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(Minneapolis Star Tribune)   Mechanic donates $12,000 worth of repairs to city vehicles to help budget shortfall   ( startribune.com) divider line
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2002-12-27 02:41:30 PM  
2002-12-27 02:41:43 PM  
This never would have happened if they decriminalized the weed.
2002-12-27 02:42:12 PM  
The donation amounts to about 1 percent of the city's budget shortfall.

nice try ;)
2002-12-27 02:42:18 PM  
12 grand worth of muffler bearings?
2002-12-27 02:42:27 PM  
Which equates to fixing it right one time and the city will have no vehicles for 6 months minimum
2002-12-27 02:42:28 PM  
That's pretty cool, actually. He'll never get issued a speeding ticket again.
2002-12-27 02:42:58 PM  
I have an idea! They could cut spending.
2002-12-27 02:43:22 PM  
If our cities wouldn't keep wasting money by feeding and clothing the farktards in jail they would have plenty of money to fix their vehicles.
2002-12-27 02:43:39 PM  
After one of his free, quality brake jobs?

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2002-12-27 02:44:10 PM  
Runs great but top speed will be 37 mph.
2002-12-27 02:44:12 PM  
Hey, that's pretty nice. But then again, I'm sure he's just trying to get on the good side of the law, cause God knows he's probably going to be let off of any & all speeding/drinking tickets.

It's Michigan, I grew up there .. so I can say that.
2002-12-27 02:44:55 PM  
More budget cuts?

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2002-12-27 02:47:02 PM  

Look at the snear on the cops face getting out of the car. And the fat one? Don't get me started. I bet he is calling to say "keep the food under the heat lamp. I'll be by to get it when I can."
2002-12-27 02:47:42 PM  
12-27-02 02:42:12 PM CovetousJOO
The donation amounts to about 1 percent of the city's budget shortfall.

nice try ;)

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$12,000 is 1% of $12,000,000 or isn't that what you were implying.
2002-12-27 02:49:21 PM  
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2002-12-27 02:50:17 PM  
We need a Michigan tag.
2002-12-27 02:50:35 PM  
I meant $12,000 is 1% of $1,200,000

2002-12-27 02:51:22 PM  
Even though it's only 1 percent, and even if he's hoping to get a couple "get out of jail free" cards out of this, it's still a mighty good deed. If other citizens in the town followed his lead, they could, as citizens, make a major impact on the town's problems.

It's something more Americans should do. Imagine how much our economy and overall national prosperity would improve if even ten percent of the country's population did something like this.

Of course, we'd sooner conquer Canada and force them do all the work for us, but it's a nice thought anyway.
2002-12-27 02:51:58 PM  
Maybe they should cut down on the donut budget

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2002-12-27 02:54:20 PM  
2002-12-27 02:54:21 PM  
Only because it's sort of a cop thread

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2002-12-27 02:56:42 PM  
Maybe they should cut waste?
2002-12-27 02:57:47 PM  
a noble effort on his part, but somehow, it reminds me of spitting in the ocean to try and raise the water level. And the way city politics usually works, some official will figure out a way to get a pay raise on the money saved.

or maybe, I'm just being cynical, tainted from a lifetime of typical politics in Louisiana...
2002-12-27 02:58:33 PM  
Now if someone would just donate the letter "t" for the actual article headline.
2002-12-27 02:59:33 PM  
Berkley, geez. fark that yuppy shiat hole.
2002-12-27 03:00:34 PM  
MacG, good idea, but governments just don't work like that.
2002-12-27 03:01:37 PM  

Thanks for bring that to the attention of those that didn't read the article.

Mechanic piches in to bail out town

2002-12-27 03:02:11 PM  
Oops, .s/Please/Counterattack
2002-12-27 03:06:07 PM  
that will actually last about a day, anyone who has sold mechanical things to a city/county/state knows the day it leaves your place of business is the day it comes back. Why? cause the dumbest people in the world operate them.

one time a town bought a chainsaw from my family business and burned it up they day they bought, cause they didnt mix oil in the thing. They've also farked up 30,000 worth of epuipment they day they bought it, but that was repairable
2002-12-27 03:08:16 PM  
/rant/So if everybody would just donate a huge amount of goods or services to the State, and only took what they needed, we would have a wonderful Socialist state, and we all know how well those have worked out in the past, don't we.

This dude is doing nothing but buying his way out of minor tickets for the rest of time. He is not a hero in the sense of " we should all take a page out of his book and do the right thing for our town": the fact is that he is heroically pragmatic.

If the town is so badly managed that they have this massive deficit, he should donate $12,000 to the election campaigns of people with brains enough to run the town correctly.

How do you like THAT?
/end rant/
2002-12-27 03:09:32 PM  
DrLearned--i like that alot
2002-12-27 03:10:44 PM  
Great, cities are now to get by through beggary and volunteer donations. What's next, a "Save Berkley" web site?
2002-12-27 03:14:14 PM  
2002-12-27 03:19:16 PM  
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2002-12-27 03:20:15 PM  
How many city employee mechanics is he putting out of work? Doesn't he realize that these people are good union members who have developed work habits that make them unemployable elsewhere? Where is his compassion?
2002-12-27 03:22:30 PM  
Great, cities are now to get by through beggary and volunteer donations. What's next, a "Save Berkley" web site?

You must not have kids in government schools. They're continually pestering parents for supplies, goods for bake sales, outright donations, etc.
2002-12-27 03:24:51 PM  
Most towns that size don't have their own mechanics do anything other than basic maintenance; they farm out the real repairs.

By "donating" the labor on the cars, the shop owner guarantees himself that he'll at least get the money from the mark-up in parts, which he might not have gotten had they gone to another shop.
2002-12-27 03:26:24 PM  
If you like something, make it better. The mechanic's doing that for his city. Maybe it's enlightened self interest, maybe he wants to cut his taxes, whatever. It's a neat thing to do.

Now, I just need something to screw over Los Angeles. Too late! *Laughing at Jjorsett's post*
2002-12-27 03:46:24 PM  
"Hero" my ass

this guy is a sucker

if the money wasn't mismanaged in the first place, there wouldn't be a budget shortfall in the first place. giving more money to the farks who run the government isn't what we need to do when they prove themselves too inept to handle what they already have.
2002-12-27 03:55:58 PM  
Can anybody donate some auto-body work to a fellow farker? I just pulled a Dukes of Hazzard with my Honda this morning. I've got: 3 flat tires, 2 mangled rimz, 2 deployed airbags, 1 bent door, 1 farked quarter panel, and a helluva problem with the suspension.
2002-12-27 05:45:24 PM  
The guy deserves a hero tag, he did what most won't do... willingly give to the goverment. And do I have to point out these city vehicles are the vehicles that patrol the neighborhood, pick up trash, clean the streets, deliver ice cream, oh not the icecream one. Regardless of who is spending what on where, the story is about a guy who is rising above the rest, don't knock him, praise him. Oh and he donated $12,000 worth of repairs, so he didn't hand them money, he's not a dumbass.
2002-12-27 11:12:09 PM  
Another hero label on the labor deal. So the guy works for free and this is good?

Do you fark.com folks work for nothing???
2002-12-27 11:33:34 PM  
Maybe this guy is brilliant. Donates time to improve his town. Normally worth money it is translated to $12,000 in headlines and news articles. Great publicity for his business, still gets profit from mark-up on parts. Maybe in a few years he will want to run for mayor. He could say, "I did my part to keep your taxes from going up" and it would be true. He went way beyond what the average citizen does for their community.

Plus maybe he loves what he does. Maybe turning wrenches is more than his career, maybe it is also his entertainment or passion.
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