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Old 03-28-2021, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by cmac2012 View Post
I'm paywalled out of the NYT at present, found the story on Fortune. The owner sounds like a dick all right.
What came first the "dick" employee or the "dick" employer. Could go either way but more than likely if the employee was above the board, a good worker he would have been paid in the easiest manner, write a check. I have no idea the effort it would take to round up 91K pennies, but not easy or W/O cost for sure.

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Old 03-28-2021, 09:07 PM
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Angry @$$#oles

Dicks will be dicks .

As a Journeyman Mechanic and ex indie shop owner I can tell you husky man is right on target ~ finding a competent Mechanic / shop is getting very hard and dealers are no guarantee either .

Add in the sad fact that at least 1/2 of the Customers think it's O.K. to lie or cheat the shop and it's no fun for anyone these days .

Ignorance is the mother of suspicion and fear is the father

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Old 03-29-2021, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by INSIDIOUS View Post
I'd be interested to see a law. Doubtful that the break point would be $1 given we have coins 1, 5,10,&20$ which are now worth their weight in gold

I stand corrected. Still, it seems the worker could refuse them for another form of payment. I would say they technically dumps money. It was not handed over to the individual. Did he sign for the money? I see a lot wrong on the former employer's actions. I'm not a lawyer though.
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Old 03-29-2021, 08:48 AM
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In a strict legal and lawful sense, there are many many problems/issues with the current state of currency. Remember, the federal constitution says only contracts involving TWENTY ONE SILVER DOLLARS and other good and valuable consideration are valid.

Notes are notes, paper is paper and neither is SILVER or GOLD. It takes real work to mine silver or gold from the earth. in contrast, any government idiot can turn on a printing press and print up some federal reserve notes.

There is a a reason the Federal Reserve Bank of New York keeps billions in gold bars (gold is heavy - the workers wear steel toed boots to move the stuff around the safe) stashed in their underground safe. THEY got the gold and we got, well, think about it.......
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Old 03-29-2021, 12:50 PM
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Try dumping toxic materials on this place and see what happens to you
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Old 05-29-2021, 10:10 PM
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Originally Posted by merc lover View Post
One of the main reasons I began learning and reading up on how to work on the cars was due to the following:

1. Extremely poor service/attitudes from auto repair shops.

2. Repairs were not made properly causing me to spend yet more time and money to get the job done correctly. I've spent around $10,000 over the past 20 years with auto repair shops who failed to make the proper repairs.

3. When asked to take accountability, the shop owners copped a plea.

ANY business can handle normal day to day business operations fairly well. It is when an unusual situation arises that you find out EXACTLY what type of people you are dealing with.........

I don't try and steer anyone away from these shops either; I've learned the average mercedes owner needs to get a good dose of abuse THEMSELVES before any changes occur.......this means I don't make negative comments about the businesses on, file complaints with the BBB, or make posts on facebook or trust pilot either.
I started doing my on mechanical work because I could barely afford gas let alone to pay someone. Next is I have zero trust.
Concerning the pennies it is better then not getting paid.
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Old 05-30-2021, 01:15 PM
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I keep thinking about this .

In years past there was no internet, YELP and so on to spread cautions about poor shops, dirty restaurants etc.

I have no problem being honest in my reviews so they're sought after .

I began tinkering on things with tools when I was barely out of diapers and never stopped, I love my life's work because I can take pride in a job well done .

I don't trust many others, I need to up date my 1982 240D's 722.117 tranny thread to detail exatcly why ~ in the end I had to make up my own testing tools and teach my self how to properly adjust the Mercedes transmission, it's now like new and non car people comment when they ride in it .

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Old 05-30-2021, 01:24 PM
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I started because I enjoyed it and had way more time than money, so why not learn along the way. I long for those times again. I have a good network here of mechanics and the only thing I have experienced is the fender of my Sky getting crunched in jacking, which is extremely common (they look structural like most other cars but arent). Technically happened before (or as?) I bought the car and didnt notice for some time.

I still try and do most work, but no driveway or garage sucks. My Delica, you can do most engine maintenance while sitting in the drivers seat. We just got a grand cherokee which will get its work done by a dealer outside of basic maintenance (obviously hope nothing goes wrong in the first place).

The vast vast majority of local mechanics and shops are honest and dependable. Dealers kinda depends on the shop it seems, we have had goof luck mostly. My BMW dealer(s) service depts were by far and away the worst to work with. Ditto that for the sales floor/finance too.

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- 2004 Mazda RALLYWANKEL
- 2007 Saturn sky redline
- 2004 Explorer...under surgery.

Past: 135i, GTI, 300E, 300SD, 300SD, Stealth
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