Man At Autoshop Says He Doesn’t Want A “chick” Working On His Car

Posted by in Fails On 14th August 2021
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Redditor shared a story of how she was the only licensed mechanic on the site of an auto-repair shop when a customer came in refusing to let a ‘chick’ work on his car.

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The story was first shared on Reddit by user @UnlimitedPatience who was the only female worker at an auto repair shop.

She said misogyny in the workplace was not something new to her.

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“I would occasionally have issues with male customers— they would second guess my diagnoses, watch me while I worked on their cars from the bay door, double-check my work in the parking lot, etc.”

This time, however, the auto repair shop was overrun and didn’t have enough people to service everyone that came in.

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One customer at the shop was in for a 10-minute job that OP was given to handle.

“The service advisor left a work order and keys at the parts counter, and I went out the front through service to get the car. It was in for a service campaign, which was an update done with a scan tool. It takes about 10 minutes.”

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When the customer saw OP, a woman, with the keys to his car, he was alarmed.

“The customer was planning on waiting and was sitting in service. When he saw me with his keys in my hand, he immediately stood up, alarmed. I was hustling so I walked right by him and out the door. I missed the following conversation, according to the service advisor (also female):

Customer: “Who is that chick? Is she going to be working on my car? I don’t want her working on my car.”

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When the advisor told him that he would have to wait for a male assistant, he said he would be happy to wait for a man to come along.

“Half an hour passes. The apprentice is still away, and I am happily working on something else, bringing other cars in and out. The customer is now watching each and every person who comes through the door.”

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After waiting for an hour he finally snapped, “At this point he says that he literally doesn’t care who does the recall, but that it has to be a guy.

The service advisor starts listing off the names of the men who work in the dealership, then saying why they can’t perform the recall.

“Well there’s Harmon, but he’s just the car jockey. He doesn’t know how to work on cars. Then there’s Jeet, but he’s about 17. I wouldn’t want him doing the recall, personally. I guess we could ask Mike— but Mike is the parts guy— he doesn’t know how to use the scan tool. The detailers are men, but they know NOTHING about cars… ”

The customer is fuming at this point, and demands to talk to the service manager.”

When the manager comes out he leads the customer right back to OP letting him know that she was the best technician on site and that she was the one that ordered the others.

“That’s my best technician. Those guys take orders from her. You can either wait for her to finish what she’s working on, and then you can ask if she’s still willing to do your work, or you can take your car somewhere else.”

The guy was pretty shook up at this point and he took his car and left, two hours after he’d first arrived. I don’t think we ever saw him again, which was not much of a loss, all things considered.”

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One commenter stated the obvious that the guy himself didn't know anything about cars.

"HE can't fix his car, how the hell can he determine who can? Don't pay an expert and try and second guess them."

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This commenter said that this sort of bigoted thinking was what set us back in the first place. 

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