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2005-03-20 12:08:05 PM  
 
2005-03-20 12:13:55 PM  
that must suck so much for the homeowners. I mean, damn.
 
2005-03-20 12:17:36 PM  
It was pretty dumb to pack it up and leave it out for anyone to take.
 
2005-03-20 12:20:07 PM  
What kind of idiots leave a truck like that in a mall parking lot?!? I think the movers deserve the if not the tag!
 
2005-03-20 12:20:35 PM  
"Would you like insurance, sir?"
"Oh, yes. I plan on beating the hell out of this car."
-Seinfeld
 
2005-03-20 12:24:04 PM  
Jamie and John sound like some pretty Close friends...
 
2005-03-20 12:24:30 PM  
1) They were stupid to leave all of their stuff in a rather portable box for someone else to take.

2) I'm all for invoking the death penalty on people who steal other people's stuff. Housebreaking, car theft, etc., just shoot 'em all. Coming home to find out that someone's broken a lock and taken pretty much everything (including your wedding bands for the upcoming wedding) sucks major ass.

/now waiting for the bleeding hearts to pop up and tell me how much the thieves' lives sucked, and they were forced by The Man to engage in anti-social criminal activity.
 
2005-03-20 12:27:31 PM  
Caradoc:

now waiting for the bleeding hearts to pop up and tell me how much the thieves' lives sucked, and they were forced by The Man to engage in anti-social criminal activity.

Well yeah, your plan would be a holocaust of poor people every generation and never reduce crime.
 
2005-03-20 12:29:58 PM  
The joke is on the thieves: They probably thought they were getting something worth having.
 
2005-03-20 12:30:30 PM  
Caradoc:

You just don't understand with your decadent middle class lifestyle. Not everyone has the advantages you do, so you should subsidize the poor, even if it means they have to do it themselves. Personally, I'd think you'd praise them for their willingness to work for it instead of waiting for a handout.

/you know I am kidding right? Stealing wedding bands. Farking low.
 
2005-03-20 12:34:13 PM  
knucklebreather: and never reduce crime

How so? There can't be any repeat criminals if you simply kill them.

I've worked with a *lot* of poor people. SWMBO used to work in a social services office.

There are large numbers of "poor" who don't resort to thievery. In fact, the overwhelming numbers of criminals don't come from the bottom of the "poor" heap. They come from the level somewhere near the middle where their greed overwhelms their morals.

The ones at/near the absolute bottom fall into two categories - those who really don't give a crap about their condition, and those who do give a crap but have other problems to deal with.

Don't get me wrong - I'm all for making sure Kenneth Lay and Bernie Ebbers get *their* comeuppance, too.

Last time I had to move in a truck like that, I slept in the truck, armed.
 
2005-03-20 12:37:56 PM  
Last time I had to move in a truck like that, I slept in the truck, armed.

Thats what i was thinking too, why would you leave all your worldly possesions in something that can be stolen so easily, one of these friends should totally have taken turns watching it.
 
2005-03-20 12:40:41 PM  
Don't get Uhaul, they're a horrible company. Rented a trailer from them 6 months ago and they screwed me in many ways. Google "uhaul" you'll see plenty of pissed off customers.
 
2005-03-20 12:50:48 PM  
Caradoc: How so? There can't be any repeat criminals if you simply kill them.

Yeah when we catch them after god knows how many crimes. I'm not going to argue this, obviously we have different viewpoints. I'm just saying that if you or I had been in the ghetto, there's almost no chance, even as awesome and responsible we think we are, that we'd have ended up where we are today. So I can't see 'killing thieves' as anything but 'killing poor people'. Like you say, not all poor people resort to crime. But all poor people need money, and many people who need money will resort to crime.
 
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2005-03-20 12:51:40 PM  
Also get the insurance if you plan to drive in Boston, because it is a moving day tradition for somebody to take a rental truck under a low bridge on one the cars-only parkways.
 
2005-03-20 01:10:46 PM  
The company I used to work for would send me to trade shows and I would always have to rent a car. After about 12 trips, the CFO tells us travellers that we were wasting $30 a car on insurance since none of us have had an accident. Thus, from this point forward, do not get insurance.

Next trip out, the other rep get's his car broken into (Note to self, do not leave the company car unattended while in a lady of ill-repute house). Cost the company $9200 in damages since there was no insurance.

CFO and the rep both went packing.
 
2005-03-20 01:33:16 PM  
Their car insurance might cover some (probably not much) of it?
 
