Striking a BALANCE with a bike mechanic, what not to do

  So I am at CRC doing a favor and closing the shop. A guy walks in in a full kit (plum smuggler) with a flat tire. He says someone told him that I could change it quick. Well of course I can, so I take his tube and the wheel and fix his flat. I pump it up and hand it to him.  He turns around and walks out the door saying “thanks” on his way out.102101

  No consideration to paying for my labor, no tip for being a nice guy; nothin but the brush off and an un sincere “thanks”. You know me, I love to help out but I am no chump. 

  “So I jump ship in Hong Kong and make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas. A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I'm a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald... striking. So, I'm on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one - big hitter, the Lama - long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga... gunga, gunga-galunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know." And he says, "Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.”  Carl Spackler

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plums? Thats being a little generous.

Don't these grape smugglers usually have their credit cards in their pockets so they can throw it baristas and the likes of you?

I hope he comes back through when you are at the counter.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Jim Thill said...

It's always the guys with the most dough tied up in bling and kit who are the tightest asses when it comes to paying for basic service. I can spot them the second they walk through the door. Apparently, working on their expensive bikes must be reward enough.

10:24 PM  

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