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    | Whitehorse, YT, Canada | Money, Transportation

    (A man brings his minivan in to our shop for a suspected power steering leak. He is not sure exactly what’s leaking, but he saw a lot of red fluid underneath his car. After the mechanic finds the leak I call the customer.)

    Me: “We found that one of the hoses was starting to crack at a bend. The dealer is the only one that has this part available in town. The part is $185, the labour for replacing the hose is rated at an hour which is $110, the diagnosis time is $49, taxes etc. will bring the total repair to $368.00.”

    Customer: “I understand the part and the labour costs, but I don’t necessarily see the need for a diagnosis. Couldn’t you have found out what was leaking without diagnosing it? That’s $50 for nothing, really.”

    Me: “Well… we could replace all the power steering parts for about $2500, or we could find out exactly what is leaking and just fix that. What would you prefer?”

    (He opted for the $368.00 repair that included a ‘$50 for nothing, really’ diagnosis.)

    Take A Trip Down Memory Fast Lane

    | Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada | Crazy Requests, Theme Of The Month, Transportation

    (A caller is on the phone:)

    Caller: “My car was in for an inspection just over a year ago. Do you remember what repairs it needed?”

    Me: “Hmm, that’s close to 10,000 work orders ago. That would be a ‘no.’”

    Customer: “I think it was around $700. What could that be?”

    Me: “Time for another inspection?”

    This Conversation Goes Round And Round

    | Whitehorse, YT, Canada | Crazy Requests, Theme Of The Month, Transportation

    (A customer phones in and wants a quote on a very specific tire and size.)

    Me: “I’m sorry, but [Brand] doesn’t make that winter tire in that size.”

    Caller: “When will you be getting them in?”

    Me: “They don’t make that tire in your size.”

    Caller: “If you order them in for me during the sale, can I still get sale price?”

    Me: “Sir, they DON’T make that tire in the size you need.”

    Caller: “Do you think I could get a rain check for them then?”

    Me: ‘Sir, we can’t issue you a rain check for a tire that they… don’t… make!”

    Caller: *Click*

    Radiating A Feeling Of Thanksgiving

    | Kansas City, MO, USA | Awesome Workers, Family & Kids, Top, Transportation

    (I am a married father of three and money is tight. A few days before Thanksgiving, my truck develops a radiator leak. I really need my truck fixed on this particular Saturday. I find a local shop that is willing to take a look even though they are usually closed Saturdays.)

    Mechanic: “Okay, I found a pinhole leak in one of the side tanks on the radiator and should be able to fix it no problem. It will be about $45.”

    (I grimace at the cost, but have no choice.)

    Me: “Okay, do what you need to. I just need it fixed.”

    (After another 20 minutes…)

    Mechanic: “Well, I have good news and bad news. The hole is fixed but it turns out that the seal on the other side is leaking badly as well.”

    Me: “How much more will that cost to fix?”

    (He leans into the manager’s office and asks how much.)

    Manager: “That would bring it up to $65.00… maybe more, depending on how we have to repair it.”

    Me: “Well, go ahead and fix it. I really need the truck running today.”

    (The mechanic goes back to fix it. My phone rings and it’s a friend. )

    Friend: *on the phone* “How bad is the truck? How much will it cost?”

    (I proceed to tell him the truck’s condition and cost, and add…)

    Me: “…this really hurts because it’s coming out of our grocery money for the week.”

    (After my truck is fixed, the mechanic comes in to speak with the boss.)

    Mechanic: “Alright, it’s all fixed and ready to go. Boss? How much do I charge him?”

    Manager: *to me* “Where is your car parked? Front or back?”

    Me: “Out front.”

    Manager: *to the mechanic* “Take it out front and put it in his trunk for him. No charge.”

    Me: “What? Are you serious?”

    Manager: “As a heart attack. You go enjoy your Thanksgiving with your family, and Happy Holidays!”

    (In shock and disbelief, I leave the shop with the mechanic, load up with my son, and leave. It dawns on me five minutes into the drive I forgot to even say thank you! I went back the following Monday and thanked him profusely and took a stack of business cards with me. I now recommend them to anyone who has car troubles. And they say kindness is dead in our modern age.)

    Suffocatingly Insufferable

    | Michigan, USA | Family & Kids, Health & Body

    (I work in an enclosed collision center where the customer can drive in for an estimate. We therefore ask all customers to turn off their vehicle while it’s inside to prevent the fumes from building up.)

    Me: “Hello, ma’am! Can you please turn your vehicle off and we can start the estimate?”

    Customer: “No, I will not! My children are in the car. It is far too hot for them!”

    Me: “We have to have the vehicle turned off. The fumes can build up in here very quickly making everyone—including your children—very sick.”

    Customer: “I care that my children are too HOT. I don’t care if they get SICK!”

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