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    | Chicago, IL, USA | Top

    Customer: “This electronic key does not work in my car.”

    Me: “Does it turn in the ignition?”

    Customer: “Yes, but it will not start.”

    (I put the original and copy key in my magic decoder box and they check out fine.)

    Me: “Well, let me have a look… where is your car?”

    Customer: “At home.”

    Me: “Well, you have to drive it here.”

    Customer: “But the key does not work.”

    Me: “Use your original key.”

    Customer: “That does not work either.”

    Me: “Okay, let me explain how this works. I make a copy of your key. If your key does not work, then the new key will not work either.”

    Customer: “What?”

    Me: “Let me put it like this. If you copy a paper with misspelled words the copier will not correct the spelling, because it’s a copy! What happens when you try the key?”

    Customer: “The dash says ‘Code not found’.”

    Me: “Well, then the problem is the car, not the key. It is not reading the code on the key.”

    Customer: “So make me another.”

    Me: “The problem is the car. Are you going to pay when the next one does not work?”

    Customer: “No, I’m not going to pay for a key that does not work!”

    Me: “So you want me to keep making keys for you until one works or I run out of them. But you will not pay for any of the keys that do not work even though the problem is your car, not the key.”

    Customer: “Yep.”

    Me: “Sorry, I’m just not that stupid.”

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