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What happened to common sense?

Last weekend, an Indian couple walked into Dick Smith Powerhouse and bought a brand new Sony X Series 46″ LCD TV with the whole package attached… they also paid extra for delivery with Powersquad (our affiliated delivery and installation company). The whole package was put on GE Finance over a 24 month Interest Free contract under the wife’s name.

On Saturday, the couple came back (before the delivery was made, so the TV package was still on our dock). They insisted that they wanted to take the TV right now and then…. Okay, fair enough, refund the delivery fee and wheel the package down to their car. Rick took it down into the carpark for them, and was surprised to find that they expected to fit their brand new 46″ LCD Sony Bravia TV in a Toyota Corolla. Good luck fitting that in the boot!!

Anyway, they realised that it wasn’t going to work, so they called for a Maxi Taxi. After sitting in the carpark with their brand new TV exposed to the world for three entire hours, a taxi arrived… But it wasn’t a Maxi Taxi. It was a station wagon. And, the back seats didn’t even collapse down. That was failed attempt number two.

But wait, no… out of nowhere, a considerate couple came over and offered them to drive their TV to their home. They had a larger vehicle and the TV fit in with ease. So the Indian couple got into their Corolla and followed the other couple out of the carpark and onto the busy streets. Hold on… wait! How on earth would this considerate couple know where to drive their TV?! Now comes the sudden shock realisation that they didn’t take a name, nor a number…

And then, yes, the inevitable – they lost sight of the car infront, and their TV… and they didn’t note the number plate. They drove back to the store, and told the staff what happened. I don’t know what they were expecting we could do… It’s out of our hands now.

There are so many things wrong with this true story that I don’t know where to begin… I’m finding it hard to justify the pain I feel for them.

And the icing on the cake, because they signed a contract on GE finance, they’re stuck paying off the $3,500+ over the next two years.


14 responses

  1. Matt

    That has to be the most stupid thing i’ve ever heard somone do haha! Not only letting some stranger take their new TV…but the fact they wanted to fit it in their corrolla…ffs that couple must be as smart as fleas.

    September 15, 2008 at 9:53 am

  2. Pharaoh

    You would think one of them would have said they’d go with the couple in their car while the other leads the way LOL!!!!!!!!!

    September 15, 2008 at 10:36 pm

  3. sa

    What is zis ghaba?

    September 15, 2008 at 10:52 pm

  4. cowboy

    why didnt they shoot their arrows at the tyres to make them stop? stupid indians

    September 16, 2008 at 9:52 pm

  5. jimbo

    Thanks for telling us they were Indian mate, I wouldn’t have been able to follow the story otherwise. Oh and also – my mum has a Corolla hatch and a 50″ Plasma in the box would be no trouble – fair enough to hang shit on them if it didn’t fit into their car, but it’s not a ludicrous proposal to think a Corolla can’t carry anything.

    September 17, 2008 at 1:01 am

  6. I bet these idiots will think to rent a U-Haul next time. That’s what I did when I had to buy a new mattress and box-spring — like I’m going to fit either into the trunk of a Nissan Sentra. 🙂

    September 18, 2008 at 12:50 am

  7. What Eddie isn’t telling you that, when he was a lad, I used to fit an oversized load into his trunk. Yeah.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:27 am

  8. Luke

    jimbo my friend…your comment is unnecessary and unwelcome on this blog…the blog writer isnt saying they have no common sense because their indian it was just a mere statement of fact that they were indian….so i suggest next time you try to accuse someone of racism which is wat you are clearly doing…u take a good look at urself in the mirror…give urself an uppercut from me and back the hell off u ass clown

    September 18, 2008 at 4:18 pm

  9. lol.jimbo is down.1…2…3…4…5

    ting ting ting.

    Luke wins by way of knockout!

    September 19, 2008 at 5:01 pm

  10. jigs

    is this a kind of a joke? Indians don’t buy TV. they just make smoke in the mountain and ride wild horses. ahahaha

    September 19, 2008 at 5:28 pm

  11. Jono B

    I wish I didnt read this I’m depressed now, stupid empathy….

    September 21, 2008 at 6:58 pm

  12. pat


    September 25, 2008 at 11:00 am

  13. Sara

    Regardless of race, the couple were idiots for thinking they could take it home or trust total strangers. However, I would also like to point out that the people leaving comments don’t appear too bright either- this looks like it happened in Australia- Dick Smith being an Australian company, and GE being known here for giving very high interest rate loans, and Maxi Taxi’s being another Aussie thing as most other countries call them cabs. That would mean that the Indian couple were more likely from India- you know, that country in Asia with a billion people? Not a native American couple. So many ignorant, short sighted racist fools…

    October 6, 2008 at 11:50 am

  14. Pingback: What Happened to Common Sense? Part Two. « Methre

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