The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 7, 1968 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, May 7, 1968
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Btyflievtne (Ark.) Courier Wews —Tuesday, Way 7, ltd — Housewives Lament About Repair Men By VIVIAN BROWN Appliance service men often cause consternation and confusion because (1) they often do not diagnose accurately the unit's problem and (2) because they charge the same hourly fee for telling a woman she has no trouble in her appliance when in fact, she does. Housewives discussing this problem recently decided that appliance owners should have recourse to an arbiter in such matters. For example, one woman discovered that service fees and new parts in the last two years have been more than twice the cost of her four-year-old washing machine. She just realized recently when she moved to a new community that service men do hot always know their business. It is: expensive when you can't afford their mistakes, : "A service man told .me *-<i machine needed a new^pump. I couldn't believe it as the pump was six months old. He took a $7 service fee and left. Later, my husband fished around in the machine and found a child's sock caught in a vital section. He removed it and the machine worked fine but I was out another $7. If a service man is told the part he suggests being replaced is, in fact, new, lie should stay for the $7 hourly fee and try to locate the real trouble. Another housewife mentioned that one service man in a community where she had formerly lived was hipped on removing washing machine pump systems, "Practically every woman in bur neighborhood had one installed sometime or another." - - • •She thinks he is like the dentist who ,|>ulls .all your teeth when you are having trouble with two — the serviceman just removed something that might solve one of several potential problems. I Housewives also resent servicemen who .run down certain machines in a derogatory fashion .. "I wouldn't have one of these klinkers,... This company; doesn't know anything about dishwashers. ... They are taking these py.e n s off the market..." and so-on. If. asked, He'll recommend a machine that he • can sell, apparently resenting that only certain appliance centers sell the other machines. •.:••••... One; man using this psychology caused a woman to feud with longtime reputable companies over an oven and washing machine. . Some television repairmen do not know these electronic devices they come to repair. One woman claims ithat one repairman is always accompanied by his teenage boy, a science student. One day, she realized that it was the Boy who was making the diagnosis. One man who had put two new ' t u b e s in: lu's television without getting a rumble called a repair man who installed six "pew" tubes, and charged him for the tubes plus service. The bvyner^ looked into the set just as the TV- man was about to leave arid discovered that his, two new tubes were missing and two used tubes had been put in their place. The repairman relinquished the new ones without a murmur. One good service man points out that there ; are a number of- .dead beats in-the service field but, lie says, people catch up with them in a short time and they are out of business. Problems the ladies would like to have straightened out include ... Paying a service fee when the machine'isn't fixed or it goes on the blink again within minutes of the service man's departure. Paying a s.ervice fee for ah inaccurate apprisal of the problem.. "'•'••'• . '.'.- . • The idea of, having to accept a diagnosis that doesn't seem logical — i.e. — when he suggests that a new part should be replaced. ., , •'>/. . :; . They think that .most.' reputable companies make good, products that should require a minimum of service. They shoiilc : have trouble wires so that- one cani seek advice; when an appliance becomes an unreason; able financial burden. And if an occasional machine is a "lemon", the company should recall it just as car companies do "if they want to maintain their good reputation," says one homemaker. Crawfish Champ BREAUX BRIDGE, La. (AP) — John Palmisano, Northeast Louisiana College pharmacy student, is the new "world champion" crawfish eater, having consumed 22 pounds in two hours at the 1968 Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival this weekend. Starting Point BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) This town will be the Northeastern starting point for the Poor People's March on Washington, D.C. , Mrs. Faith' Hornby, a spokesman for'the Maine Poor People's Campaign said the group is scheduled to meet in front of Town Hall May 8 and hold a rally before starting the trip. DOG'S LIFE Involves Theodore N. Bloomberg of Detroit, Mich., who is seen here manipulating miniatures atop a plate glass plot board. Bloomberg arranges dog shows with the aid of a computer which stores names and pertinent information on some 70,000 purebred dogs and their owners. Computer is used in.selecting owners and their does according to eeofiraDhical location, willingness to travel and breed of dog. NEWS BRIEFS OLYMPIA, Wash. AP) There's been concern about the mutilation and felling of some grounds. A daily Olympian reporter-photographer team finally found the culprit hiding under a big cedar free.- It was,a beaver. OTIS, Kan.: AP) 4 the U.S. Bureau of Mines' helium plant In Otis lias been closed by the government as an; 1 economy move. The plant superintendent) J. L. Asbill, said there is more helium being produced than there is a demand for. ,LOS'ANGELES AP) - Computers can free professors and save higher education from .becoming impersonal rather than making it more so, an educator "Far from enslaving the student and professor, modern teaching tools and techniques can liberate them from the rigid compulsions of conventional instruction," Alvin C. Eurich told the seventh annual California Teachers Association. Eurich is president of the Academy Educational Development New York. for Remember Pay Your Paper Boy Windy Meeting ST. LOUIS (AP) - Officials said St. Louis County Demo-j cvats found much 'to talk -about in a weekend meeting to pick delegates for the party's state convention. The meeting started in a hotel ballroom but the party members overstayed their al- loted time and were forced to conclude their business on a nearby parking lot. STRAWBERRIES By The Crato Or Pkk Your Own South of Blytheville Fields Located 9 Miles on Hwy. 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