strange being there by myself as the window cleaner, but he was such a nice guy it just felt right to pay my respects. RIP Bill.
     
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    In September I lost Joe Spence, in his sixties, last time I saw him in August I said 'how you doing?' he replied 'dying' my comeback was 'aren't we all!' Went by in September and he had passed, was diagnosed with prostrate cancer, gone in two weeks.

    In October I lost Mr Groom, mid nineties, failing health over the past couple of years, but still upper lip, 'if the krauts didnt get me the flu wont either' type of chap. Decorated serviceman in WW11 - finally it was just time.

    Saturday I lost Mr Owden, prostrate cancer again, got him within six months, he was going through chemo but you could see that wass making him so rough he had pretty much resigned himself to giving up. Early 70s

    For many of our elderly customers we can be the most frequent contact they have throughout the year as their kids, family are always so busy (lazy) that they don't have time, so do the decent thing and have that cuppa as you really dont know if it's the last time they will offer.
     
  4. Posh

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    I had a lovely chap called ernie. In his 90s & still riding his push bike. Last time I saw him he'd had a fall but said he was ok. A week before I was due again I noticed a for sale sign up at his house (now has been sold). I didn't go back & have not been since as did not want to be told. He may have been put into a home but to this day I don't know what happened. I prefer it this way. Hopefully he went into a home. Lovely chap.
    Notice I always seem to go back after Xmas & at least 2 of my customers have passed away or there wife or husband.
     
  5. Solarpanelcleanington

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    Gotta remember we'll all be there one day.
     
  6. daveyboy

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    I would put a like emote on these posts but don't think it's the appropriate one
    Nice of you to go to the funeral tolish
    Not many people have respect nowadays
    I have other customers that it wouldn't bother me 1 way or another but this guy was such a trooper..i don't think i could handle what he has going on in his life at 40 let alone 93
     
  7. boarcity

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    old boy customer invited me in [never happened before] and shook my hand warmly

    died very next day , so when he shook my hand ,he knew!
     
  8. simon

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    one friendly old customer can make your whole day
     
  9. steve garwood

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    Told an old girl on my round about 2 years ago that I love topic bars. Always gives me a topic every clean now and even got me a topic Easter egg at easter
     
  10. Adams0211

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    Kind of related (but not really)

    Anyone else like seeing the baby's grow up? You go one month and they're new born, a couple of cleans later and they're smiling and before you know it they're crawling.

    I realise I may sound a bit weird.
     
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