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Old 07-01-2008, 06:20 PM   #2991
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No dogbaker, you're right on. I am the OP and when I started this thread I was about ready to dropkick my sewing machine into the neighbours yard. Thanks for the sympathies!
my stepmother was a wiz with sewing machines and could operate any of them .Now I have a featherweight old singer and it is as simple as it gets. i still manage to get frustrated. I would sew more if it was not for the mechanical challenges.
nice to meet you and know I am not alone .
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Old 07-01-2008, 06:25 PM   #2992
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OK. How stupid is this?
I made an appt to get my vehicle inspected today. I was told to drop it off at noon and it would take about an hour. So, I had someone pick me up and I took them to lunch. She dropped me off 15 minutes ago to pick up my vehicle, or so I thought.
They were JUST STARTING ON IT! When I walked in the mechanic said, we take lunch from 12 to 1:00, we're just starting. Well then why did you tell me to drop it off at noon then?!...
They needed a vehicle to drive to lunch in! That's how they save on gas!

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Old 07-01-2008, 11:35 PM   #2993
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my stepmother was a wiz with sewing machines and could operate any of them .Now I have a featherweight old singer and it is as simple as it gets. i still manage to get frustrated. I would sew more if it was not for the mechanical challenges.
nice to meet you and know I am not alone .
I have an old Singer as well, in great condition in one of those antique desks with the swing out extension and hidden drawer in the side. I can never seem to quite get the hang of it on a consistent basis and I was a good sewer in high school.
The neighbor was a seamstress, and was going to help us with it and teach us a few things but never did get around to it.
But yea, I can certainly relate to the frustration sometimes.
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:37 PM   #2994
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They needed a vehicle to drive to lunch in! That's how they save on gas!

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Reminds of Feris Beuller's Day Off, when he parked that beautiful Corvette downtown and they took it for a joyride!
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:38 PM   #2995
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Okay, another car vent.

Our car broke down on Saturday and friends of ours who we sold our old car to lent is back to us and we are actually thinking of buying it back from them as they now have more vehicles than they need and our other car is probably beyond repair.

We own a townhouse and have two parking stalls. DH was driving the kids to a BBQ around 3 and then came home and parked in the secondary stall as he has been all weekend and as he parked the same car before we sold it in October.

There has been a blitz of towing vehicles that are parked in front of the buildings, even for 5 minutes to unload groceries or to load up for a move.

A friend came over for dinner and a movie and DH was about to drive her home and pick up DD and her hubby. Well, I got off the phone with DD and it wrang again real quick....it was DH from the parking lot telling me that the car was not in the stall. He phones the towing company and they towed it because it was unauthorized. If they tow from a stall they have to check with the owners of the stall and obviously they didn't. It will be $86.00 to get it out.

We called the police and they said if it was towed by the towing company they can't do anything about it because it wasn't "stolen", even though it was. We called our management office's emergency number and they said they can only deal with fires and break-ins (don't we have police and firemen to deal with those?). we have to wait until 9:00 to talk to the manager. DH starts work at 8:00 am and uses the car for work. I have my very important doctor's appointment in the late morning.

I am so mad right now which is not helping my pain levels very much. We used to like where we live but it is seeming that we are more like renters than owners.
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:49 PM   #2996
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That can be complicated to deal with. Hopefully the manager can help you out as he should have some pull with the towing company.
Otherwise, I don't know what you would call it in your courts, but here you would have to take the towing company to small claims court to get your $86 back on the grounds they did not check with the owner of the stall prior to towing.
It is also the same stance I would take with the manager, that since they did not check with you they are in the wrong and should release the vehicle back to you with no charge or he can reconsider their business arrangement.
Hope you are able to work it out.
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:39 PM   #2997
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Okay, manger of building says that she personally went out and identified the "wrongly parked vehicle" for the tow truck driver and told him to remove it. The person who has the stall next to ours where DH allegedly parks says he was gone all day and didn't lodge a complaint. When we just pulled into the stall now (car is back $86.50 later) I said to DH there is no way he could get it wrong and he agreed. We already know that the manager lies and bends the rules to suit herself. We have a sign in the window asking if anyone can verify which stall the car was in around the time it was towed.

This has really shaken DH up because he knows he didn't do anything wrong and yet everyone is pointing the finger at him (manager, towing company) and that is what I am most mad at. The money hurts, but it is just money.
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:46 PM   #2998
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That would really tick me off LP, I hate people like that.
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Old 07-02-2008, 07:18 PM   #2999
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If you have a small claims style court, I would pay the small fee and file against her for the $86.50. Not her company or the tow company, just her personally. If you claim the vehicle was properly parked and she claims it wasn't, she actually has to prove it was not properly parked to justify the tow otherwise she looses.
She might try to argue she acted on behalf of the management company, but you can counter that since she did not contact either you or the owner of the other stall prior to towing she was not acting in accordance with the rules and therefore acting on her own.
You won't get all your money back, you may not win, but she may think twice about messing around with this again. Plus, I would pass fliers around to all the residents detailing what she is doing and warning them against her behavior.
Maybe even start a petition asking for her removal. Non of this gets your money back and it may not even get you anywhere, but I am sure you will feel better for standing up for yourself and giving her something to think about in the future.
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Old 07-03-2008, 11:24 AM   #3000
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Thanks, Buddy. We put a note on our car and actually got someone who saw it get towed respond. He said that there was no car in 248 when the manager and tow truck got there so she (manager) said "tow this one, I don't think it belongs". We got him to put it in writing, and the manager forked over the $86.50 out of her own pocket pretty quickly.

Well, this is another wrap-up to a previous vent of mine regarding my health. I saw the surgeon yesterday and he asked what I wanted to do. I said I was leaning toward the replacment because I just wanted it done and over with and didn't like the odds with the scope. He talked some more saying that we would know in 6 months whether the scope would work (50/50 chance) and I could have one every two years until I was "old enough" for the replacement. I reluctantly agreed to this but when I was filling out the forms it just didn't feel right. I was feeling like I was settling. We asked the receptionist how long a wait for the 2 procedures and she said August for the scope (not the two weeks he had quoted before) and September or early October for the replacement.

I said I wanted to think about it and so was going to leave and call when I was ready. But she talked to the doctor who had me back in and he said he would do either procedure but wanted ME to be sure. So it ended with me signing both consent forms and calling in next Monday with the answer. Well, I am calling in today because I have thought, talked, prayed and researched and am at peace with having the replacement done and out of the way. Yes, I will have to have it done again in 15 - 20 years, but that is 15-20 years of guaranteed relief, not 6 months to two years of maybes.

Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers on this. It means I still have to wait in pain, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel and it looks real good!
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