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For the similarly named mission in Grand Theft Auto IV, see Deconstruction for Beginners.
No, hold up. I got this. I need to go and teach them a little respect, huh?
— CJ about the construction workers.

Deconstruction is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas which the protagonist Carl Johnson performs independently at his gas station/garage in Doherty, San Fierro.


The cement truck burying the foreman.

Carl goes into the garage to check up on his new workforce, who are working on a Remington. Suddenly, an angry Kendl comes in and explains that construction workers from the construction site next to the garage have been harassing her. Cesar attempts to confront them, but Carl tells him he will sort it, claiming he has been "thinking about getting new land anyway".

Carl goes to the nearby construction site in Doherty to try and deter the building company from getting on the bad side of the Johnson family. He destroys six huts while workers are trying to stop him. After the huts have been destroyed, the foreman appears from inside a portable toilet, witnesses the destruction, and heads back into the toilet. Carl uses a bulldozer to push the foreman's toilet into a ditch, then uses a cement mixer to fill the ditch with cement, burying the foreman alive.

Mission Objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Destroy all the portables. You will need a bulldozer
  • Destroy all the portables before the cops arrive
  • Bury the foreman and his toilet
  • Get in a cement truck
  • Back into position in front of the hole


  • Multiple workers (optional) - Can be killed by Carl Johnson for blocking his way of destroying the portables and killing the foreman.
  • Construction Foreman - Killed by Carl Johnson for harassing his sister.


There is no reward for completing this mission, but the missions Photo Opportunity and Back to School are unlocked.


Carl meets Cesar and his new workers.
CJ: Hey, homies!
Cesar: What up, Carl?
Kendl angrily storms into the garage.
Kendl: What the fuck is going on? Do I look like a hooker to you?
CJ: What?
Kendl: Those assholes keep saying shit to me?
Cesar: Who said this to you?
Kendl: The construction workers up that hill.
Cesar: I'm gonna fuck them up...
CJ: No, hold up, I got this. I need to go and teach them a little respect, huh?
Cesar: That's right.
CJ: Yeah. I been thinking about getting me some new land anyway.
After CJ destroys all the portables, the construction foreman gets out of the portable toilet.
Foreman: What's all that damned clatter? (sees the destruction) Holy crap! I didn't see nothing! (gets back in the toilet)
CJ pushes the foreman's toilet into the ditch and buries it using a cement truck.


Video Walkthroughs


  • The song playing in the background during the opening cutscene is "Low Rider" by War, which can also be heard on Master Sounds 98.3.
  • If Carl fails to destroy the portables or bury the foreman in time, the mission will fail and a two-star wanted level is attained, with the red text saying "You took too long. The cops are on to you!"
  • The portable toilet the foreman is in is surprisingly heavy and is only able to be pushed properly with the dozer. However, on some occasions, using satchel charges, rockets, or even grenades can blast the toilet into the hole.
  • The foreman can say eight different lines of dialogue when the player continuously pushes the portable toilet.
  • In the mobile version, race tournaments are unlocked after Jethro's phone call, along with the Driving School classes.
  • This is the only time a Cement Truck can be used to pour cement.