March 6th, 2009

MSU - Local 42

Remembered bad service

While I was making dessert for my mom, I remembered a bad service from last summer - while it had me beyond annoyed at the time, it's rather funny now.

My sister and I went to the UDF for ice cream shakes, and I sent her to order mine while I got ice and my mom's Diet Coke. Sister calls me over to tell me that the clerk refused to make my shake. When I asked the clerk why, she said she's be glad to make me a mint-chocolate shake but couldn't make me a hot fudge mint shake. I asked her if they were out of hot fudge - she said no. I asked her if they didn't offer those shakes anymore. She said, "No, we still have it." I asked her why then she couldn't make my order. She stated that no one who ordered it liked it, because the hot fudge melted the ice cream. I told her I knew that - and chocolate syrup didn't taste like hot fudge, I wanted the hot fudge, would she make my shake now? She again refused.

It's (somewhat) amusing now - but at the time? Manager got a call the next morning.

Damn Mechanics

Car Troubles
My car has been in the shop the past week. This is not exactly unexpected, since it's an older car, but I am so mad at the mechanics right now.
The car's engine was surging, and it would fade out sometimes. So I had it towed to County Auto and Rad, a small local place. I have had very bad experiences with the other mechanic in town, and I thought I would give this place a try. A friend's cousin manages it, and she told me they did very good work.
They told me the problem was my car's MAP sensor, which would cost about $300 to fix. No problem. Then a couple of days later, they call and tell me it is also the fuel pump which is broken. Replacing THAT brings the bill up to nearly $1000. Since I can't afford a new car, I borrow money from my parents to replace the fuel pump. I picked the car up this afternoon and it ran fine. I even checked all the fluids before I left the shop, because it has happened before where they emptied them to fix the car and forgot to fill them back up.
This evening, however, when I went to pick up my boyfriend from work the same problems started again! The engine was surging and then the car died on me. I was able to get it going, and back into my driveway, but I am beyond angry. They charged me nearly a grand and did not even fix the damn car.
I am going to try to call them tomorrow, but god knows if they are open weekends and even so, I have no idea where I will get the cash to fix THIS problem.

X posted to my journal.