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Corrosive Shame
Therapy for Life
AA - The Update
The AA clearly need some help with their databases - either that or they have too much money.

"Hello the AA, how can we help you?" (I've missed out the tedious AVR system)
"I've got a problem with both my cars"
"Ok, let me take the first one..."
"... and the second one."
"We have to do them as separate calls"

"Erm, ok. Whatever suits you. No need to send two patrols though."

"Oh no, there will just be one patrol."

A few minutes later, a text message telling me the patrol will be with me in 10 minutes (I like this!); then a minute or two later a phone call, telling me the patrol will be with in me in 10 minutes.

A patrol turns up. The nice man steps out, and gets to work on Seaweed. He's messing about with the battery when reinforcements arrive - another van - this one with two patrolmen in it.

The patrols look at each other, slightly amused, then have a car each to play with.

Can't complain eh - first time I've called them out since I joined in 1998 so I should hope for good service.

Oh, and the diagnosis: One completely dead battery & one sheared road spring. The latter is causing an imminent visit to car hospital.

Any mentions of cats should be ignored.


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From: pax_draconis Date: February 13th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
sheared road spring

kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: February 13th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. That was much my thought. He murmured something about potential blow out and I said "No shit..."

As always with conversations with repair persons I did ask if there was something I was doing wrong and he said no.

I accept this in complete faith.
frozen_wishes From: frozen_wishes Date: February 13th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Chel's car died on us the other day - they were with us within ten minutes of calling as well. Rather impressive! :)
purplewizard From: purplewizard Date: February 13th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
The worst time for call out I had from the AA was about 4.5 hours...
foul_temptress From: foul_temptress Date: February 13th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Having worked for the AA answering emergency calls I can tell you that you were speaking to a moron.
purplewizard From: purplewizard Date: February 14th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
This was many years ago before they had GPRS tracking etc.
They kept missing you as I was on an old road that had a new bypass built near it and they kept going along that looking for me instead and then giving up....
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