Good Grief, what happened to America?
In a time where corporations are crying, saying everything is so
competitive. It makes me wonder if they're trying to see who can make the
most junk, with the least customer service, and laugh the most at the
customers. Or, are companies just doing whatever they can, to grab a buck,
and not think of the future?
I'm not one to shop for cheap, I just want a decent product and service,
Just some of the experiences this year that is putting me over the edge.
1. Bought a 26" walk behind Snapper mower from a tractor supply company.
Problem after problem, starting it. After the second time of loading this
165# machine in my truck, I told them come get it. I told them if they
couldn't fix it the third time around, to give me a new one. They responded
they are backed up, and it would be approx. 2 weeks b/4 they would be able
to diagnose it. With that, I told them if they couldn't get it back to me
within 2 days, to keep it, for I would call the CC company, and report it as
an unsatisfactory product for which I would not pay. They got it back to me
within 2 days, but when they called, they told me come pick it up. UGH!
Bring me the darn thing, or keep it. They brought it out the same day.
2. Wanting to get rid of the dinosaur dial up, and having to deal with
outsourced techs over in India, I thought I would go with the no-brainer and
get DSL. An online application indicated I couldn't get DSL from my
telephone company. WTF? So, I find out the neighbor, not 200 ft. away, has
DSL from the local telephone company. He's had it for over 2 years. I input
all the neighbors adjoining his property, they can't get it. Ok, I call the
phone company, and inquire what's the deal. They read off their system says
I can't get it. Ok, I know what the system says, but why can this guy get
it, and nobody else, even though their properties are adjoining? The
response is: The system says you can't. UGH! Ok, I now have RR on order, and
will see how this ordeal goes down.
3. Landed a new job early this year. It was for the largest LTL trucking
company in the nation. I just acquired Class A, with hazmat, double-triples,
and tanker. I have driven straight truck going on 3 years. They give me a
yard test, to see if I can hookup double/triples. Ok, no problem. Next thing
they give me a road test, ok, no problem. Next thing they want me to do is
drive doubles for them. Now, I don't mind being thrown to the lions, but to
pull a set of doubles, one should have experience running a combination unit
first. I quit, simply because I think safety first, and I know I wasn't
ready to pull doubles.
4. Took out a loan, and started paying it down by paying extra towards
principle only. I read the fine print, and there wasn't a penalty for paying
off the loan early. Next thing that happens, the bank attempts to charge me
for paying the loan off early. It took an act of the States Attorney
General, to get things straightened out.
5. I've went through 4 Bunn coffee makers with 7 years. I have city water,
filter, and a water softener. Decided to look at other makers, because I'm
not satisfied with how long these have lasted. Everyone I've looked at, you
pour water in the back. Ok, my counters are standard width (25 inches).
Standard height from counter to upper cabinets (between 16/18 inches, mine
is 17"). Now, how are you supposed lift the lid, and pour water in the back,
if you have the coffee maker sitting under the upper cabinets? They should
put wheels on these things or something, if you have to pull out the maker
each time to dump coffee. That's what I liked about the Bunn, the lid flips
from the front. I mean, I shouldn't have to remodel my kitchen, in order to
have a coffee maker.
6. Got a Deere 280 skid-steer. The engineering on the dang thing is
absolutely atrocious. I won't go into specifics, but I could write a book on
what's wrong with this thing.
7. Called for some top soil, scheduled to delivery in the A.M. I waited, and
waited and..... Finally called the company to see if they were going to make
it. Their response: They are too busy today, let's schedule for next week.
Ya right, I'll jump right on that one.