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Crazy Week

It's been a crazy week here. A week ago my daughter and son-in-law brought me 4 used tires for my pickup. Tuesday I finally got to the tire shop to have them mounted. I was so pleased. . .and surprised. I knew the pickup would handle better with the new (to me) tires, but was pleasantly surprised to find the road noise was much abated.

I looked out the window at the vehicle Wednesday morning and it didn't look quite right. I got to a position where I could see it better and lo and behold, I had a flat! I had specifically told them to check the tires for leaks before they put them on the pickup! I was irate. I waited until I'd cooled off a little and could speak rationally before I called and politely issued my complaint.

They finally got a service man out to fix the flat around 4 pm. At least the tires have all held since then. Where have all the good employees gone? It seems people take no pride in their work any more.

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scheng1 wrote on February 7, 2015, 8:38 AM

I think you just happen to meet the mechanics who have no passion for work.

j2jworkz wrote on February 7, 2015, 8:43 AM

Frustrating with the service industry - seems to happen more often than not anymore.

MelissaE wrote on February 7, 2015, 8:45 AM

I don't know where you live, but American parents do not stress hard work and passion for your job anymore.

WordChazer wrote on February 7, 2015, 9:17 AM

The service industries no longer serve, it seems. You're right there.

BeadDoodler wrote on February 7, 2015, 9:24 AM

I think so. This is a relatively new business and is competing with Big O, a chain store. They are probably scrambling to find employees to meet their business demands and might not screen them well or take the time to train them properly.

BeadDoodler wrote on February 7, 2015, 9:25 AM

I have found that if I can find a privately owned mechanic shop (which I have) that I get better service. However there just aren't any privately owned tire repair services, so quality isn't as good.

BeadDoodler wrote on February 7, 2015, 9:27 AM

I know. And businesses don't compensate good workers any more than they do the poor ones, which makes many young workers complacent.

rosepetal wrote on February 12, 2015, 12:01 AM

You are right. You have to watch some of them. Hubby went in for an oil change. He thought it was pretty quick, so he checked the oil. It was still dirty. They didn't do anything and was going to make my hubby pay for it.

BeadDoodler wrote on February 12, 2015, 7:21 AM

Oh my gosh! that's the worst. I think it's even worse than the time they didn't tighten up the oil plug and all the oil drained out in the 12 mile trip back home.

Carmelanirel wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:27 AM

Oh wow, glad you were not on the highway when the tire went flat, I remember a few times as I was growing up how scary it is to be stuck on the highway waiting for the tire to be changed.

BeadDoodler wrote on February 12, 2015, 12:22 PM

Oh me too! I've had a blowout on the front tire on the highway (with four relatively small children in the car). Fortunately I managed to bring it to a stop safely and put my spare down. I don't ever want that to happen again.

rosepetal wrote on February 12, 2015, 2:55 PM

That is bad. If that happened to my hubby he would be hot. So, I can deduct that you were not at all pleased either.

Carmelanirel wrote on February 12, 2015, 8:05 PM

Oh, I can't imagine having to change a tire on the highway with small children in the car.

BeadDoodler wrote on February 12, 2015, 10:15 PM

Nope. Blown head gasket wasn't anything to be happy about.

BeadDoodler wrote on February 12, 2015, 10:21 PM

Well that was the 70's. A lot of things were different back then including my age!

Carmelanirel wrote on February 15, 2015, 5:17 PM

It was in the 70s when I was with my sister and her family and the tire blew out on the highway. Of course as a teenager, I felt it was

cheri wrote on March 7, 2015, 4:44 AM

That is nice. At least there is less to worry about after the fixing.