2005-03-20 01:38:32 PM  
2005-03-20 01:10:46 PM stoonrules [TotalFark]

A company I used to work for carried auto insurance for their employees when they rented cars. I used to rent quite a bit and I can see the insurance that rental places have can add up pretty quick. The insurance we had was more like a flat flee that covered any rental, as long as it's an employee and they're driving on business. The insurance card I had to carry around look like any other that you might have in yours, except under car insured, it stated "any". :)
 
2005-03-20 02:06:01 PM  
Do NOT use U-Haul. If you don't beleive me, then check out the information that the Better Business Bureau has on them.

Stick with Penske (best)or Ryder.
 
2005-03-20 02:09:42 PM  
never odd or even:

Don't get Uhaul, they're a horrible company. Rented a trailer from them 6 months ago and they screwed me in many ways. Google "uhaul" you'll see plenty of pissed off customers.

The random gas stations and businesses that rent Uhauls are generally very crappy.

If you go to a corporate-owned Uhaul center, you'll get excellent service.

The worst experience I've ever had was with Ryder, and it was a Ryder-owned center.

Uhaul's trucks are generally in shoddy shape, but they're cheap, they'll get you from point A to point B, and the customer service is excellent at the corporate centers.
 
2005-03-20 03:03:40 PM  
I used to like renting UHaul- they were one of the last moving companies to figure out that they had to permanently attach the odometer to the transmission.
 
2005-03-20 03:27:38 PM  
get the insurance... especially when going cross country. Park it where you can see it at all times, and where you can hear if anything is happening to the vehicle.

I have doen the cross country move twice in the past three years, and that is how I handled it.
 
2005-03-20 03:30:44 PM  
You guys, I'm concerned about the guy in this. He lost all his porn. I think we as Farkers have a duty to make sure he gets a new porn collection. I propose we start a new charity "Porn for the poor"
 
2005-03-20 03:31:05 PM  
Oh and both times I went with U-Haul. Better rates and no issues... Penske (sp?) has screwed me once before and Ryder isn't much better in my experience.

Always go to the corporate owned U-Hauls. Last time I did the cross country I had a brand spanking new 26 foot Ford with a v10 in it. Ran like a champ, but the radio sucked.
 
2005-03-20 04:44:46 PM  
Nice job, Sir Rent-A-Cop.
 
2005-03-20 04:49:38 PM  
Who greenlights this shiat?
 
2005-03-20 04:49:52 PM  
Last time I had to move in a truck like that, I slept in the truck, armed.

Ah, America. Where you can find people with guns sleeping in rented trailers all across the landscape. Could it be any better?
 
2005-03-20 04:52:07 PM  
always, ALWAYS get the insurance when renting a u-haul type vehicle. never, NEVER get the insurance when renting a car... your credit card covers the insurance (if it doesn't, time to get a different CC).

/alwsays rents cars using a CC with a $250.00 limit...
 
2005-03-20 04:52:25 PM  
thats cold
 
2005-03-20 04:53:16 PM  
Uhaul is okay for moving your crap across town. Penske is better if you're going some distance. Except last time I got a truck (24' diesel with lift gate, biggest thing you can get without a CDL) I specifically asked for an automatic, got a confirmation on an automatic. So I arrive and what's there? A freaking stick. "Oh, yeah, that's all we have. we are getting a bunch of automatics next week though." Thanks. Now, I took it, I drive a stick every day. Just there were a bunch of little side streets and hills that I didn't enjoy. At all, as one side of my move was downtown pittsburgh.

And the assorted insurances cost about as much as the rental fee. Didn't appreciate that.
 
2005-03-20 05:00:40 PM  
Jeffy Jeff:

Ah, America. Where you can find people with guns sleeping in rented trailers all across the landscape. Could it be any better?

Did he have his truck stolen?
 
2005-03-20 05:01:36 PM  
U-haul trucks are fricken death traps. Bad brakes, bad tires, bad engines, seatbelts maybe....

Anyone who thinks U-haul is an OK company has a screw loose.
 
2005-03-20 05:01:37 PM  
I rented from a corporate uhaul and they were horrible. I missed a shift of work having to drive back and forth all over the county to get my trailer. Then it was messed up and I had to do it all over again. Uhaul has a lot of pissed off customers. Here's one of many sites.

http://www.dontuseuhaul.com/
 
2005-03-20 05:02:24 PM  
I rented a U-haul last night. In-city move, with one of those 19.95 cargo vans. After insurance, and mileage (29 miles), and putting four and a half gallons of gas in it, it ended up costing 74 dollars (including gas). They're pretty much a gip.

On a side note, I needed the van to move equipment for a gig last night. I reserved it on Thursday for an overnight move on Saturday night. When I talked to the rental place on Friday, they said they could give me the van from 10am to 3pm. When I called the reservation number to complain, the woman laughed at me, literally. Apparantly, I should know better than to try to reserve a van on a Saturday night.

