Friday, July 28, 2006

Echoes From the Whinery

Donovan wrote:

Are you suggesting that if someone complains about 4 of their tires being slashed . . .

Huh??? Who had their tires slashed? Donovan, I think you are trying to make a mountain out of a molehill.

Based on the documents I read, there was NO allegation of tires being slashed but rather that ordinary road hazards (a screw and nail were specified) seemed to be happening at an unusual rate. That is a far, far different thing than having tires slashed: when tires are slashed, there’s no question of intent, but picking up common road hazards is a fairly common occurrence (talk to the tire folks about that).

I will easily admit that if Wilson’s self-reported estimates of the frequency is accurate — and it should have been easy enough for him to prove with records of the repairs — it does sound suspicious to me unless the rigs have been driving through construction areas a lot.

Quite a few years ago, my landlord was having work done on the his duplexes. The workers were less than careful with the materials, and six or seven of us and had flat tires — I personally had THREE in the space of a couple of weeks because my duplex was at the dead-end by the dumpster. The culprits? Screws and nails! That’s when I found out that screws and nails are considered road hazards not covered by tire warranties.

However, you’re not doing anything helpful, Donovan, by inflating flat tires to slashed tires.