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There's saving money, and there's being tight: saving money at the expense of other people, or simply for the miserly hell of it.

Tell us about measures that go beyond simple belt tightening into the realms of Mr Scrooge.

(, Thu 23 Oct 2008, 13:58)
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The case of the falling forklift!
Just remembered this!

My cousin buys 2nd hand forklifts from China/Japan/Whereever, imports them here in Macedonia, has them completely refurbished (you'd think they're new, even after you've had a decent look) and sells them on. Pretty good work, he makes a fair bit of dosh.

Anyway, a few years ago, there was some sort of industry expo in town, and he had a bunch of forklifts on display, and what's even better, he managed to sell them all during the expo.

One of the forklifts was purchased by a guy who was apparently not comfortable with paying an extra 50 euros for having the forklift delivered to a specific location on a lorry specifically equipped for this task. No, he decided that after spending roughly 8000 euros on a ginormous forklift, spending another 50 to have it delivered was too much.

So, he finds some really, really old pickup truck and has the forklift loaded on top. For a few seconds he felt really smug. Until the suspension on one side of the truck completely collapsed, the entire truck tipped over, and the forklift quite ceremoniously fell over a car that was parked next to the truck. I can imagine that the damage to the forklift, the POS truck that he hired, and the car that the forklift fell onto was substantially more than the price of delivery.

(, Wed 29 Oct 2008, 14:23, 1 reply)
Where's youtube
when you need it?
(, Wed 29 Oct 2008, 15:00, closed)

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