Dont you just love some teenage gobshite with a hard-man attitude telling you the facts* because he has worked in a parts store for eighteen months and is an expert on everything?
Oh really? you NEED my registration number to check the fitment of this universal 40mm exhaust clamp before you sell it to me do you? Right, well its for a custom thing that your precious computer wont list, so lets not bother eh? Oh, you want to write "guarantee void" in big letters on my receipt because you think I am going to "misuse" it? well, you go right ahead if that makes you feel better, the receipt was going in the bin outside your door anyway.
I dunno man. Its not just garages either.....I dont know if its an "Im getting older and less tolerant" thing or if its a "young folk are getting more cuntish" thing. I find it impossible to spend any length of time in a public place without wanting to zap someone in the face with a cattle prod.
Its an everybodys more cuntish thing, young or old. latest example, went to a massive breakers yard last week as i had it on good authority they had a Jetta in, theyve about 700 cars, everything from scrapped to accident damaged stuff thats now had a CoD issued, burnt out wrecks and a for sale section where they are selling off damaged repairable moderns, Goes in, guy "what you after" I said "any Jettas in, i need a few various bits and pieces, trim, interior, exterior trim, etc." he goes "gives 5 mins im busy the now with someone else" he then says "what year?" i said mines a 2009 but any Jetta from 2005 to 2010 will be the same as mine and should hopefully have what I need, same with mk5 Golfs" he says "i cant walk round the full yard showing you all the Golfs ive got theres loads" so he takes me to this Jetta, has a pen and a notepad and says right tell me what you want and ill list it and give you a price, i said I need various bits but i cant remember absolutely everything, Ill know as I work round the car and bring it all to the desk for a price" he says no you wont, im not leaving you alone with a car to take bits off thats not how we work, tell you what make a list of what you need and come back another day and hand me it and ill let you know if its there and a price, cos otherwise youre just wasting my time and your own. Absolute jobsworth.
I couldve found other stuff on a high spec Golf I didnt need as a necessity but wouldve bought if I saw something I wanted for my car and didnt know they had it. Similarly I couldve seen an Audi/Passat/Scirocco or something with nice wheels on it I wanted to buy, guy wouldve made more money out of me, everyones happy, why do you necessarily need a specific part before you go to a scrappy? Seems most are heading this way now, and I got the impression this yard was the sort where the prices wouldnt be far off the price of a brand new part! I dont mind if theyve already removed a part, if you go to a car and you see something you want and its not fitted and you ask, and theyve got it on a shelf, fair enough, saves me removing it.
By comparison I went to another in Paisley and Renfrew, the Paisley one I told the guy I was after a Golf, he said "theyre all down there, help yourself" and as such he made 20quid out of me on an interior mirror and a couple of switches, not mega money but stuff I wouldnt have bought if I wasnt left to look around the car and see what it had on it. Renfrew place advised me where all their Golfs were dotted about and werent arsed when they saw me looking around Passats, Polos, Audis, Seat's etc. and just said when I was leaving, not find what you were after? i should have more Golfs in at the end of the week, just come back down and try again.
I get that folk may rob daft little bits, not that I condone it, but for the sake of stuff worth about 2 quid all in to them like trim clips or screws, for letting someone have a wander they could end up with a couple of hundred quid for an interior, or wheels, or panels or an engine or box.