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This Answer Is As Clear As Glass

, , , , , | Working | March 10, 2021

I am a field service mechanic for an equipment rental company. Yesterday, I blocked a machine from going on rent due to a broken windshield. I am out on a service call when I get the following call from my boss.

Boss: “Why did you say not to send the machine with the broken windshield?”

Me: *Pauses* “Because it has a broken windshield.”

Boss: “But are you concerned about the broken glass?”

Me: “Yes, that’s why when I saw the machine with broken glass, I said, ‘Don’t send it; it has broken glass.’”

Boss: “But is it dangerous?”

Me: “Broken glass? Yes!”

Boss: “Oh, well, I just wanted to know if I could send it out.”

Me: “Has someone else replaced the glass since yesterday?”

Boss: “No, but—”

Me: *Interrupting* “Then no. We can’t send a machine with broken glass out on rent.”

Boss: “Are you sure?”

Me: “Yes. I’m sure. If it breaks further, it could cut someone.”

Boss: “Oh, I hadn’t thought of that.”

He’s a nice guy and means well but is kind of clueless sometimes.