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Old 04-21-2018, 06:39 PM   #76
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Re: Trip to the auto parts store just isn't the same

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Walk in O'Reilly's spot 17 year old female with gray T-shirt (figure she is trainee) standing near manager who knows me. He is talking to another so she breaks off and asks if she can help. I request tube of 3M windshield adhesive. She turns to manager and says help. He looks over and sees me - I ask if she is trainee (this is all with jovial attitude) he says yes. I look at her and tell her I want a carb kit for 54 Kaiser. She laughs and stammers. Manager goes back to other customer. I quiz her on her knowledge - it's very rudimentary. I ask if this is summer job or does she love cars. She says she loves cars and in particular Mustangs. I ask her who is Carroll Shelby. Uhhhhhhhhh. I point to my patina 68 and start to point out that I know every single part of the truck (parts from 7 different cars and trucks) she interrupts and says my truck is beautiful. So, she has some appreciation for older iron. That is a good sign. I tell her if she wants to learn and speak intelligently about cars and be good at being counterman then go home and consume every YT video and article on Mustangs and their inner workings since she loves them. I get my adhesive from the manager and tell her I will be back and there will be a quiz.
the adhesive is located on the aisle you should have been able to find it yourself ?
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Old 04-21-2018, 09:29 PM   #77
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Re: Trip to the auto parts store just isn't the same

It has happened to me,the parts counter person did not know what I wanted.I needed water pump gaskets for a small block Chevy and he did not know what they looked like.Luckily I know the manager very well and had the other counter person look them up,he found them.Another time was a fuel filter,coolant filter and oil filter for a Paccar diesel engine in a Kenworth semi truck.I about blew up and the manager saw this was going to happen.Once again,took care of it and had the other counter person found them.
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Old 04-21-2018, 11:26 PM   #78
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the adhesive is located on the aisle you should have been able to find it yourself ?
You seem to know something about the stores I frequent in my area there Nostradamus. Is it going to rain here tomorrow? Will the Cowboys make it to the playoffs? The 2 stores I frequent both have had that particular item in the back on the last two times I have made that purchase. Have a nice day.
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Old 04-22-2018, 09:25 AM   #79
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^^^ I find everything in your little story to be very much in line with something I would also do. If we don't take stock in the obvious newbie and make it fun learning while showing our positive support, then we have no one else ti blame for crappy counter help than ourselves. Not everyone is a born prodigy or had a dad with knowledge to share...or if he did never put effort into passing it along (I know many a-hoes like that). Youngin' who don't want to listen are one thing, ones that show an ounce of interest deserve pounds of knowledge and advice or we have failed.... Over
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^^^ I find everything in your little story to be very much in line with something I would also do. If we don't take stock in the obvious newbie and make it fun learning while showing our positive support, then we have no one else ti blame for crappy counter help than ourselves. Not everyone is a born prodigy or had a dad with knowledge to share...or if he did never put effort into passing it along (I know many a-hoes like that). Youngin' who don't want to listen are one thing, ones that show an ounce of interest deserve pounds of knowledge and advice or we have failed.... Over
Muy sympatico. As written previously the mood was jovial and I have been motivating young people for a long time. I believe am skilled in this area and can do it in a positive way so I hopefully set a small fire that will be fanned each time I return. If a fool hates instruction then logically the opposite is true. Your reference to fatherly instruction was right on too.
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