Indirectly, yes! Several years ago I was involved in producing a one hour special (other than my normal MotorWeek show) for a national TV news show that exposes a lot about scams in various fields. Anyway, we had taken a car and made sure every part of the steering and suspension was in perfect or new condition. After new parts were installed and everything adjusted to spec I disguised all new and handled parts to make them look untouched and old.
I worked for a furniture company for 16 years. We were bought by another company and assured that “our jobs were safe”. This other company flew in their customer service manager and she immediately took a dislike to me. Her company, if a piece was received damaged, would just replace it. Not so with our company, we would have the piece returned and repaired. When I heard her on the phone with a customer telling them we would send a replacement on one of our highest priced sectionals, I frantically got up from my seat and went to her telling her “ no you can’t do that “.
Long story short she had me fired. Even after my general manager flew on his own dime to convince the other company to keep me. 3 months later, I found out that this manager went to lunch and upon her return, the HR manager was waiting at the door for her with her belongings and fired her on the spot. Not long after that, her boss was also fired. Karma can be so sweet at times! Was sent off for training once, I was eighteen and this week long training was a requirement of the job. There was a man there that was about 26, he was kind of cute and so I flirted when I got the chance. He seemed interested and so I mentioned I planned on going to the hotel hot tub after dinner since it was our last night. He said he might see me there.
That evening I went to the pool area and he was already there sitting in the hot tub. I joined him and we had a lot of naughty chat as a family was finishing up in the pool for the night. He asked if I thought we could get away with a little more fun once they left. I told him I’m sure we could and reached over to start stroking him. Once the pool was empty I positioned myself on his lap, we began making out and he slid my swim suit to the side. I sat down further and he pushed himself inside me. As I bounced up and down we heard the pool door shut as the maintenance man walked in. I was frozen and didn’t move.
The maintenance man just tipped his hat, said ‘Hola’ grabbed something and quickly left. So we went back to it. Continued flirting the next day before we all had to fly back home, saw each other in the airport and smiled at each other then never spoke to him again. I cant say that I’ve been speechless as much as infuriated and never wanting to see her again. I caught her spreading rumors/lies about me on multiple occasions. At the time I was also dealing with twins that just graduated high school, a job loss, and my son moving 1800 miles away.. needless to say I was already a mess and needed support not, lies being spread about me.
Once the car was set up we took it to several national chain stores and a few small shops. Our story was simple; we had just purchased the car and it was supposed to be in great shape but we wanted to be sure because we were heading out for a long road trip. We asked that the shops please verify the great condition of the car as we wanted it to be safe. The first shop told us the car needed various front end parts including an idler arm.