#1 Posted by Lotan (217 posts) -

 I just started a job where I will be entering other people's homes and repairing their computers. I am concerned about protecting my-self and would like some advice from people who do this already or have done in the past. Physically I'm a pretty imposing guy, 6'2" 220, mostly muscle with 2 black belts in different fighting styles so it's really not the fear of physical confrontation. I'm mostly concerned about ladies accusing me of touching them or worse because I won't lower their price or something. Any help will be appreciated.    

#2 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@Lotan said:
"  I just started a job where I will be entering other people's homes and repairing their computers. I am concerned about protecting my-self and would like some advice from people who do this already or have done in the past. Physically I'm a pretty imposing guy, 6'2" 220, mostly muscle with 2 black belts in different fighting styles so it's really not the fear of physical confrontation. I'm mostly concerned about ladies accusing me of touching them or worse because I won't lower their price or something. Any help will be appreciated.     "
Have a third party there. Never do this stuff alone. Even if its a friend just hanging around. 
#3 Posted by Lassegp (98 posts) -

...dude...really?

#4 Posted by Brians (1463 posts) -
@Lotan:  Don't accept premade drinks. Insist they make the Kool aid in front of you.
#5 Posted by Lotan (217 posts) -
@The_Laughing_Man: I's love to have an independent thired party there but seeing as how I'm going to be doing this everyday it's not feasible.
#6 Posted by Meltac (2002 posts) -

Oh god.. I don't think that you should worry about it..

#7 Posted by Lotan (217 posts) -
@Briguile: Now, that's good tip sir.
#8 Posted by NickL (2246 posts) -

choke a bitch until she stops accusing you
 
realistically though, i don't know... the obviously choice is to have someone else there, but that would just be another paycheck that ultimately isnt necessary....

#9 Posted by Brians (1463 posts) -

As I said safe and sound if you watch them make the beverages in front of you.

#10 Posted by Lotan (217 posts) -
@Meltac: I have had similar situation happen at a client's place of  business that almost got me fired before, I worry becase it has happened.
#11 Posted by SuperSambo (2865 posts) -

Have a third paty, however you seem to be overthinking it...
 
You could always wear a secret camera (which may inflict a new wave of legal problems on you) but it would solve your original problem.

#12 Posted by BrickRoad (702 posts) -

You could always use a surrogate. That way you stay in the safety of your room, and they go to the house. They do what you say and have a camera and microphones attached to their heads so you can hear and see. Just make sure you don't say what you're thinking. Wink.

#13 Posted by Colin (707 posts) -

If you worry like this over everything you wouldn't even leave the house, just don't be a dick and you'll be fine .:P
#14 Posted by Meltac (2002 posts) -
@Lotan: Oh, well then it's a completely different situation. Just try to solely do your job, without no small talk or something like that.
#15 Posted by Lotan (217 posts) -

Yeah, I was thinking about one of those recording pens, but recording someone with-out their knowledge is illegal in FL and in their own home might be considered even worse.

#16 Posted by Lotan (217 posts) -
@BrickRoad: Ahh if only I was rich like George Bluth.
#17 Posted by Brians (1463 posts) -

Also buy one of the belts used during the Victorian era to discourage masturbation. That should set you straight.

#18 Posted by papuccino1 (311 posts) -
@Lotan said:
"  I just started a job where I will be entering other people's homes and repairing their computers. I am concerned about protecting my-self and would like some advice from people who do this already or have done in the past. Physically I'm a pretty imposing guy, 6'2" 220, mostly muscle with 2 black belts in different fighting styles so it's really not the fear of physical confrontation. I'm mostly concerned about ladies accusing me of touching them or worse because I won't lower their price or something. Any help will be appreciated.     "
Great thread. Made me spit some coffee out because of the sheer absurdity.
 
I'm assuming you are in the US? Well, sucks for you because it seems that there you are guilty until proven innocent when it comes to rape. Here in latin america you are innocent until proven guilty in that area.
 
They are calling you to fix their computer. Simply state your price before going there and leave no question about it: You won't accept haggling.
#19 Posted by BrickRoad (702 posts) -

There's always money in the Banana stand.
 
I actually used to do a little bit of going to people homes to repair computers. I always hated it, always. Luckily I'd left by the time the company moved entirely in that direction, as originaly it was a high street shop.

#20 Posted by Tennmuerti (8108 posts) -

Bring condoms.

#21 Posted by ArchScabby (5809 posts) -

Always wear a helmet cam.  Tell them it's to record your work to improve you skill.  Don't tell them it's actually because they are lying dirty whores who can't be trusted.  Also working on computers is dangerous, and you need a helmet to protect your pink squishy brain.

#22 Posted by Shinri (534 posts) -

To be honest, with that description, the people you'll be doing jobs for should be the ones asking for tips for protection. Seriously, they're letting a powerful looking guy into their house. I don't think you need to worry.
#23 Posted by BraveToaster (12589 posts) -

I think you should record everything. Before you enter someone's home just inform the him/her (I'm sure there are weird men who scream rape *shudders*) that it's a safety precaution and throw in some BS about an increase in violence. If the customer needs their computer fixed and have nothing to hide, chances are they would comply.

#24 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -
@Tennmuerti said:

" Bring condoms. "

 Wrap that dick before you tap that bitch.
#25 Posted by Organicalistic_ (2954 posts) -
@Tennmuerti said:
" Bring condoms. "
this
#26 Posted by ajamafalous (12000 posts) -

Lol'd at this thread.

#27 Posted by Kyreo (4600 posts) -
@Lotan: I say.... pay someone part of what you make to be your aide.  This would also solve the "Third Party" solution.