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Old 01-19-2009, 12:24 AM   #61
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I second Nords post. Revenge won't do anything but upset DW, but just taking it in the pants from them will leave you gnawing on it. An open, honest and civil conversation confronting the couple with the facts is the best bet. If they are really your friends they'll engage with you, and think twice about what they give away, so you can avoid this in the future. If you are courteous and fair in your actions and they freak out about it, this at least will give DW some food for thought on this friendship.

All my friends are flawed, as I am. How much does this incident tilt the scales?
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Old 01-19-2009, 09:59 AM   #62
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OK Al, the Jury has spoken - what will it be?
I will graciously and smilingly let them have it back, as long as they do the moving. They also said we could have their new treadmill, "which is broken but perhaps you can fix it." I will say "no thanks" to that.

I'll keep you posted.
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They also said we could have their new treadmill, "which is broken but perhaps you can fix it."
OK Al, that opens up another opportunity for you.

Respond to the offer above with "I've had lots of requests to fix things for people since I retired and realized they were simply taking advantage of me. I now charge $50 an hour plus parts for repairs, with a one hour minimum. I'd be happy to look at your new treadmill for you. Only took me a couple of hours to fix the old one."
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. They also said we could have their new treadmill, "which is broken but perhaps you can fix it."
That's a hoot! Chutzpah indeed.
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I will graciously and smilingly let them have it back, as long as they do the moving. They also said we could have their new treadmill, "which is broken but perhaps you can fix it." I will say "no thanks" to that.

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Can't help it, truly admire the generosity.
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Al, is this the same friend who lives in the $1.3 million house and who's husband has a clandestine gambling problem? Maybe they need the treadmill more than you!
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Al, I'll vote with the give it back with a smile crowd.

You learned something about these folks at a pretty cheap price, take the knowledge and run.

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I will graciously and smilingly let them have it back, as long as they do the moving. They also said we could have their new treadmill, "which is broken but perhaps you can fix it." I will say "no thanks" to that.
I always find it interesting that some people can be so socially inept.

Imagine how nicer it could have worked out if they said "Al, our new threadmill is broken. Can you take a look to see if it could be fixed?".

Same as you, I would let them have the threadmill back in working condition, while mentioning that I understood that it was a gift for me to fix and keep.

I also make a note to stay away from such people.
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I will graciously and smilingly let them have it back, as long as they do the moving. They also said we could have their new treadmill, "which is broken but perhaps you can fix it." I will say "no thanks" to that.

I'll keep you posted.
That's a hoot! These people are poster children for a throwaway society with refunds. They can't be bothered to to fix things themselves, or get them fixed. Instead, they use friends as a dumping ground. And that is exactly what they are trying to do: use you and DW.
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Al, is this the same friend who lives in the $1.3 million house and who's husband has a clandestine gambling problem? Maybe they need the treadmill more than you!
No, it's this couple.
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I will graciously and smilingly let them have it back, as long as they do the moving. They also said we could have their new treadmill, "which is broken but perhaps you can fix it." I will say "no thanks" to that.

I'll keep you posted.
I'm almost afraid to ask...but what the heck.
What exactly are these people doing on their treadmills that they broke 2 in a row? Inquiring minds want to know.

BTW, it's a very good idea to close up shop at "Al's Treadmill Repair".
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What exactly are these people doing on their treadmills that they broke 2 in a row? Inquiring minds want to know.
I had to do it.

"OK Go" on treadmills
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I had to do it.


oh my face hurts from laughing!

Al, you now have your gameplan!
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I love that song and that video - awesome! T-Al - did you fix theirs. too? :-)

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Awesome, Sam--now please, we need a video of Al on the trombone and on the treadmill....
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That's the first time I have seen something interesting done on a treadmill.
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These responses are beautiful. I can't imagine coming up with all those ideas myself exept for the unplugging of the cable. That was a great thought. I guess you have to live with the wife and it's her friend so you have to cave a little. I've done that a number of times to "keep peace in the family". Those things might seem minor to a guy but they are major to a woman. Give in to your wife's friend: however, to quote a few threads, unplug it, don't help in the moving and never forget what happened.
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My thought exactly. Doing anything other is reinforcing bad behavior. And we have enough of this going around in both society and government.
I would agree. Tell them you have been using it as a clothes rack. Of course, if DW doesn't go along, you are toast.
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Tell them you'll give them your working treadmill if they'll deliver the their broken one and pickup your working one. Oh yeah, you'll have to set a timeline and make it clear that there would be no more future repossessions after the swap takes place. I personally wouldn't have any problem being this blunt with anyone. My guess is that they wouldn't be able to put the delivery and pickup together though, so you would end up still owning the working treadmill.
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I personally wouldn't have any problem being this blunt with anyone.
Even with your wife's friends?
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