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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by ak_diane, Aug 16, 2012.
This planet. (but nice try)
The "you don't pay me enough to care" approach can get you stuck in low paying jobs for a long time. I don't expect everyone who works in a service industry to be a genius but at minimum be friendly and respectful. The world is just a bit better that way.
Are you trolling or are you serious?
Fixed it a little.
You Puritans do sure get worked up about people indulging in the devils drink, never went to work hungover eh?.
My dealer found the issue with my Shadow this week, I had been trying to find the cause for months, choke stuck on a little on the rear cylinder made the bike run like shit, such a different bike.
No, no I haven't.
Anyone with a work ethic(or lack thereof) where they think its OK to come to work hung over to the point they can't, or don't want to, focus on the task at hand should be shown the door.
Anyone who has bad hangovers either has a drinking problem or hasn't learned how to drink responsibly.
What, you were never young and stupid? Though I have to agree, an employee showing up too hungover to work should be sent home, the first time. Fired the second. I've worked with alcoholics, and the absentee rate is alarming.
Everyone gets one chance to suffer. After that, intelligent people learn to modify their behavior.
The place I worked had a security and medical building, and anyone who came in stinking of the night before was taken there for a breathalyzer exam.
The college program my wife is in does not allow attendees to show up unshowered, wrinkled, unshaven, drunk, hungover, smelling like pot or alcohol, or inappropriately dressed. You'd think, at some level, people would understand these without having to be sent home at least once.
I once asked a business owner friend of mine if he drug tested his employees. He said that at the salary level of most of his people, he'd never be able to find anyone who was drug free, so he put up with the pot smokers.
My wife and I own a business, and have had people come in looking for employment. My favorite was a guy who drove up to the front door at 10:00 in the morning, parked crooked, got out holding a half full tall tavern style beer glass and not wearing a shirt. He put the beer down on the roof, reached into the back seat and grabbed a Tshirt and put it on, then walked in the door.
"Uh.yeah.. I'm good at bikes so like are y'all hiring?"
Politely said "no, thanks were all set for staff at this time".
He walked outside, took off the shirt and tossed it through the window, grabbed his glass and took a gulp for the road, then headed on his way.
Accepting the above is why, my guess, many businesses fail... I see horrible customer service daily. I am amazed employees bring that, and employers accept it.
Seatbelt stop kit. You know that little plastic button on your seatbelt that stops the buckle from sliding all the way to the bottom? Dealership wanted $35.00 for a new one when mine gave out.
Around here they would have insisted on selling a new seat belt. Can't f- with safety systems. Good thing those buttons are 2 for $7 at Advance Auto Parts.
Overheard this at the counter at the Petco store one day:"I don't care if you are hungover, self inflicted wounds are no excuse, get it together."
I worked at a dealership while going to skool, had a guy call.
Him, " Ya I need a chain and sprocket set for my bike."
Me, "What type of bike mate?"
Him, " It's Red?"
Me, " OK, they will be here next week."
Then he hung up....
This waz the old days when stuff waz in stock so when he did show up we had them....after I went outside and saw his Red Honda XL.
Yeah , the good old days. Now you can't even pick up a sparkplug at the dealer.:huh
I have yet to determine what they have in the stockroom at the local dealer, I can see shelves full of parts boxres back there but anything I need is special order.... Even simple things like valve shims, air filters, oil filters, gaskets, o-rings...
How the hell do they service bikes without these things in stock????
I work at a Kawasaki dealer....had a gal call up the other day and tell me she needed "the gasket" for her four wheeler. "The gasket? Which gasket?" I asked. "Uhhh.....shit....uhhh I guess the one of the drive shaft? Yeah, the drive shaft." "Front or rear drive shaft, inside or outside gasket?" Long pause..."I'll have my husband bring it in."
We got voted the best motorcycle shop in East Texas couple weeks ago too. The amount of stupidity that walks though the door on a daily basis blows my mind though!
Buying my new Tenere this past Saturday.
"I'm giving you a helluva deal here! About the only thing I can add here, at this point, is a can of creamed corn..."
Never did get the creamed corn, which I'd have enjoyed, but I did get a very good deal on the new bike. :)
A bit later, while doing the delivery walk-around, he mentioned all these things the shop did to prep the bike. Naturally I asked if they lubed the spokes.
I did this with a straight face.
He responded by saying "If that's part of the normal prep, I can assure you it was done!"
Now, in fairness, while this was all fun, the saleman and I have a good relationship, so I did let him off the hook on the lubed spokes point...
We both had a couple good chuckles when the guy from the shop comes back to report, quite loudly, on my FJR as a trade and the "work" it would need. Apparently when you put 3000 miles on a front PR2, it only has about 20% life left in it...at least according to the doink from service...
Salesman turned to me, equally as loud, and said "Looked like it had a hell of a lot more life left in it than that to me..." The funny thing is the rear PR2 was just starting to flatten along the centerline...which their "inspection" failed to turn up...LOL