Mini-Cooper Versus 35-Ton Truck

, , , , , , | Working | September 14, 2018

I manage the stock of a mid-sized downtown hospital. The delivery entrance was built long before healthcare products were delivered with 35-ton trucks. Entering this narrow path from the street is not easy; to get out in reverse is a challenge. Since we have another hospital, a stadium, the justice hall, and three schools within a 200-meter radius, all streets in the vicinity are filled with cars parked along the boardwalk… which complicates delivery trucks’ manoeuvres.

One day, we find a Mini-Cooper parked along the delivery quay, right in front of the 8000-liter air-liquid tank. It is not only explicitly prohibited, but it is plain stupid. No one want to see a manoeuvring truck crush a giant air-liquid tank; the explosion could snuff the whole neighbourhood.

Supposing it is a hospital visitor who didn’t find a parking place in the streets around, we ask the front desk to make a general announcement, but no one came to move the Mini. It stays until after six pm, well after visiting time is over. By sheer luck, only lorries with low loads have come this day. The case seems closed.

The day after, the Mini-Cooper is back in an even more dangerous position. Several general announcements give no result. Towing companies cannot take out the car without a police commission, and the police cannot give the commission since it’s a private area.

A coworker crosses the delivery quay on a forklift loaded with a full pallet of plaster bags. It hits us all at the same time: there is no way the Mini-Cooper could be heavier than this stack of plaster.

Our coworker puts an empty pallet on the forks, delicately lifts the Mini-Cooper and loads it out onto the public street. It takes less than ten minutes for the local precinct to commission the towing of the car.

The day after, we are informed that the car belonged to the General Manager’s wife!

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