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Gets you out of the house...

Post by Wolfie » Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:08 am

Recanting our old TV days with a mate some time ago we started down the road of awkward jobs and/or customers and what stories or stunts could be used to get the hell out..

Like rolling the frame and asking the customers which one they liked the best!

Come on guys you must have loads of tall tales..

(I wouldn't stoop so low) :aaj






But oh my gosh some of those customers, the sticky carpets and sets, the rabbit hutches in the living room etc, wipe yer feet on the way out.. there's a whole other thread there.. no names though.

 
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Re: Gets you out of the house...

Post by crustytv » Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:13 am

Wolfie wrote:Recanting our old TV days ......Come on guys you must have loads of tall tales..


Lots of the TV guys have been supplying their stories for the Trade Tales section on the main website. If you've not seen or read them they are here, must be at least 40 odd tales now. Always looking for more

 
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Re: Gets you out of the house...

Post by Cathovisor » Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:29 am

Wolfie wrote:Recanting our old TV days with a mate some time ago we started down the road of awkward jobs and/or customers and what stories or stunts could be used to get the hell out.. :aaj

Ahem... ITYM "recounting". :aal

Recant: to say that one no longer holds an opinion or belief, especially one considered heretical.

 
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Re: Gets you out of the house...

Post by Wolfie » Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:31 pm

I can no longer believe we said (or did) some of the stuff... it's close enough for me... :)


Sorry, I must admit I link straight here to see what you guys are up to, can't remember the last time I visited the top level.. :ccg
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Re: Gets you out of the house...

Post by crustytv » Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:43 pm

Wolfie wrote: I must admit I link straight here to see what you guys are up to, can't remember the last time I visited the top level.. :ccg

That is a shame as even if I do say so myself, there's a wealth of information, articles, brochures, TV blogs that Ex TV engineers such as yourself, should find interesting. On the other hand many ex TV engineers have not joined the forum but do comment on various articles and communicate via the contact system so its swings and roundabouts.

 
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Re: Gets you out of the house...

Post by slidertogrid » Mon Apr 18, 2016 6:41 pm

It's difficult to tell some of the tails without sounding like you are laughing at how thick the customer is so please don't think that sometimes you had to see the funny side or you would cry..
There was the regular OAP (usually) calls on certain Philips models for no sound, you would advise them where the speaker switch was and what to do they would toddle off and then in the background you would hear the set blare out something like THIS IS BBC.. the shocked OOH! From the customer then a return to the phone with " that's got it" It always reminded me of Basil Fawlty and Mrs Richards.." is this a piece of your brain?".
I called out to a customer who had recently bought a new Nicam Philips from us. They were complaining of poor teletext and pops and clicks on the sound. when I got there I found the set was wired to one of the cheapest crappy set top aerials I had ever seen, the customer and house resembled something out of a Harry Enfield sketch (the ones had a daughter called Frogmella) .
I commented that the set needed a better aerial they had spent a fair bit on the set and were spoiling it for the sake of a good aerial. I said something like the sound will pop if the signal is bad it's because it's Nicam stereo...
Quick as a flash she plonked the baby on the settee stubbed out her fag tightened up her dressing gown and asked " stereo? were doya put the records? " :ccb
A simple mistake I suppose.. after all Amstrad did make a telly that played records...

Another time I delivered a cheapie we had sold on the way home. I think it was a G11 or K40 certainly that style. I put the set on the lounge carpet on it's end and nipped back out to get the stand.
When I returned to the house I was met by a complaint. " hang on! That's not the set I bought" I checked the invoice to be sure and was just about to say that yes it was when the customer added " the screen on the one I bought was normal.. Not this long screen, I'm not having that one".
I thought for a second and then turned the set onto it's base. " how about now?" I said. "Oh yes that's it"
Sigh.. I screwed the stand on and showed the customer where the on off switch was...time for my dinner!
Seriously you couldn't make it up...
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Re: Gets you out of the house...

Post by crustytv » Mon Apr 18, 2016 6:58 pm

Both turned into trade tales and are now published

1. Customers, Customers, you’ve got a love em!
2. That’s not the set I bought!!

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Re: Gets you out of the house...

Post by slidertogrid » Fri Apr 29, 2016 1:03 pm

Sticky tapes... :aao
Over the years we had a laugh or two when customers got a certain type of adult entertainment stuck in the VCR.
There would be the customer that brought the machine in to the shop and usually asked in hushed tones if the tape could be removed now while they waited, now sometimes this would be because the cassette was a library tape and it was due for return, sometimes because the tape was of a nature they didn't want the wife to find.. We would usually oblige if possible.
Trev the video wallah always said you could tell the level of desperation by how hard the owner had tried to remove the tape.. There were usually signs of leverage around the housing and on occasion this had been quite frantic and a lot of damage had resulted.
One of the funniest was a field job. One of the trainees had just passed his driving test so I told him he could shadow me for a few days just to learn the basics of dealing with customers.
We would start him off with a round of mostly repair deliveries and simple repairs just to let him in gently. One of the jobs was to deliver a Betamax VCR back after repair. We rang the bell and a youngish chap with quite a high pitched voice ushered us into the lounge, he must have been in his mid 20's but sounded much younger, a bit like Micky mouse in fact...
I took the Video and the apprentice brought in the case with the hairdryer and test tape, while I connected the video I explained to Andy the apprentice about the possible condensation problems caused by taking the machine from a cold van into a warm house and how to use the hairdryer gently on the tape path if this occurred.
Then I went to play the test tape to check the machine was all working OK. I then realised that the test tape was VHS and that the Beta tape was on the bench back at the shop.
Quick as a flash being helpful Andy grabbed a tape from the pile next to the TV loaded it and pressed play..
The playback was eeerrm... well... There was a rather large chap laying face down on a bed naked while his partner who had obviously just returned from her job as a (rather stern looking) secretary dug her stiletto into his back while whipping him with a strap. He must have done something to really upset her..
My eyebrows rose as Andy calmly tried search and pause then pressing stop said " That all seems to be working OK" Micky's voice had risen another octave when he squeeked " did you see that programme? it was on channel 4 last night!" " no" I replied " I must have missed that".
Bill paid we were soon on our way, "well" said Andy "I certainly learned something there!" " Oh" I said " what was that" " I didn't know you could get porn on Betamax!" he replied..
"And another thing, He said looking at the job card "If that was on channel 4 last night how did he tape it? We had the video.."
After we stopped laughing I asked him to pull the next job card and read it out.
"It's a rental job.. no picture, Hitachi Video" " Yea Ok.I'll do this one" I replied "You keep your hands in your pockets this time"!
"Yea.. and after picking up that bloke's tape and remote I'm gonna wash em before I eat my sandwiches!" he replied.. :ccg
Rich.



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Re: Gets you out of the house...

Post by crustytv » Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:08 pm

Another snapped up and published over on the website. I think along with the other Rich ( sideband) your our two top tale tellers. :thumb

 
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Re: Gets you out of the house...

Post by Refugee » Sat Apr 30, 2016 10:53 am

I got asked to get a tape out of a Hitachi VHS recorder. The VCR was full up with a mixture of water and WD40.
The tape was rude and he wanted it rescued as it belonged to his mate.
The VCR was a write off as all the tuner section had rusted as water had flowed down the coax cable and found its way into the tape path.
The guy called an aerial rigger to fix the water problem.


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