Has the ‘Potty Plumber’ Gone Too Far?

Pants-down attempt to drum up business scorches the internet.
Has the ‘Potty Plumber’ Gone Too Far?
A Canadian plumber has been burning up the internet with a photo that appears to show him driving with his pants down. Clever marketing or unprofessional industry stereotype? What do you think?

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Undoubtedly you’ve seen the photo of the plumber in his truck who appears to have been caught with his pants down. The image has been scorching the internet and even received “exposure” on NBC’s Today Show.

So I ask you, does this type of marketing go too far? Is this how plumbers want to be viewed?

Granted, it makes for a good chuckle – and apparently good business. Nick Huckson, the 25-year-old owner of The Sault’s Plumber in Ontario, Canada, says the phone hasn’t stopped ringing since the photo first popped up on a sign company’s Facebook page last month.

Now, I’m not against self-deprecating humor, but I wonder if such images deserve public display. What would your customers think if you showed up in such a truck?

Huckson told KWQC he got the idea from his grandfather, who is also a plumber.

“I wanted a design for my truck that would be memorable, something that would make me stand out from the other plumbing businesses,” he says.

And stand out it has; the image has been shared by thousands – perhaps millions – across the U.S. and Canada.

So I ask you, as a plumber, what’s your impression of such potty humor? Do you find it unprofessional or simply a clever way to drum up business?

Plumbers have long been the “butt” of off-color humor – some deservedly so – but isn’t it time the industry held itself to a higher standard?

I’d be interested in your thoughts. Add your comments below or email me at editor@plumbermag.com.


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