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Walking In On a Naked Customer
Best Practice Checklist for Preventing Nude Client Encounters
Always follow this checklist when possible, for your own safety.
- Knock or ring the doorbell.
- Announce yourself when entering the home. If it is a large home announce yourself throughout the home. Even if you think no one is home, announce your presence. Thinking no one is home is one of the most common causes of this type of accident.
- Make as much noise as possible while doing your job, without being unruly.
- Always knock on closed doors that you may need to enter.
- Trust your intuition. If a closed off room still seems like it may be occupied after knocking, skip it if possible. When in doubt, get the heck out.
- Enter each new room of a home cautiously. These kind of accidents can happen where you least expect them.
There are many challenges to being a residential service person like a property manager, housekeeper, plant tech, aquarium tech, pool tech, nanny etc. Much of the challenge of these professions comes in being careful to respect the space of your customers while making sure that the tasks you are there to perform are taken care of completely with as little disturbance as possible.
Most professionals in this arena are very conscientious of the fact that they must go in and out of an individuals personal space, and in that personal space the customer could be doing just about anything. Of course there is awareness that a home is where most people eat, sleep, bathe, socialize, and other things a bit more personal that most of us would rather not think about. Like it or not some folks enjoy strolling around their home naked, all kinds of folks; large , small, old, young, hairy, there is a wide variety of people in the world.
Though most residential service professionals take every precaution to try and avoid seeing their customers in such a vulnerable state it is almost inevitable for an individual that provides in home service for any significant period of time, that a nude customer will be encountered at some point. Most reports of such encounters are accidental, but there are unfortunately some that seem to be purposely orchestrated by the client, sometimes repeatedly.
What to do in case of an accident.
As stated before even the most careful and dutiful worker may one day find themselves faced with a naked customer. When this happens the following tips can help the trauma to subside for both parties involved.
- In a case of rear exposure, rewind out of the room and pretend that nothing ever happened. It is highly likely the customer did not sense your presence.
- Go on about your business casting your gaze elsewhere. This action can sometimes empress upon the client that you did not see anything and prompt them to cover themselves.
- Apologize and excuse yourself from the room.
- Do not under any circumstances laugh, cry, scream, or point. Hysteria of any kind will only serve to complicate the situation.
- Look away as quickly as possible, do not make direct or long term eye contact.
- In case of purposeful exposures, just go on about your business as if nothing unusual is happening. This can serve as a reverse psychology technique for those seeking attention.
- Don't look down.
- Slow your breathing.
- Above all remain calm at all times.
Discrete mention of the incident within a company setting is permissible. It can help prevent other unsuspecting employees from being caught off guard, and provides a healing and welcoming environment for anyone else who may be dealing with the aftermath of such a traumatic event. Support from friends, family, and colleagues can be a priceless resource when confronting strange feelings about incidents of this nature. You do not need to suffer in silence, there are others who understand exactly what you are going through.
Armed with this knowledge, field workers can carry on with their heads held high. The tips from this article providing encouragement and backup for all of the brave personnel who venture in and out of other peoples homes each day.
Take care of yourselves out there!