Price gouging

Elwood P. Dowd /
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So last week the battery came in for the Bravo I'm working on, but it came dry. I call all the auto stores, home depot and lowes. Lowes had a gallon of acid for about 16 bucks, I don't need a gallon - I needed a couple mouths full - that's all.

So I start with the local mechanics and garages around where I live. Nobody had any acid. So I go to a gas station/garage and ask the mechanic if he had any acid and what would he charge to fill a small motorcycle battery. He told me he had acid and would charge me 30 bucks. WTF!!! The battery cost 25! I just walked away.

I go back a few days later with the battery in hand and he agrees to fill it, but for 15 bucks. I told him I could buy a gallon for 16, he said, go buy it. I told him I didn't need that much and wouldn't know what to do with the rest of it. Then I went into my spiel about being a local blue collar working stiff, bla, bla, bla. (I left out the accident and head injury stuff.)

He took the battery and began filling it, I said, so what is this going to cost, "NOTHING" he said in a haste and continued, "Everybody wants something for free."

Now I felt like a shitbag. Here's this guy all sweaty and covered in grease who'd probably been there since 6 a.m. He deserved compensation but not 15 fucking dollars for about 1 dollars worth of acid.

I'm gonna go by over the weekend while he's gone and ask the kid who pumps gas if the mechanic dude drinks beer and bring him a 7.50 six-pack of Harpoon on Monday morning.

Sound fair?

And oh, don't even ask me about what happened two weeks ago when I tried to get a tiny spot of welding done at a different shop.

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