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2seaoat wrote:http://www.today.com/news/dairy-queen-workers-good-deed-goes-viral-4B11203810
This story verifies my belief that goodness lives in people . . . . .

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The best part is he did not tell anybody. I was a very very very hard worker when I worked my junior, senior years in high school at a dodge dealership. I had respect of everyone because I simply helped everybody and worked to do the maximum I could every second I was on the job. I have told this story, but in the late 60s and early 70s they had speedometer repairmen who would spin miles off used cars. It was completely dishonest. I remember this piece of crap car that I took in to my detail stall and saw 30k miles had been spun off the odometer sometime that week. This family with about 4 young kids are buying this car, and I am hearing the salesmen making fun of the people on what a stupid deal they signed.

Well the dealership had a hill which lead to the state Highway, and on the incline the car stalled and the battery was shot. I tried to jump, but with the battery connected I could not get it started. As I looked into the glass showroom, I saw the entire sales staff laughing at this family. I told the guy he needs a new battery, and went in to the guy who sold him the car and told him the same. He goes tough. It was sold as is and parts is closed, and he will have to buy a battery in the morning. I looked at the guy's eye's and I looked at the other salesmen snickering and talking in the background. I went over to a car in the showroom and opened the hood, and took out my pliers and disconnected a battery, snapped it out and glared at every single person in the showroom with my pissed off look, and every single person would not look me in the eye. I went out and put the battery in the car. They started it and said thank you. When I was carrying the battery back to parts, I intentionally walked through the showroom glaring like a mad man...........they cleared out like Jeffery Dahmer was looking for lunch. I go back to the detail stall thinking the sales manager is going to come back and fire me, or the sales person was going to say that battery was coming out of my next paycheck, not his.........but nobody said a thing that night. A few weeks went by and nothing, and then one night the Sales Manager came back to the detail rack as I was working, and he starts talking to me.........and he says.....kid you have balls, and you got nothing to worry about in life. This kid at Dairy Queen......he has balls.......and he has nothing to worry about in life........I know because doing the right thing regardless of the consequences is the only choice. ( the next summer I was going back to college in three weeks, so I wanted to do the right thing and give a Toyota dealership a two weeks notice.......they let me go one hour later......I needed that two weeks of pay, but it still was the right thing, just a different result).

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If you really wanted to do the right thing why didn't you tell the family the odometer was rolled back which is illegal so they could get their money back?

If you really wanted to do the right thing why didn't you tell the family the odometer was rolled back which is illegal so they could get their money back?

I did not see the speedo truck turn it back. They would pull in all the car lots, and the sales manager would send the speedo panel truck to a car, and the guy would basically use a drill and spin the miles back on a high mileage newer model. I was 80% certain they had spun the car, but at that time it was not a crime, and there was no federal law or state law, and I had not seen them spin it. I suppose a prosecutor could file criminal charges on fraud, but everybody including private owners were spinning them, and nobody was being prosecuted.....nobody. In the mid 70s states started passing laws, and they would do what they call dealer trades with KY, and I remember at that time other states who had passed laws would ship them off to KY where they had no law like the old days, they would spin them, and then wholesale the vehicles. The manufactuers and the feds started making it tough with safety measures which made it near impossible to spin an odometer because of mandated design safeguards, but as late as 1984, I had a friend who got a car which was featured on a 60 minute expose where his miles had been spun. The car dealership he bought had nothing to do with the spin, but they ended up in civil court and he got 5k which was a lot of money at that time.

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2seaoat wrote:The best part is he did not tell anybody.   I was a very very very hard worker when I worked my junior, senior years in high school at a dodge dealership.  I had respect of everyone because I simply helped everybody and worked to do the maximum I could every second I was on the job.   I have told this story, but in the late 60s and early 70s they had speedometer repairmen who would spin miles off used cars.   It was completely dishonest.  I remember this piece of crap car that I took in to my detail stall and saw 30k miles had been spun off the odometer sometime that week.   This family with about 4 young kids are buying this car, and I am hearing the salesmen making fun of the people on what a stupid deal they signed.

