How peoples attitude can make or break your day!

Submitted: Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 19:13
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Whether its at a garage getting something repaired, or at the shop buying a hamburger, where ever it might be, a surley arrogant character can change your mood for the day,where as the bright bubbly polite person wanting a conversation, lifts your day, ...There is both around unfortunately....eg..needed to borrow a funnel to-day from a workshop, vehicle was well insight, but alas I was told to P off.


Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: Shaker - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 19:46

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 19:46
That's fair enough, why should they lend their tools or equipment.
My brother had a workshop, got burned too any times lending stuff!
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Reply By: Member - Allan L2 - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 20:16

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 20:16
Well Axle old mate, I agree with you re attitude, but when I was an apprentice motor mechanic I was taught that there were three things that a man should never loan out.
1 Your tools,
2 Your car,
3 Your wife.
Now that was 50 + year ago, so not too sure if I have listed them in the correct order, LOL:-
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Follow Up By: Axle - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 20:55

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 20:55
G/Day Allan.....Nothing has changed apparently ..lol.
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Follow Up By: Member - Allan L2 - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 20:58

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 20:58
Axle,
I do think we had a better attitude, at least I hope we did.
Cheers,
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Follow Up By: John and Regina M - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 21:24

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 21:24
I agree.
No tools, car or girlfriend.
The arrogance of some.
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 07:59

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 07:59
For afew, it's only 2 things. They don't want the wife back. :-)
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Reply By: Nev (TAS) - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 21:29

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 21:29
The point of the post as I see it is the manner Axle was treated. If there are rules and regulations re loaning of tools then a polite response stating the company position I am certain would have been enough for most to understand. If it was me they would never ever see my face again and my friends would be informed as well. No reason for rudeness especially from a company providing customer services.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 22:18

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 22:18
We don't know what he was pouring, we could assume fuel or oil, in which case he could purchased or borrowed a funnel from where the fuel/oil was purchased.
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Follow Up By: Member - Allan L2 - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 22:42

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 22:42
Hi Nev,
I agree with you re " the point of Axle's post" & agreed with Axle re the bad attitude in my reply. The rest was tongue in cheek, Don't take me too seriously. Have a good day, well what's left of it.
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Follow Up By: Nev (TAS) - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 22:50

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 22:50
Hi Allan,
pretty hard to take your post seriously, I had a good laugh actually so no worries.
Nev
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 22:03

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 22:03
Hi Axle,
On a recent trip we were camped at the free camp beside the Murrumbidgee R. in Hay when we noticed grease on one of the trailer hubs. The cap over the bearing had come off, so we improvised a cover. The bottom of a small water bottle and plenty of gaffer tape did the trick – or at least it should do until we could find a replacement. With hopes not high we went into Hay where we found a very helpful auto parts place. Yes they had a suitable cover, and of course you can borrow our workshop, vyce and grinder to make it fit. And they wanted less than $2! Did we need a finger of grease? Wonderful people. Only in a small town would you find that kind of service, and we were more than happy to shout them a beer or 2. Certainly lifted our spirits, and made us think well of the whole town.

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Val.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 22:22

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 22:22
What was the name of the business?

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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 08:16

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 08:16
Dunno Shaker, but pretty well first on our right having entered town over the Murrumbidgee from the Sturt Hwy. It was a well stocked independent, not one of the big chains.

Seems to me that one good encounter like that at the start of the day can set you up for the day and you then project it on to others who reciprocate. The waves spread! We like Hay - friendly people, the Shire facilities for travelers are excellent - free camping by the river with toilets and even a "welcome" sign, and in town at the visitors centre a place with table and chairs to sit down out of the weather.

Yes - we like Hay!

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 14:34

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 14:34
John, I have owned & run businesses for years & without wanting to sound like a smartarse, my point was that even with lending you tools, equipment, workshop supplies & space, you still don't remember their name!

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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 16:50

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 16:50
I take your point Shaker. Fact is I don't think I ever knew the name, and if I did it's gone the way of so many others - it happens as we get older. The memory of their generous assistance and positive attitude remains though, and I'm happy to recommend them (and their town) to the sort of people that inhabit ExplorOz.

