Not a FAN of this Janitor

(This might be a bit too much information for background: @Stephen could you help me shorten it?)

Background: I have two main volunteer jobs at my church. One is helping in the kitchen during Bible Camp. The other is what I might call my ‘school year’ church job (cleaning up the pews) which I only do during the school year expect for the one afternoon after Bible Camp’s over. Now since 2005 the sanctuary no longer has celling fans so in hotter weather we have stand alone fans.

Main story:
Ever since I started doing the “cleaning up the pews” job at my church-once Bible Camp is over- I will start to clean up the pews after the parents and most of the kids have gone home. Well every year since summer 2014 despite the fact I am literally working in the sanctuary, the janitor has this habit of turning off the stand-alone fans at the front of the actually church. It has driven me nuts for years his doing that when it can get super hot in there.


I suppose he figures you’re not a paying customer when you’re cleaning up. But… presumably someone tells him what to do… I’d talk to his boss, if that doesn’t lead to a meltdown. Either this Sunday if it’s an issue now, or in spring.

If the janitor answers to God… you could try this on him.
Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard - Wikipedia

I am not quite sure that it addresses your situation, but it may confuse him enough for you to get your way. Or if you tell him it on a hot day, then by the time you’re finished, the point will be made.

I tried just now installing a portable fan on my chest and I felt cooled down, but this may be less practical for you.

Its a church. No one is paying in the church (except for the kids who have attended the camps-or more like their parents/relatives). I’m not being paid both jobs are volunteer stuff. But he, a janitor is being paid. And I have no idea who his boss is. Maybe the same board who hires the minster and the parish nurse? And if it is the board my Mom’s on it -and she never understands why I dislike the janitor doing that (and when I’m cleaning the sanctuary, Mom is cleaning up the kitchen from the pizza lunch).

It just every July since 2014 when I do the MAJOR clean up of the church pews (and I have like over 50 pews to go through)-he turns the stand-alone fans off. And it gets really hot in there during the same. I believe one Sunday in June in 2006-someone suffered heatstroke in the church because whomever was over seeing the sanctuary renovations didn’t put the celling fans back up-and for the heatstroke victim an ambulance had to be called (I only heard of due to the window in the nursery room)

Update there was Bible Camp this year for the first time since 2019.

Today the last day of camp, after the stage was cleared off of Bible Camp stuff and the normal church stuff was put back after everyone had left the church the janitor turned off the two of the fans at the front and I was in there doing my old volunteer job and it’s really hot out there . I did find a work around though and turned the fan off at the back of the church and i stood infront of it a couple of times and when I was done- I turned it off

Mom says to leave the two standalone fans on at the front for just one person is just a waste of electrity but when I have like 50 pews to do?

Youve posted about the janitor quite a bit lately with not liking his behaviour. But unless I missed a post it doesnt seem like you have actually spoken to him or even informed anyone that speaks to him that there is a problem.

Perhaps speaking to him would be more effective than waiting for him to develop clairvoyant abilities.

I have tried to talk to him but he’s like my Dad it goes in one ear and out the other. It just it’s gets so hot in the actually church someone might have actually died from heatstroke in June of 2006. And Mom claims it’s too expensive to have two fans be left on just because 1 person (me) is still in the church. How about even leaving one fan on just so I can have some air in there?

And it’s not just fans, he will also close one of the two big church doors which lead to depending on which direction you’re going- if you’re going to the kitchen that’s upstairs, or if you’re going to gym, that’s downstairs.

And the other day I did have a reason to accidently yell at him it just he couldn’t realize I was working out in the hall to deal with the juice for snack time since I couldn’t use the trolleys for the snack time due to the Food-to-go people using them I needed the breeze as much as the arts&crafts area (maybe even more) and he kept making the fan stand still in their direction which was making me mad.