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    Quote Originally Posted by BorkMan View Post
    Go easy on her, I have had contractors do similar things
    I have contractors insist they only want one facility located many many times a week. I just fill out a note sheet clearly stating they only want "XXX facility located" and that "Contractor/excavator is fully aware that there are other facilites in the dig area", then they sign it, I sign it and they get a carbon copy. Then, when I have to go back a couple of hours later and the phone company tech is on site with a damaged 400 pair cable, I show them the note sheet, take a few photos of the damage, call my sup to let him know, then I leave and go about my business.....
    "No, installing your fence is NOT an emergency"...

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    "It's call BEFORE you dig, not AFTER you've hit something."


    Yes, my avatar does describe my attitude towards many others...

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    So I was on a Verizon FTTP project a couple weeks ago helping the contract find some stubborn power mains,
    I just meet the contractor for the first time and
    He ask me what kind of sandwich I would like, he bought me lunch!
    He said knows locating is a thankless job and he appreciated what we do.
    If only most contractors were that grateful!


    AND...Yesterday
    The fricking pit bulls...
    WHY does it seem like every other H.O. has a PIT BULL
    when they're not even in bad neighborhoods?!
    I now some can be nice, but also unpredictable, especially with someone they're not familiar with.

    So I'm there to locate for a drop, she tells me she'll keep the dog in the house ok, so I go around back though the gate and start,
    about 10 minutes in, the pit bull comes rushing at me barking, I scream loudly and point my paint stick and receiver towards the dog.
    I keep backing up going towards the fence.

    The H.O. comes out and says I'm sorry I FORGOT YOU WERE HERE.....
    HE DOSEN'T BITE...
    HE JUST WANTS TO PLAY................

    HOW THE HELL AM I SUPPOSED TO KNOW HE DOSEN'T BITE LADY!!! WTF

    She's lucks I controlled my trigger finger OR that dog would've had a face full of APWA YELLOW MARKING PAINT! LOL

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    I feel your pain sir. I myself have to work with wild packs of muts and vicious pit bulls. You should go and buy a can of 1.5 to 2.0 oz of cs/pepper spray mix. I myself keep this in my vest and on me at ALL TIMES. Just cup the canister in your hands and tap the switch slightly to send any vicious fuker away. It works wonders cant say enough to keeping this around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by underground quester View Post
    I had an elderly senior home owner last year who came storming out of her house demanding to know why I was attaching that device to her house. Was I listening in on her private conversations? Was I spying on her?

    (Ya, I was... through the gas meter.)

    The more I laughed at her, the madder she got. Had to leave before I totally came apart with laughter.
    All that I get from homowners is: "Are ya gonna shut my gas off". Well pay your bill and stop worrying!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger fan View Post
    dont you just love helping out people that drag butt all day long and then wonder why they are behind?
    Thats the story of my life. First out, last home(with all next day tickets done) only to be the first out the next day with 20 tickets due that day from someone elses bucket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by big boots mcghee View Post
    Actually, yes you did. The job requires you to talk to contractors, homeowners, and facility owners on a regular basis for a variety of reasons, and your job consists of providing a service and doing it in a proffessional manner. If some of you guys are actually out there doing this stuff it's no wonder it's no wonder the locating industry isn't taken seriously.
    I think that the "I don't care attitude" and the "not my job" mentality is caused from under paying and over working employees. How can any company expect so much with giving so little. I do agree that if your not taking pride in what your doing QUIT DOING IT!
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    The CenturyLink contract just changed hands in my area (again) and i'm already dealing with the "I don't care attitude". There was a One-call ticket called in on the 28th. I was called on the 4th by the locator to escort him to the work area. He wanted to meet at 11am. He called at noon and stated that he'd be there at 3pm. He never showed or called. I called on friday and he acted like we never spoke, even though the only reason I had his number was that it was still in my call log. I was contacted by another locator who took over the ticket later that day. We were supposed to meet at 10am, he called and pushed it to the afternoon, then called and cancelled untill monday morning at 7:30am.... he finally showed at about 9:30.

    Did I mention that the contractor started digging on the 1st?

    I understand that its difficult to work a contract that you are getting paid $6 a ticket for, but still. Could you at least try to call within the first 48?


    Ok, my rant is done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoobyboggy13 View Post
    Thats the story of my life. First out, last home(with all next day tickets done) only to be the first out the next day with 20 tickets due that day from someone elses bucket.
    That's the problem I have. I became quick at this job after getting my feet under me,now it's expected.
    Everyday I'm expected to do at least 2 tickets per hour,with drive time.
    Yet other guys can get away with doing 1-15 tickets everyday.
    And God help you if you need help on a long ticket....forget it.
    My new supervisor never gives me help on long tickets......it sucks the life from you.

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    dude ....listening to some of your posts is stressing ME out.....you need to get you a girl (wife preferably) to give you a good back massage ....then watch either the movie (300) or Lord of the RIngs part 3 .
    wise men talk because they have something to say and fools because they have to say something....plato

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    hang in there buddy ...just a few more years working for this company and then we will be working for a new company with different issues...! lol
    wise men talk because they have something to say and fools because they have to say something....plato

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    Quote Originally Posted by yahoo View Post
    dude ....listening to some of your posts is stressing ME out.....you need to get you a girl (wife preferably) to give you a good back massage ....then watch either the movie (300) or Lord of the RIngs part 3 .
    I would prefer the wive or gf to do a stress relief somewhere on the front end than a back massage lol
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    This might not apply to most of you but for you new guys that might be doing some country locating, a word of advise. when you are on a pig, cattle or horse farm keep your windows shut. Besides the smell for obvious reasons. Flies loves the truck. i come back and there are like 30 flies around the truck, if windows are open seems like I will have a dozen flies in the truck. Also cats seem to love the heat of the truck. I come back and a cat on the hood or bumpers. We had one guy driving down the road when a cat jumped out from somewhere in the back of his HHR. I have had one in the bed of the truck when I went to close the cover. With it getting colder here in WI I have picked up a passenger. I had some subway cookies left over so I left them in my work vehicle for a snack today at work. Seems a mouse had the same idea. I just set a mouse trap in it in case he wants a late night snack.
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    LMAO Paint!

    I have been in some locator trucks that make the pig, cattle and horse farms smell real sweet by comparison.... Febreeze doesn't even stand a chance in some that I've had to use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EricB View Post
    LMAO Paint!

    I have been in some locator trucks that make the pig, cattle and horse farms smell real sweet by comparison.... Febreeze doesn't even stand a chance in some that I've had to use.
    Tru dat!! Most smell like swamp ass.
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    passenger is history, could not resist the smell of peanut butter
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