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Old 05-25-2018, 10:26 AM
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I have heard a lot of excuses for why work wasn't done on time, but one of the most baffling ones happened yesterday.

My buddy was supposed to get his new Cummins installed on Tuesday, cancelled for rain (rained 10 min). Wednesday was beautiful and sunny perfect day to drop an engine. My buddy calls to ask how the install went and heard this.
"Couldn't do it today. Flies."
"Wait, what?"
"Yeah, lotta flies. Will try to get to it tomorrow."

Funny thing is we were drinking at an outdoor less than a block from where the boat was. No flies.

I am sure there are far better stories than this on here, and figure everyone will need some stress relief and anecdotes after battling the ramps and traffic this weekend. What is the worst excuse you've heard for why repairs weren't done?
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Old 05-25-2018, 11:11 AM
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I had one. It had been a few weeks with no progress, went down to the Marina to see the owner/mechanic on a Saturday. He apologized for the delay and said he would definitely be able to get to it the following work week.

Towards the end of the next week I went back. The owner's wife told me that her husband had flown out on a business trip on Monday morning and wouldn't be back until the following week. And yes, I asked was it something unexpected, or had he known about it for a while. It was previously planned. I knew then, I wasn't getting the work done anytime soon.
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I own a little biz, and we sell a very time sensitive product. As in, it is harvested one day, and pretty much as to be delivered the next day. We succeed about 98% of the time (and maybe more.) This success depends on at least six machines, all with different operators, in a very wet/dusty/hot/cold environment, and three other people in charge of logistics. Throw in some weather, some DOT, some traffic delays, and sometimes...

Sometimes, it just doesn't work out. Sometimes we tell the customer exactly what happened. Sometimes, we just have to choose which customer or order is most important to us (for various reasons). If we decide that one is more important than the other, we usually don't admit that. Even I've learned, I'd rather be lied to, than be told that some other customer is more important than me.

Sometime I'm tempted to say to the customer, "which excuse would you like, because you're not getting your product today, and I really don't wanta hurt your feelings."

Might have to try the flies though. Keep em guessing!
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Not a boat repair excuse, but fits right in with the flies excuse. We a worker that reported to a warehouse manager that worked for me who had some great excuses for not getting to work on time. Best two were, "two skunks were mating under my truck and I was afraid of going near it." The other was, "my tires were frozen to the ground and the truck would not move."
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Old 05-25-2018, 06:51 PM
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You know...
Time is fun when you're having flies.
Especially if you are on the clock.
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Old 05-25-2018, 07:12 PM
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Maybe the flies were bothering him because he's a sh***y mechanic.
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Old 05-25-2018, 07:21 PM
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Only one I ever heard use the “ flies” excuse was a hooker!
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Old 05-25-2018, 08:01 PM
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Not boat related but I once had an employee drop off the face of the earth through an extremely hectic weekend. He disappeared around 4:00 Thursday and only reappeared Monday morning. "Sorry I wasn't here on the weekend - I WAS IN JAIL" He actually sounded proud of himself. Turned out he got on a bender starting Thursday night and at some point the cops threw him in the drunk tank to dry out over the weekend.
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Would you be mad if the mobile mechanic told you he couldn't make it to your boat today because he had eye problems. I just can't see myself working on your boat today.
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Flies ? that's ridiculous …… must have been gnats ...
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“My grandmother died”. Mechanic is about 60+
”had to fly to Mexico t work on a boat”
”had to have surgery”
all from the same mechanic
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I can't use the my grandmother die excuse but that is still very popular in high school.

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Old 05-26-2018, 12:23 PM
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Best one I’ve gotten:
“I couldn’t work all week because I went paint balling with buddies and got bit by a dog” Me: huh? Him: yea as we were paint balling a dog ran across the field and latched onto my nuts! Me: huh? Him: I had to go to the hospital and get stitches in my sac. Couldn’t get off the couch. Me: huh?
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A week later showed me the supposed dog wrecked coveralls with holes in crotch. Me: huh?
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Don't you know why auto/boat repair companies always have cars and boats sitting around them? It's because the vehicle owners never called the repair shop...….
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I have a auto repair shop several of my clients have older cars 50s 60s 70s. the ones that don't cry about prices get it done in a timely manor The ones that think they have a cream puff and it's just a worn out pile of rust well they are not a priority.
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cant do it today !
i have feet on my legs ..............
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Originally Posted by Brokenline View Post
I own a little biz, and we sell a very time sensitive product. As in, it is harvested one day, and pretty much as to be delivered the next day. We succeed about 98% of the time (and maybe more.) This success depends on at least six machines, all with different operators, in a very wet/dusty/hot/cold environment, and three other people in charge of logistics. Throw in some weather, some DOT, some traffic delays, and sometimes...

Sometimes, it just doesn't work out. Sometimes we tell the customer exactly what happened. Sometimes, we just have to choose which customer or order is most important to us (for various reasons). If we decide that one is more important than the other, we usually don't admit that. Even I've learned, I'd rather be lied to, than be told that some other customer is more important than me.

Sometime I'm tempted to say to the customer, "which excuse would you like, because you're not getting your product today, and I really don't wanta hurt your feelings."

Might have to try the flies though. Keep em guessing!
I'll take a case straight up, 6 jars apple pie and do you make dreansickle? Having a memorial day party so is delivery tomorrow possible?
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Old 05-27-2018, 09:05 AM
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Unheard repair statements:

I picked the wrong mechanic because I tried to save a nickle. I really caught him when he needed money.
I have no understanding of how this job is done and how they stay in business.
I prefer to use hindsight for my jerky knee fits! Like it only rained 10 minutes.
I put this off and then I pushed that guy into a corner and he had to promise things he could not control.
I have to use this supplier because I ran off the rest with my fits and rediculous demands, and constant complaints.

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As HVAC branch manager, had a stooge not run a service call on a weekend. Reason: don't know any thing about digital t-stats. I went out and pressed the rest button, fixed. He was fired, just didn't know it. That was a wile ago.

Pulled up on a job site and install helper was laying asleep in the shade of a tree while the lead installer was installing a condenser. Yep same but you should have seen her face when she woke up with me standing over her.

Sorry, forgot> marine stuff
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I employ a Handy man whenever a rental house changes tenants; he does painting, drywall repair etc. Now this guy has a sister who flies into town unannounced about 3 times a year - never gives him any warning. The weird thing is that she always happens to be at the airport with no transportation EXACTLY an hour before he's supposed to work for me.
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