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I am really tired of the disrespect we get from the media. To call us “mechanics with greasy paws”, is truly an insult. Are we animals? Why are portrayed like this. I have fought my entire career to change our image. Talk about racism and stereotyping!!!

 

Here is my response I posted on that site:

 

“Hey, Tim Stevens, I’m one of those greasy mechanics that you are referring too. To think that an $89.95 devise can take the place of someone like me is a joke. Pulling error messages from the OBDII computer is of no help without knowing how to interpret the data and analyze the computer system. But, that’s ok; I hope I see you stuck on the side of the road on a cold rainy night, with a check engine light problem. You won’t need me, because you have the Griffin Car Trip, right? Good luck with that, because I will drive right past you!”

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I laughed so hard at your comment Joe... I had to brace myself in my chair. You got out the article the same thing I did. Not only with this new found information make the uneducated driver seem like he just recieved a ray of brillance he/she is going to use this as thier weapon of choice when they go to a repair shop.... How about this instead.... give some credit to the GOOD shops and QUIT going to those hole in the wall-never learned a dam thing repair shops.

You know you don't need to be ASE certified to be a GOOD shop, and YES I might have greasy paws.... BUT, I'm for having a sheep skin like any other trade of service. Maybe if shops had to be rated or had some form of established trade practice this crap wouldn't happen. (read my book, it's in there)

I think thats why I try to find the funny in the all my repair situations.... I gotta laugh at them, I think they can be very entertaining, even though "they" don't get the punch line.

Oh, and BTW... the second car that passes this "Tim Stevens" on that lonely stretch of road is going to be none other than me.... Laughin my A$$ off the whole time...

 

 

 

I am really tired of the disrespect we get from the media. To call us "mechanics with greasy paws", is truly an insult. Are we animals? Why are portrayed like this. I have fought my entire career to change our image. Talk about racism and stereotyping!!!

 

Here is my response I posted on that site:

 

"Hey, Tim Stevens, I'm one of those greasy mechanics that you are referring too. To think that an $89.95 devise can take the place of someone like me is a joke. Pulling error messages from the OBDII computer is of no help without knowing how to interpret the data and analyze the computer system. But, that's ok; I hope I see you stuck on the side of the road on a cold rainy night, with a check engine light problem. You won't need me, because you have the Griffin Car Trip, right? Good luck with that, because I will drive right past you!"

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