Ever been hit on by a client?

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    Dec 03, 2011 2:38 PM GMT
    Has anyone ever been hit on by a client of yours? If so, how did you handle the situation without ruining the business relationship or having your client walk away? I have a firm rule with never mixing work and pleasure.
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    Dec 03, 2011 2:57 PM GMT
    rugbyguyfl saidHas anyone ever been hit on by a client of yours? If so, how did you handle the situation without ruining the business relationship or having your client walk away? I have a firm rule with never mixing work and pleasure.


    Good rule. Stick to it.
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    Dec 03, 2011 5:46 PM GMT
    I've never been hit on by a client, but I have been hit on by co-workers a few times over the years. I've never acted on it, for two reasons: One being I didn't want the repercussions, and another was because they were females. Note to women: When you throw yourselves at us, or make it too obvious, you take away something from the game. We like to go after things in our own way. Show some style and intelligence.

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  • waccamatt

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    Dec 03, 2011 5:46 PM GMT
    A number of times, actually. It depends on the type of situation as to how I respond.
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    Dec 03, 2011 5:48 PM GMT
    Not by a client , but by passengers , always dismissed professionlly , as i rather not mix work and pleasure ....
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    Dec 03, 2011 6:36 PM GMT
    I've been hit on a few times in the course of business interactions. The good news is, I'm so clueless that by the time I realize that I've been hit on, the moment is past. Like, maybe by a week. The bad news is, that happens in social interactions too.
  • wellwell

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    Dec 03, 2011 6:37 PM GMT
    ...Employers, freaks, & horny old broads too !
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    Dec 03, 2011 6:56 PM GMT
    I only ever found it difficult upholding such rules
    when I worked as a barman in various gay bars.
    Even one of the bar owners would say things like
    "Put out or get out!" and "Are you for * * * 'g real?!"
  • JP85257

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    Dec 03, 2011 7:02 PM GMT
    I'm a courier right so. CONSTANTLY. OY.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Dec 03, 2011 7:38 PM GMT
    No but I have had a few that have had crushes on me. I do not mix business with pleasure. If they leave because I turned them down than so be it.
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    Dec 03, 2011 10:00 PM GMT
    I worked at a travel agency a few years ago, just for the summer, and this client was being overtly sexual to me in front of his wife, he was biting his lips, and when I told him that he could use my pen to sign some documents, he told me he'd like to use some other of my things as well, I was so embarrassed I couldn't even look at the wife in the eye. icon_redface.gif
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    Dec 03, 2011 11:48 PM GMT
    I get that by the mothers of the kids from the Kid's Club and the regular MILFs who train with me. I just laugh it off and say thank you for any compliment they gave me. It works for me, it is the best way to discourage any further non-professional interaction that might tarnish our business relationship.
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    Dec 03, 2011 11:49 PM GMT
    If you're a dancer or bartender...it's part of the job LOL.
  • shirty

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    Dec 03, 2011 11:58 PM GMT
    Yes, I teach yoga. I usually just smile and keep my cool. But it can get awkward cause when you're a teacher you have to show up and teach, regardless of who's in your class.
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    Dec 04, 2011 12:00 AM GMT
    Female students who think they can whore their way to an A... But don't seem to realize they're barking up the wrong tree.
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    Dec 04, 2011 12:07 AM GMT
    Larkin_PLR saidFemale students who think they can whore their way to an A... But don't seem to realize they're barking up the wrong tree.



    I'm sure that if I were a male student in your class, I'd surely get a D resulting from lack of concentration... Even if I were barking my head off up the right tree!icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 05, 2011 3:17 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidWhat do you mean by it hit-on? Does that just mean asking you out for lunch or dinner (like a date)? Or is it something more like octopus hands all over you?


    Hit on in the sense of a client saying to me "you're very cute...we should hang out sometime". If I thought they actually meant hanging out in the sense of going to the bar and having a drink then I'm okay with that but "hanging" out" in the sexual sense...not so much.

    Just wasn't sure of ways to respond. I usually respond with "thanks for the compliment but I have a partner who's a bit jealous".
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    Dec 05, 2011 3:25 PM GMT
    A former client of mine (general counsel of a medium-size company) used to leave songs on my home voicemail anonymously (well, he thought it was anonymous but I ultimately figured it out through rigorous research). I ignored the messages and they eventually stopped. Moral of the story: ignore the advances.
  • vintovka

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    Dec 13, 2011 3:17 AM GMT
    I had a girl come into the tattoo parlor where I was working with her boyfriend who was getting tattooed. she broke up with him and came back the next week, then proceeded to stalk me. Finally our desk manager told her I was gay, but she didn't believe it and thought I was making it up to get rid of her. Eventually she did go away.
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    Dec 13, 2011 6:27 PM GMT
    i don't do that kind of work.
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    Dec 13, 2011 6:27 PM GMT
    rugbyguyfl said... I have a firm rule with never mixing work and pleasure.
    What if the business IS pleasure?
  • Wolfdaddy

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    Dec 13, 2011 7:09 PM GMT
    Even If the business is pleasure you still have to decide if you want to encourage the advances. Sometimes a client will appreciate not getting his way and give a bigger tip.
    On the other hand if the chemistry is right and you can be discrete ( not letting other clients or coworkers know....
    Enjoy the fun.
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    Dec 14, 2011 1:07 AM GMT
    Wolfdaddy saidEven If the business is pleasure you still have to decide if you want to encourage the advances.
    By "pleasure" I mean porn.
  • citypartyboy

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    Dec 14, 2011 1:28 AM GMT
    yup.. i flirt back but nothing further.