Well the dealership had a hill which lead to the state Highway, and on the incline the car stalled and the battery was shot.   I tried to jump, but with the battery connected I could not get it started.  As I looked into the glass showroom, I saw the entire sales staff laughing at this family.  I told the guy he needs a new battery, and went in to the guy who sold him the car and told him the same.   He goes tough.  It was sold as is and parts is closed, and he will have to buy a battery in the morning.   I looked at the guy's eye's and I looked at the other salesmen snickering and talking in the background.  I went over to a car in the showroom and opened the hood, and took out my pliers and disconnected a battery, snapped it out and glared at every single person in the showroom with my pissed off look, and every single person would not look me in the eye.  I went out and put the battery in the car.  They started it and said thank you.  When I was carrying the battery back to parts, I intentionally walked through the showroom glaring like a mad man...........they cleared out like Jeffery Dahmer was looking for lunch.    I go back to the detail stall thinking the sales manager is going to come back and fire me, or the sales person was going to say that battery was coming out of my next paycheck, not his.........but nobody said a thing that night.   A few weeks went by and nothing, and then one night the Sales Manager came back to the detail rack as I was working, and he starts talking to me.........and he says.....kid you have balls, and you got nothing to worry about in life.   This kid at Dairy Queen......he has balls.......and he has nothing to worry about in life........I know because doing the right thing regardless of the consequences is the only choice.  ( the next summer I was going back to college in three weeks, so I wanted to do the right thing and give a Toyota dealership a  two weeks notice.......they let me go one hour later......I needed that two weeks of pay, but it still was the right thing, just a different result).
This thread was and is not about you. I realize that hard for you to grasp.

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This thread was and is not about you. I realize that hard for you to grasp.




My thread.....my choice.   A kid who makes a decision and confronts a wrong, has a great future.   I gave an example of the same, but if it was your thread, you could cut and paste the fact that the violent crime of taking the 20 bucks would be reported as a violent crime in England which is worse than violent crime in the United States.   Now based on your propensity to shade the truth in most of your posts, I suppose you would have got the $20 back from the lady, and then pocketed it.   Some things are about us.

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I woulda picked up the twenty. But, unlike that idiot, I would have made sure nobody saw me. lol

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Here's a moral question for you.

A year or so ago I was at a yard sale in Pine Glades. It was on Datura Street (my memory is crap but some things stick in your mind).
As I was walking away from the sale, I looked down and spotted a 20 dollar bill. It was on the grass beside the driveway and almost to where the driveway met the street.
I picked it up and put it in my pocket. I'd just spent some money at the sale and I was happy as a clam because the 20 paid for what I'd bought with money left over. lol

After I got in the car, the little devil and angel appeared on my shoulders.
The angel told me to find the person who had lost the 20. He said "take it to the yard sale people".
But what the devil told me made more sense to me (although admittedly I was biased LOL). He whispered into my ear: "since the money was at the end of the driveway it most likely belonged to someone who had already left the sale so if you tell the yard sale person about it he'll just wrongfully claim it for himself".
So I went with the advice from the little devil and merrily started up the car and drove away.

So who was right, the angel or the devil?


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The devil under that fact pattern. If you could not connect the money with the person who lost it, and in light of the small amount, you did the right thing. I found a wallet in a parking lot of an eight unit apartment building and saw the person ID that he was out of state. I then knocked on each door and asked if they knew the person. Some young guy answered the door, and said he knew the person, but he looked at my hand where I held the wallet. I then foolishly told him he was from out of state, and he tells me he visited him last week. I gave him the wallet, and it had a couple hundred bucks in it. After I gave it to him, I realized I might have done the wrong thing. Who would you have given the 20 bucks to and as soon as you asked you would have somebody claiming the same.

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Seaoat,

Did you see my last post in the "gay car" thread? If not then please read it.
I know you have a later model Prius than mine (2007) and I'm wondering if you experienced the same thing with your car as I did mine.

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