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Reply By: Member - Markthemilko (WA) - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 22:20

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 22:20
My mother told me 'neither a lender nor a borrower be'.
I had a service station and was foolish enough to lend tools, some of which were never returned.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 22:33

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 22:33
I have never lent anything & had it returned clean, sharp , complete or undamaged.
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Reply By: Bigfish - Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 07:14

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 07:14
I have loaned plenty of tools and equipment in my time. I believe in Karma and reading a persons attitude. Had my fingers burnt once or twice. Had some great outcomes as a result of lending items out. Maybe all those who keep having dismall results need to change their attitude. At the very least a polite "sorry mate, but Ive been burnt too many times" would help. Why not ask for a deposit?

If ya cant help someone out who is in a spot of trouble your not worth knowing imho!!!
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Follow Up By: MactrolPod - Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 08:42

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 08:42
Why not offer a deposit?
Owner might have had a different attitude.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 18:33

Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 18:33
I've also leant things - usually returned with a nice bottle of red attached. Maybe that's an SA thing?
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Reply By: mikehzz - Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 08:05

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 08:05
The same can be said about forum post replies. Some really make your day and others are so miserable and rude that they put you off posting at all.
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 07:44

Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 07:44
Mike,

Couldn't help noticing that your comment has attracted a number of "Thanks", the only response here to receive any.

Reckon that's a real vote of approval and a solid endorsement of a point well made. Good on you!

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John

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 08:59

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 08:59
Always enjoy you threads, Axle :-)

Have a fridge magnet thingy here: "It's better to give than to lend, and costs about the same"

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Reply By: Tjukayirla Roadhouse - Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 14:18

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 14:18
someone asked us the other day to borrow a funnel too, it was so they could pour their jerry cans in easier rather than buy our fuel.. ..
They were told to bugger off too ..lol

Cheers
Al
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Follow Up By: Bigfish - Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 15:24

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 15:24
Some people have hides as thick as a water buffaloes.......In this case a quick get @#$%@ would be appropriate...Some travellers have no idea of manners or common sense.
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Follow Up By: River Swaggie - Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 22:24

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 22:24
Hi Al

Maybe you should have a couple of Tanami pumps up for sale.. ;-)
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Follow Up By: Tjukayirla Roadhouse - Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 13:58

Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 13:58
hahaha yes Swaggie, and preferably at greatly inlfated prices to give them something to whinge about ..lol

Cheers
Al
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Follow Up By: Sash - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 22:19

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 22:19
Travelling from Marble Bar to Karijini between Xmas and New year a few years back got to Auski in the middle of the day (dam hot) and the unleaded was vaporising on the way to the bowsers, one of our vehicles was unleaded the other diesel so no fuel. The car in front of our unleaded ute was a small buzz box with an agro older gentleman driving and his son (about 28), ie 2 wheel drive sedan big enough for two people and a news paper just
He winged and complained and it was suggested he wait and they will call him when things get cool enough to start refueling again, oh no this guy kept on coming in every 10 minutes asking and stomping around
We sat down had a coffee, steakburger and watched the cricket
Told my son that the guy in the shorts and workshirt looked like the boss of the place and was getting peeved with this guy
After about four visits to the counter asking about the fuel these two guys must have crunched the numbers and figured they could get to Hedland on thier remaining fuel
They had not even got onto the highway as they were leaving and the Manager came over to us and asked if we needed unleaded, of course the answer was affirmative and he said let's go and give it a go now eh
Don't upset the locals and go by appearances you are in the middle of no where and should appreciate the service they provide, 99% of these guys are very good and helpful to the civil travellers
Al - Tjukayirla Camped at your roadhouse for about 7 to 10 days (before your time) installing a satelite dish and the burgers were good then too
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Reply By: Member - VickiW - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 21:05

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 21:05
Hi,

Personally I'd prefer to help someone out where I can. A little goodwill goes a long way & I'm sure I'll hope for some in return some time. A little bad will goes further. (although if you have a cold, you feel miserable being grumpy & miserable later on thinking you were grumpy to others)
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