Years ago, I needed a manager to sign off, some work I did in a Tops
grocery. They had a room full of TV monitors, and a guy who was using them
to watch the women shoppers.
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Me and JH did some T1 cable extension work in some Sears stores and the
loss control folks had a monitor room where they were watching the whole
store inside and out. ^_^
Conversely, I sat down on my riding lawn mower for the second time this
morning and turned the key.
THE FREAKIN' BATTERY EXPLODED!
That's exactly what it did - it blew up! Scared the bejesus out of me and
garage cat who was watching with feigned indifference.
Took the remnants of the battery back to Walmart. "It's out of warranty,"
said the clerk.
"Forget about warranty," said I. "It damn near killed me and both my
neighbors! It's a safety issue."
"It's out of warranty," said the supervisor.
"I'm not making a warranty claim," I repeated. "I'm claiming attempted
"I'm terribly sorry, sir," was the final word from the store manager. "The
battery's warranty has long since expired. I can, however, make a saftey
"And just how is a 'safety report' going to affect me in the next five
minutes?" I inquired. "I can barely hear you, I have acid burns on my hand,
my cat is in the next county, I'm even afraid to be in this sales room with
so many potential bombs!"
Presently I left and bought a replacement battery at the auto parts store. I
should have asked how often this happens... Anybody know the area code for
Damn near! What with the cloud of smoke, the sulfuric acid fumes, bits of
the battery flung all over the place! It was a scarifying experience! Not to
mention the psychological counseling that will no doubt be required for
I would have settled for a little empathy and a modest monetary
consideration. Something like: "I don't blame you for being agitated. Had it
been me, I'd have had to change my drawers. How about I give you five
dollars off on a replacement, seeing as how this battery is out of
That's what happens when you over charge the battery or try to jump start it
with your pick up..Batteries don't just explode on their own..It requires
stupidity on the part of a human or mechanical failure on the charging
system....Blaming Wal-Mart for your mistake or other mechanical failure is
dishonest...Glad they saw thru your ruse as that drives up the cost to the
rest of us.....
I didn't overcharge the battery. It wasn't hooked up to a charger, another
battery, or a water faucet. It just sat there, maliciously planning the
exact time to extract maximum toll on an innocent user. Then, at what the
battery perceived to be the best time, it ATTACKED!
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