I just got rid of some really bad human garbage in my community. This scum fought me every step of the way but I just finally got them out this week. They had intimidated most of the community and having them gone has returned an immeasurable amount of peace and quiet to the entire community.
All is good, right?
For the past week or so, my truck has not been driving well. Something didn’t feel right with the steering. A couple of days ago, I noticed my front brake calipers were leaking on the driver’s side. Luckily, one of my helpers likes to wrench and said he would take care of the problem. As I was working on a home on Saturday morning, he called me over to show me something. My truck is a 4WD Nissan and there is a plastic cover over the locking hubs. A twist of the cover removes it and reveals Allen head bolts that hold the 4WD hubs to the end of the axle. All the bolts had been loosened on both wheels. These never come loose on their own. I often leave my truck in one part of the community while working in another and I am there usually until late at night. The only thing thing I can think of is that someone got to work really quickly when I was not around and loosened them up knowing that this could easily cause me to loose control. Especially as I usually use 4WD when it snows. Either no-one saw this happen or they were too intimidated to say anything. But the problem was caught in time and life goes safely on.
So what is the moral of this little tale? I haven’t a clue. Maybe this is what Corey means when he talks about “living the dream” I relate this to let others (newbies) know just how tough and nasty this business can be (I’m talking turnaround parks here) and I really think this sort of stuff simply gets glossed over more often than not. I made getting rid of the scum I believe did it one of my top priorities and I would do it again. Dealing with people (?) like this can actually be dangerous but that is what goes with the territory. You just have to have the resolve to get rid of them and not let anything stop you. The results were worth it in the end as so many people have come up to me and thanked me for kicking them out.
As far as calling the police and reporting this is concerned, I have learned not to rely on them for anything. My experience pretty much mirrors that of of Fred Balke. They (the police) talk big and encourage your efforts to clean up the community but relying on them for anything other than the most dire of emergencies is an exercise in futility, IMHO.
Post Edited (12-23-07 07:03)