Harbor Freight, Why must you torment me with open hardware packs and missing pieces. So today I called HF after picking up March’s Wood Magazine from the BORG. I promptly called them up with Christmas like excitement. Although the woman that answered seemed unimpressed with my mention of a coupon, she did offer, nicely, to check and see if they had the big green machine in stock. I waited for quite some time and just when my apprehension had reached it’s limit and I was leaning over to pound the speaker button and terminate the oh so gooey aggravating hold music, a sweet voice came on the line and said, It shows 3 but I’m still looking for them Hun. Back on Hold I went…Rockin to ipanema and Chicago favorites, I patiently awaited her return. And return she did, Todd, we’ve got em and I put your name on one. Thrilled, I snuck out early from work and drove across town. Lo and behold one of the grunts wheeled it from out back.
My first impression: Wow, that box looks like it came on a ship, through turbulent seas, from another planet….or China. I raced home and sliced open the packing tape, which alerted me to the possibility that it had already been opened. I pulled the items out one by one. Fail. Two of the three hardware packs open. Only 3 nuts in the whole box. Hmm, just enough to put one caster almost all the way on. And adding on the missing inlet duct…...a complete failure. Back in the box…..Back to HF Thursday. I presume they will be sold out and I will have to backorder it. :(
The similarities to the Mortiser mishap are not lost on me.
Thursday…......seems so far away.
I died a little on the inside today. <tear>
Ps. I’ll be checking the box in the HF parking lot, Thursday. Fool me once, Shame on you, Fool me twice and well….I’m an idiot.