I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Idiots at the local Sears...
I realize this isn't the case at every Sears, but I have to tell you what happened to me last night.
I went looking for 3 things, a 3/4"x1/2" impact reducing socket, a clamp style bearing puller, and a race/seal puller on a slide hammer.
So here I am, looking around, and I find nothing. This is where I make the mistake, I ask for help.
Me, "I am looking for..." (items listed above)
Guy 1: "Well, let's have a look" and walks over to the socket area. He picks up a 1/2" x 3/4" and hands it to me.
Me: "I need the one that goes the other way, from large to small"
Guy 1: "This is what you want"
Me: "Sorry, I don't have any 3/4" sockets, only 1/2", which is why I need the adapter, that one won't work".
Guy 1: "Oh, we don't carry that then".
Me: "Do you carry it in the catalog?"
Guy 1: "Nope, sorry, that's a special item, and we can't get them, maybe try a dealership".
On to the next item, the clamp style bearing puller.
Guy 1 hands me a 3 jaw style gear puller.
Me: "Sorry, I have one of those, that won't work for this application"
Guy 1: "Sorry, that's all we have".
Me: "How about the catalog?"
Guy 1: "Nope, sorry"
The last item also wasn't looking too good, but it made me smile and laugh...
Me: "How about the slide hammer?"
Guy 1: "Hammers are over there"
Guy 2: "You know, if you need a hammer to work on a vehicle, you're probably doing something wrong"
Guy 1: "I agree, you should maybe take it to a mechanic, you don't want to mess anything up"
What absolutely FLOORED me was these guys were serious. Here they were, working in the tool department, and neither one of them knew what a slide hammer was. They were also not new, they had obviously worked there for awhile based on their clothing, nametags, and demeanor.
What is this world coming to?