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Old 08-30-2009, 06:40 PM   #1
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until they develop countermeasures.

On Sunday morning we couldn't find a service station to pull out the nail from the front tire so we went into one of these tire-selling franchises.

He said "$32" and our family friend said "Yes" and went to lunch with my wife while I settled down in the customer waiting room and watched a Soprano rerun.

The tire guy soon came out with a barely suppressed smirk and showed me that there were two nails in the tire, not one.

I said "Cool! I can't imagine where that lady has been driving."

He said, "Two nails; it's now $64" and I knew he would not give that car back until he got as much money as he wanted.

Truthfully I said, "Not my tire, not my car, cannot say either way."

He said, "What's her phone number? I have to reach her."

More truth: "Dunno', dunno' that lady's cell number, don't know her home phone number [lie], don't know if she has her cell with her, don't know if she has a home phone [lie] and I don't know where she lives [lie]."

Now I had the barely suppressed smirk.

That piece of dog excrement waited a few seconds and then told the mech. to fix it for $32.
When she got back he made sure she knew what a big favor he had done for her.

What I take from this is that
it's easy to pry money out of people who are in a hurry, and now I know it works both ways.
It was worth more than $32 to him to free that service bay because it was likely that he could get some other customer in there who would be easier to cheat.

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$32.00 to fix a tire?

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$32.00 to fix a tire?
I told "the lady" that she can call the cops.
If they're honest they'd tell her it's a civil matter.
If not they'd investigate her for having the nerve to charge a US corporation with attempted fraud.

For $32 I'd have walked home.
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