Overall, bad experience, I wouldn't recommend them.
 
2005-03-20 05:06:07 PM  
U Haul is the worst company I've ever dealt with. And they are 99% responsible for two of the worst days of my life.

I'm responsible for the other 1% of that, because I was dumb enough to rent from U Haul.
 
2005-03-20 05:06:12 PM  
He's moving out of Florida... Looks like they still have a LOT to learn.
 
2005-03-20 05:08:38 PM  
I always get the insurance just so I don't have to waste 30 min of my life inspecting the previous damage done to the vehicle and then spend another 30 minutes going over the truck with the representative who wants to argue that I made things worse.
 
2005-03-20 05:10:07 PM  
Add me to the list of people that got farked by uhaul. Reserved a 17' truck a week in advance. No one ever called to tell me where to pick it up so the day of my move I called and had to drive like 25 miuntes (it was the closest place). No big deal. I get there and "Derrr we dont' have a 17' truck, we have a 10' truck though, how's that??" So after yelling at the guy for a bit (who said he was done working with uhaul after that month because people like me get pissed at him. gee) i call uhaul. They find me a 14' truck 50 minutes away on the opposite side of the city. i finally took the 10' and squeezed my stuff in (and filled my car) but it took me 4 hours in the middle of the afternoon when i needed to be moving.
 
2005-03-20 05:11:07 PM  
I guess maybe I should have said that people should rent from whomever they prefer.

Some people have had great experiences with Ryder and horrible experiences with Uhaul. Some people have had horrible experiences with Ryder and great experiences with Uhaul.

I imagine that, if a quantitative study were done, we would see that there's very little difference in the average quality and customer service of any of the major truck rental companies.
 
2005-03-20 05:13:40 PM  
mason55

Add me to the list of people that got farked by uhaul. Reserved a 17' truck a week in advance. No one ever called to tell me where to pick it up

and yet somehow that's their fault??? that's somewhat akin to saying "add me to the list of people that got farked by Southwest airlines.. I made a reservation a week in advance. No one ever called to tell me where the airport is..."
 
2005-03-20 05:15:56 PM  
I've used U-Haul many times and haven't had any problems. If you're in the DC area, I recommend the one in Takoma Park, MD; lots of newer model trucks and parking for your car while using their equipment.
 
2005-03-20 05:16:42 PM  
Uhaul intentionally overbooks to maximize rentals in case people cancel. If not enough people cancel, customers get raped. If you've ever moved you know that not having a truck the day you need it is a nightmare.

I'm sure some other companies pull the same shiat. All I know is that there are plenty of companies to choose from and Uhaul should be crossed of your list.
 
2005-03-20 05:19:22 PM  
They PARKED IT IN A MALL PARKING LOT?!?!?!

that is almost too stupid to belive... freaking morans
 
2005-03-20 05:19:55 PM  
And the license on the u-haul truck..

 
2005-03-20 05:30:32 PM  
Yeah they were stupid as hell for just leaving the truck where anybody could take it but what sort of piece of shiat actually steals other people's shiat like that?
 
2005-03-20 05:33:34 PM  
2005-03-20 05:13:40 PM NeedleGuy
and yet somehow that's their fault??? that's somewhat akin to saying "add me to the list of people that got farked by Southwest airlines.. I made a reservation a week in advance. No one ever called to tell me where the airport is..."mason55, U-Haul does suck.
 
2005-03-20 05:33:54 PM  
"Packed with 3 bedrooms of furniture and a lifetime of memories they're hoping someone can help."

This sentence is so grammatically incorrect, it's not even funny. It's like a video of blind animals: it's not amusing.
 
2005-03-20 05:36:29 PM  
I'll not forget when I was coming home from college at the Univ. of Nebraska, Ma and I rented a U haul. And yes, we did make Ma's homeowner's insurance aware of our move. We stayed the night at a motel in Albuquerque and took turns watching it in the parking lot from the window in our room. That was our whole fargin' lives in there.
 
2005-03-20 05:36:38 PM  
Hmm... half my post is missing. What I was saying was I agree with mason55. The way it works is you make the reservation online or by phone. They call you the day prior to your move to let you know which U-Haul location to pick up your equipment at. Only step 2 didn't happen for mason55 or myself.

When they didn't call me, I called the 800 number to check on my reservation. The person on the other end laughed at me because I expected to get an overnight use of a van on Saturday. This made her day apparantly.
 
2005-03-20 05:38:22 PM  
NeedleGuy

When you make a reservation with U-Haul, they specifically tell you that they will call you 24 hours ahead of the reservation time to tell you where the truck will be. You don't get to pick the location, they direct you to the closest location that has a truck available matching your needs.
 
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