Hi, I Just Flipped a Switch, $69 Please, and Oh, By The Way, Can I Sell You a New Furnace?
There is nothing that pisses me off more than paying somebody to make me look like a complete idiot.
It was cool enough yesterday, and Nancy was running a slight fever, so she was cold. She turned on the furnace.
About 5:00 p.m. she came in and said “hear that motor running? Wonder what it is?” After lurking around the house, she said “it’s been making that noise all day.”
Damn tinnitus. The only way I could hear it was to turn everything off. As we stood in the hallway next to the thermostat, I turned off the furnace. The noise stopped. It wasn’t the fan motor it was some other sound.
That’s the extent of my diagnostic skills when it comes to furnaces that are in a crawl space with a dirt floor.
Nancy called the service guys and they came out today, walked in the house, turned on the switch I turned off, the furnace fired up, the fan fired up and they gave her a bill for $69 and said, “if he wants a new furnace we are extending the rebate program through the end of the year.”
Guess whut? That $69 bill you gave for walking in my house and flipping a switch just cost you a shot at selling me a new furnace.
You $69 pigs.
I was at a trade show in Chicago a while back, and as I was setting up the booth, I plugged in the electric cord to power my lap top. the union worker came flying out of nowhere and told me that I wasn’t allowed to do that. Only authorized union workers could plug it in. He took the cord, unplugged it from the floor outlet and replugged it back in. He then handed me a bill for $150.00 for electricity i the booth. I spit on the bill, crumbled it up and tossed it on the ground.
Needless to say I went without power that show.
@LOTGK: HOOO RAY for you. I’ve only heard of this happening and thought it was somewhat of an Urban Legend. Un-believable!!!
I found out that in Chicago, New York, Atlantic City and Philadelphia, the unions are very strict. It’s like they are looking to pick a fight and that’s bad business. Vendors pay big money for a booth at these shows, roughly $1800-2500 per 10X10 booth. That doesn’t include carpeting, chairs, tables, etc. You would think the show management would bend over backwards for the exhiboters, but they do not.
However, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Columbus, Orlando, and Gatlinburg, are very vendor friendly.
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