They Just Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To

I took my truck in the other day for some routine maintenance.  Oil change, tire rotation, the usual.

When I dropped it off I mentioned to the service desk that I had noticed that the trim around the back wheel well seemed a bit loose and asked if they could retighten that.  No problem.  So I sit down to wait.

A half hour later the mechanic comes out.

Mr.Mechanic: “Can we give you a ride home?  We’re going to need the truck for at least another 2-3 hours.”

Me: “2-3 hours?  I thought the service was only going to take an hour?”

Mr.Mechanic: “Oh, yeah, that part we’re almost done.  It’s fixing the trim that’s going to take a few hours.”

Me: “Really??  Isn’t it just tightening a screw or something?”

Mr.Mechanic: “No, it’s held on with double sided tape, so we need to carefully remove it then take all the old tape off.  We need to make sure we get all the old adhesive from the tape or the new tape won’t stick properly.”

*blink* *blink*

Me: “I’m sorry, I thought you just said ‘tape’.”

Mr.Mechanic: “Yeah, double sided tape.”

Me: “So… what you’re telling me is that my seventy thousand dollar truck is held together with… TAPE?!?”

Mr.Mechanic: “Ummm… yeah.  But it’s double sided tape.”

Me: “Right.  My seventy thousand dollar truck is held together with double sided tape…. Exactly how expensive is this tape anyway?”

Mr.Mechanic: “Huh?”

Me:  “Never mind.  I’ll bring it back in another day for you to tape it back together.  In the meantime I’m going to go buy some 3M stock.”

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