How often do your customers offer you a cup of tea – or a glass of cool water in the current heatwave – when you are working in their home or office?

Not as often as they should! At least, not according to the tradespeople discussing this very topic on the TradesTalk community over on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which makes us wonder what has happened to good manners?! Ok, being paid on time is far more important than getting a nice cuppa, but isn’t it just a nice thing to do?

Here are a few of the comments….

“I’ve actually been billed by a customer for tea, cake and bacon sandwiches … if I’d known I would have gone to Waitrose cos it would have been cheaper!”

“A painter I know wasn’t even allowed to use the customer’s toilet and was told there’s public toilets in the town centre!”

“I’m sweating so much and my customer hasn’t offered me anything ALL day!”

“My absolute favourite is when they ask ‘Sorry, can I get to the kettle?’, then make themselves a drink and bugger off!”

As a result, TradesTalk has launched the #ThinkDrink campaign, encouraging the general public to get the kettle on and offer their hard-working builders, plumbers and electricians a much-needed brew.

Do follow @TradesTalk on Twitter and share the #ThinkDrink pictures far and wide