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coldcupofjoe
01-27-2008, 02:16 AM
So a salesmen that seems to have a particular dislike for me, parked his pesonal car behind my bay.

I asked him to move and he flat out told me 'No, not gonna happen.' So I went and talked to my boss. He told me I could go to his boss, or he could give me a few ideas.

So I ended up switching around the salesmans spark plug wires. His car still runs, kinda.

Der Cute
01-27-2008, 02:17 AM
BAD!

You have no business tinkering with someone else's vehicle! Period!
If he was a dick, so be it. Let him be a dick. Just ignore Dickness.

Cutenoob

Irving Patrick Freleigh
01-27-2008, 02:22 AM
Yeah, not a smart thing to do. He'll probably figure out it was you who did it, since he knows you don't like him and you had a reason to do it.

coldcupofjoe
01-27-2008, 02:25 AM
It was kinda hard to ignore since it was hindering my ability to get any work done. If I can't get vehicles in and out of my bay I might as well go home.

Plus he does this all the time and nothing gets done about it. And us in the shop are getting tired of it. We can't make a living if we can't do any work becuase he thinks the shops bay doors are his personal parking spots.

Yeah, not a smart thing to do. He'll probably figure out it was you who did it, since he knows you don't like him and you had a reason to do it.

I might be concerned about that if my boss hadn't told me to do what I did.

The thing is, I work on commission. I get paid based on the actual work I do on the vehicles. He gets paid in a similar way. Basically what he's doing to me would be like me going up to him when he's trying to make a sale and scaring off his customers.

RetailWorkhorse
01-27-2008, 02:46 AM
You work the Service at a carlot, am I correct?

Most carlots tend to have wreckers to pick-up broke cars, right?

Given the chance...I'd've put the car on the wrecker and left it up there.

Or moved the car and put it up on cinder blocks (minus the wheels).

Sylvia727
01-27-2008, 03:52 AM
Is this guy a coworker? Or a semi-coworker? I don't know anything about your place of employment.... And I would have moved his vehicle. With a tow truck if you want to be subtle, with a baseball bat if not. It's a form of trespassing. If he keeps it up, you might want to consider dicking with his office space. Fighting fire with fire usually works with bullies.

blas
01-27-2008, 08:04 AM
I would have called in a tow truck. To hell with what the manager says. If this guy is blocking your customers, I would have ignored my boss and called the tow truck. If my manager was spineless and dickless enough to care more about pleasing some Tom, Dick or Harry off the street and had the audacity to not care that customers couldn't access the place, then my manager would DESERVE me going over his head and calling the tow truck.

Messing with his car and/or other personal property is NOT the way to go. Good way to get yourself sued, if not beaten up.

bainsidhe
01-27-2008, 03:05 PM
Tinkering/Messing with the car. Um, no. But a tow truck? I am not familiar with your type of employment, but I think that's the way to go. Inform his boss that he is hindering business and will be towed the next time he parks there. One warning. That's it. Might help if you had your boss's approval also, so you can possibly post a sign or something. It'll be a real pain in the ass for this guy to bail his car out of the clink.

donruss
01-27-2008, 04:32 PM
Yeah, DO NOT mess with other peoples cars unless you want to get it back on yours. A towing is the way to go. Ask him once nicely to move it and then have it towed. Do not threaten to have it done, don't say it, just do it.

VenomX
01-27-2008, 04:32 PM
My boss would tell that salesmen to hit the road and NOT come back.

I have seen him and his dad chase salesmen around the inside of our store. I have also heard them tell salesmen they and their company are full of shit. They have also told salesmen to leave and not come back.

CanadaGirl
01-27-2008, 04:53 PM
Would have made more sense to get the vehicle impounded for parking in a no parking zone, than to scew around with the wires and stuff...

Peppergirl
01-27-2008, 05:26 PM
Joe..

My ex-husband works at a big Chevy dealership in the service department. While what you did may be considered over-the-top by some, I know (from experience) that what you did is minor compared to most of the shennanigans that go on in a dealership. :lol:

I say he got what he deserved, as long as you didn't cause permanent damage to his car. He was affecting your livelihood.

Flame away, all.

PepperElf
01-27-2008, 05:59 PM
yeah i have to agree that messing with the plugs might not be the answer. if he can't drive it he can't get it out of your way either.

however a tow truck - especially if you can leave him the bill - is what I'd say. :devil:

Irving Patrick Freleigh
01-27-2008, 07:02 PM
Hell, since the OP works at a car dealership, they might have a tow truck there he could call.

Broomjockey
01-27-2008, 07:26 PM
Since the OP works on cars, I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on safe vs. unsafe prank, though I will say that if he can't get his car gone, it kinda defeats the point to me.

Unless you can then charge him to fix it...:devil:

AKWalMartCartGuy
01-28-2008, 08:29 AM
Since the OP works on cars, I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on safe vs. unsafe prank, though I will say that if he can't get his car gone, it kinda defeats the point to me.
I think he left it where it would start up the way he stated the OP

I'm thinking he probably just messed with the radio/lights ala the movie big fat liar(shut up, i was 11 when it came out)

protege
01-28-2008, 12:35 PM
I'd have the bastard towed. Around here, he'd not only get hit with the towing fee, but impound fees as well...which usually aren't cheap :angel:

coldcupofjoe
01-28-2008, 11:42 PM
I have an update. He parked infront of one of my coworkers bays. He wasn't as nice to the guy. When I left the engine to the salesmans car was still sitting in his office and the car is out on the lot somewhere.

