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Old 06-28-2008, 01:56 PM   #1
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I’m in the local Kragan yesterday. A girl storms in panicking. She’s a typical Santa Cruz tweaker-chick, strung out, probably 35 (looks 50), bad tattoos, trailer-blond hair, tight clothes, terrible body. Maybe you know the type?

She franticly approaches the young girl at the register, who looks like she barely speaks English, and shouts, “my car is leaking, leaking all over the ground (point, point) look, come look, it’s right here in the parking lot… leaking real bad.”

Duly manning her post like a dedicated employee, the clerk remains motionless but manages to articulate the word, “¿que?”

Tweaker says, “Well, do you have any oil or something?” [she’s in Kragen and she asked if they had oil]

“Yes, we have it. Ess on aisle 13, on sale.”

So at this point I’m moving around the store, closely watching this whackjob girl grab 3 qts of oil, a gallon of 80w gear oil and a gallon of Prestone. She plops it all on the counter, points to the jug of antifreeze and asks the clerk, “Is this the right one? I have a Durango...” Frustrated, and just shy of hysterics, the chick grits her teeth and scowls sternly at our 19-year-old-Mexican-American-mother-of-3-register-operator. Apparently mistaking the clerk for a mechanic, the tweaker just wanted the clerk to come out to the parking lot to inspect her car, which was bleeding coolant on an innocent parking block.

I headed outside so I could go peek at her ailing SUV up close. Then I stopped myself after coming to the conclusion that it would probably end badly. I chose not to help someone in need. I could have saved her the $12 she spent on gearlube (for her A/T Durango, btw) and I could have suggested going to the market next door to get a $1.50 gallon of water so she could limp to the mechanic who was six blocks away. But I kept my thoughts to myself.

I felt pretty bad for about 30 seconds but then I got over it. I’m not much of a humanitarian I guess.

Have you ever run into a situation where you could have very easily helped someone with car troubles but opted out?

Why?
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You know, I wouldn't be surprised if the leak was just AC condensation

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You should have walked back into the store, bought pop-corn, gone back to your car and watched the hilarity ensue.
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Old 06-28-2008, 02:27 PM   #4
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There are those who admit that they know nothing about cars, but camly asks for help and therefore deserves my time / effort. Then there are the truly hot once, which tends to be helped on pure mating instingt. The rest? See doppelgängers post.

Nice to know that when I am going to hell, at least I will know some people there.
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If you helped her, she would've blamed you for whatever she ended up doing to her car. Go buy yourself a beer.
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whats a kragan?
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If you helped her, she would've blamed you for whatever she ended up doing to her car. Go buy yourself a beer.
That's exactly the reason I wouldn't help someone.
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whats a kragan?
Im pretty sure he meant Kragen.

and threadstarter, while im usually really nice and help people out, there is NO WAY IN HELL I would have even attempted to help out a resident psycho/crazy woman. **** that noise. as said earlier, she could have bone bananas on your *** and blamed you for ****, or something worse..**** that
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Gear oil for her auto Durango

You're right, she probably would've expected you to fix it right there in the lot. I've done a few side jobs for people, but I charge $50/hour and won't work on something I know will be a headache. Last time I did this my wife came home to find two rather attractive women in my driveway while I changed the front pads on her Civic.
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Im pretty sure he meant Kragen.
I still don't know what that is.
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I still don't know what that is.
Kragen is an auto part store. Its everywhere here in california!
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didnt help to many times to remeber. its all case by case. if its someone that really needs help, i will help. but if its some cracked out peice of crap, **** em.
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Last time I did this my wife came home to find two rather attractive women in my driveway while I changed the front pads on her Civic.
Koto,

You can't just say that, and not elaborate or see below.

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I think it would have been fun to help her pour gear oil in her radiator. Never seen what that will do., but want to.
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Koto,

You can't just say that, and not elaborate or see below.

No pics, one was my boss' recently-immigrated (NZ) wife and the other was their 18-y-o roommate, a socal native.
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I think it would have been fun to help her pour gear oil in her radiator. Never seen what that will do., but want to.
Or what about getting her to put it all back just to buy some head gasket sealer to pour in her oil? we've never seen a thread like that here before have we?
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I used to help but after a while I just can't believe what they will do. The way I see it if I fix it they won't learn anything. When their car breaks down and costs $$ to fix they will remember what they did wrong.
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Kragen is an auto part store. Its everywhere here in california!
Sounds more like a mystic seabeast.

Hell I don't understand California. It should be renamed Oceania anyways.
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its a pretty cool little store, along with napa, autozone, and others. california haters will never understand...they just hate
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