I wonder if he got the point this time.

Broomjockey
01-29-2008, 12:00 AM
*blinkblink* He removed the engine. And put it in the salesguy's office? Please tell me it is in the sales guy's office! :roll:

VenomX
01-29-2008, 12:23 AM
I am sorry to say this but I find this hard to believe.. But if true... :roll::lol::roll::eek:

Peppergirl
01-29-2008, 12:32 AM
As the ex-wife of a service person of a dealership....Believe it.

coldcupofjoe
01-29-2008, 12:39 AM
*blinkblink* He removed the engine. And put it in the salesguy's office? Please tell me it is in the sales guy's office! :roll:

Yeah. If it's still in there on wednesday when I go back to work I'll take pictures.

Removing an engine isn't as hard as you might think. The hardest part is making sure the wiring harness and the hoses are completely out of the way. Once that's done hook it up to a cherry picker and zip out a few bolts and lift it out.

Emrld
01-29-2008, 12:42 AM
That is classic.

Fellow readers please note cldcupofjoe works for an auto dealership in the repair portion. So the salesperson is a car sales man. He should know better but apparently has small body part compensation issues.

Granted the everyday "joe" shouldn't mess with someone's engine . . .in this case there are some circumstances that allow for it. As in our beloved coldcupof joe happens to know what he is doing and isn't going to put anyones life at risk.


I can't wait to see how the salesperson explains this to his boss.
(Please tell me his car was left in his boss's parking spot)

blas
01-29-2008, 12:45 AM
It's not hard at all if you know what you're doing.

Anyone wanna here a Blas Childhood Story?

When I was a naughty 16-17 year old, and I got grounded, for a short while, my dad would disconnect the battery in my car. But when he was asleep or not home, my little brother showed me how to fix it.

Dad got smarter, and disconnected my spark plugs. Little brother showed me how to fix that, too.

Finally, Dad said "If you keep fucking with that car, I'm taking the engine out!"

Sylvia727
01-29-2008, 02:54 AM
Finally, Dad said "If you keep fucking with that car, I'm taking the engine out!"

You should have replied, "But Dad, I'm not fucking with the car, I'm fucking in the car!" :devil:

protege
01-29-2008, 07:12 PM
Yeah. If it's still in there on wednesday when I go back to work I'll take pictures.

Removing an engine isn't as hard as you might think. The hardest part is making sure the wiring harness and the hoses are completely out of the way. Once that's done hook it up to a cherry picker and zip out a few bolts and lift it out.

Depends on the engine. Some engines are a bitch to remove. My MG has one of those engines. It's a bitch, mainly because it's heavy (all cast iron), and has to come out at a very steep angle to clear the frame and bodywork. At least I'd removed the intake and exhaust manifolds, cylinder head....all to save weight and stress on the hoist :) I'm sure the mechanic who reinstalled the freshly-rebuilt-and-painted unit had fun reinstalling it :lol:

donruss
01-30-2008, 04:50 PM
I said it once already on this thread and I'll say it again. YOU DO NOT MESS WITH OTHER PEOPLES PERSONAL PROPERTY!!! It might be satisfying but just have it towed and give his boss the bill. You are really opening yourself up to all kinds of legal action for these things. (Yes, I know it was a co-worker that did this).

Emrld
01-30-2008, 04:58 PM
9 times out of 10 on a car lot - the salesman drive cars owned by the dealership.
Employee in the Repair/ Service Department of same Dealership is not messing with anyone's personal property. It is company property that they are authorized to work on.
And in this specific case the manager told him to do it . . . employee only following managments instructions.

I do agree that in everyday life you do not mess with someone elses personal property.

coldcupofjoe
01-31-2008, 12:34 AM
An update for those of you who are interested.

The salesmen had to shell 150 bucks for the removal and re-installation of his engine, and from now on anytime he parks in front of our bay doors he's gonna be fined 100 dollars straight off his next paycheck. And it's gonna straight onto the next paycheck of the tech he blocked in. And if he does it too many times he's gonna lose his lot parking priviliges.

I think I like his boss. He's nifty.

Apparently though, this salesmans head has been on the chopping block for sometime because he continues to fail to meet his sales quota of six cars every quarter. So he might not be around much longer anyway.

Pedersen
01-31-2008, 01:58 AM
sales quota of six cars every quarter.

What? Is it really that hard to sell cars? That's two cars per month! I would have thought that car salesmen needed to sell noticeably more than that (like 3 or 4 per week).

Obviously, I've never had any clue about what actually goes on, but that was what I thought.

Peppergirl
01-31-2008, 02:29 AM
I am :roll:.

Not only was he a salesman, but a shitty one at that?? Good god, I assumed he was some record-breaking store sales leader, acting like that.



That just makes it funnier, IMO.

Sylvia727
01-31-2008, 04:00 AM
PWNED!

:muya: