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June 13, 1985     The Ponchatoula Times
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ENTER TAINMEt., T i THE PONCHATOULA TIMES. JUNE 13, 1985o PAGE ELEVEN THE BOTTOM LINE- I I L @ J Bingo! Lions Frank Kraemer Quigley prepare slacks of cards used by the huge first- crowd that turned out to attend newest local BINGO, sponsored Wednesday evening at the Pen- Auction Company building by ula Lions Club. Over 480 the f games, and more expected this week and during gallrs. (Times Photo) art exhibit Gallery welcomes Dr. Bar- Walker, featured artist for the of June. The Gallery is located floor of the Main Office of Guaranty Bank at 400 East The- in historic downtown Ham- It is open to the public during banking hours from 9 a.m. to .a. Monday through Thursday, and ,-6 p.m. on Friday. It May Concern: lly enjoyed the article "April written by Barbara Dragg in the 30, edition. She certainly makes interesting to read. It's as if you it and it's happening to you It's You are there, l'd like to read more articles in the future. The paper consider a monthly or weekly :h articles as she writes. Truly Yours. Mona Lisa Heider of Ponchatoula How to battle shifty s] afters By W.F. "BILL" CHAPMAN Did you know that a shaft that is a shift can give one the shaft when shiftily handled? Let's start at the beginning. Like so many other couples, we just went through that trying period in life that has to do with getting a "so-called good used car." (It is now my personal belief that no such thing exists.) After shopping around a bit, a fine looking four year old was selected; a price was settled on; and the deal was then con- summated. Part of the deal did consist of our buying the vehicle "as is" but with a 12,000 mile or 12 month (what- ever comes first) warranty. The vehicle was a manual transmission model with the gear shift (later used in an attempt to try to shaft its new owners) on the floor. How long did this vehicle's shift sur- vive? It didn't survive a week: it didn't survive a day! No sooner had we arrived back at our modest home and turned the vehicle over to the college-bound young man who had saved his money to purchase it for a private spin around the neighborhood, than he pushed in on the gear shift to put it in reverse and the entire gear shift gave him the shaft and swiftly sank through the floor. That's right: the shift's support structure slipped. One could actually stand out- side of the automobile and look under- neath to see the shift swaying somberly. "No worry," said 1, "We have a war- ranty." Foolish person! We called the toll-free number sup- plied on the warranty that had cost al- most $500. The "gentleman" with whom we talked shifted the blame back ,-,n the auto dealer who wanted to shift blame and cost to us. We were getting" the shaft from the shifty ways of the company that carried the warranty and the dealer who sold the car. The decision was made to do battle the next day!We drove the vehicle-with suspended shift swaying when not sup- ported by our own firm grip holding it up so as to let it drag the streets, to the dealer from whom we had purchased the car less than 24 hours previously. We knew that we were approaching hostile territory, because we had al- ready told the warranty interpreter on the other end of that toll-free number that we felt we were getting the shaft from shifty interpretation of the warran- ty. Trouble immediately began when we discovered that Tuesday was supposed- ly the day off of the salesman who had sold us the vehicle the day before. The first salesman we did see told us to go to go to the Service Department to have the shiftless shaft repaired. We obeyed, drove to the Service Department, and were told that our warranty would not go into effect for thirty days. When we pointed out the writing on the warranty that clearly stated'that it was now in ef- fect, we were then told that the warran- ty did not cover the shift and that it would be up to the used car manager to have something done. We went back to the seller who said sorry, but he also said that he would call over to the re- pair shop to straighten things out. We went back to repairs who now stated the warranty was now in effect, but that it still did not cover the shift. They fur- ther decided that they could not fix the car; it was not the same brand as those the dealership sold new. We were told the shift's repair work would have to be shifted to another dealership. We were also told to go see the dealership's gen- eral manager as both the used car man- agers had just decided to go to lunch(at the same time of 2:30 p.m.). The general manager was at first busy with a customer, so we waited. After a- bout 30 minutes, we again asked to see the elusive sales manager and were told that he had left his office and was wan- dering about somewhere. We told the secretary then on dut.y(the original had ended her shift) that we were leav- ing and could be reached at the Gover- nor's Office of Consumer Protection. We also mentioned a dirty word(at least it would seem to have appeared so by the reaction of the people at the dealer- ship): "Redhibition." The next day our suspended shift was repaired at no cost to us. Redhibition, is a fancy word for "]era- men law" in Louisiana. What it means is that no matter what a seller may say in order to get you to buy, and no matter if you buy something "as is," you still have certain rights as purchaser if a hid- den defect later appears, especially if it appears within the first three days of sale. The way the law acts is that if something goes wrong with the product or service you purchase within the first three days, the law is in the purclaaser s favor in that it presumes that the hidden defect existed at the time you purchased the item or service. Do not let anybody try and fool you or to put you off: you have a right Io have the problem cor- rected at no charge to you or to get your money back! However, you have got to be able to prove that the seller was noti- fied(or that a reasonable attempt to do so was made) within that time period. The best way to do this is to take a two- prong attack: notify the seller with a tape recorder going or via certified mail; secondly, phone the Governor's Office of Consumer Protection on their toll- free line at: 1-800-272-8478. Don't get shafted from a shifty sale! Oh, we almost forgot. We also dis- covered that the 12.000 mile or 12 month warranty we paid almost $500 for from a dealer of one of America's "big 3" auto manufacturers has hidden words read into it by adjusters and that it is not honored by all dealerships as inti- mated; on the other hand; we have also "put it in writing" to the Governor's Of- fice Of Consumer Protection at P.O Box 44091, Baton Rouge, La. 70804. SIU season tickets now available Season ticket applications for SLU's six home football games have been mailed out according to athletic director Leo Jones. "Our previous ticket holders will be the first to receive them, and will have the first opportunity to renew their locations from a year ago," Jones said. "We urge all past season ticket holders to respond as soon as possible as our applications will be reaching other prospective ticket holders in the near future," Jones added. Southeastern's six-game home schedule for 1985 includes the season opener Sept. 7 with McNeese Stale and games against Mississippi College Sept. 21; Sam Houston State Oct. 12; Northeast Louisiana Oct. 19; Nozthwestern State Nov. 16 and Nicholls State Nov, 23. How cute! (?) if the ladies at Appearances on East pageant, imagine the results a regular Pine can take this "lady" and make her customer could expect. beauUfui for a recent womanlem beauty Relief Center given $1,500 A generous K-Mart contribution raised for an employee who suffered the loss to fire of his home and all worldly possessions was welcomed with open arms by the Ponchatoula Relief Center Friday, June 7 The donation, a sum of over $1,500, was donated to the Ponchatoula charity on the reccomendation of Hammond Mayor Debbie Pope. An April fundraiser raised more money to help a K-Mart employee rebuild than the recipient needed. Therefore the monev raised to help one tamuy will help many. Relief Center workers received truck- loads of used furniture and clothing through the fundraiser in addition to the cash amount. "We are really impressed that the people went so far as to see that Poncha- toula was included in natural disaster fundraisers, as in the K-Mart drive," commeqted center spokesman "It willhe!p more than the Harem oncl fundraisers had anticipated." /J I' Quaves Furniture BUY, SELL & TR00,00DE J New-Used Furniture \\; New 3 pc. Living Room Set Sofa Sets \\; A 8425 $200-8800 \\; / Glass topped tables ! /I Homemade solid wood Bird bezel & feedere / Mon..Frl. 9-5:,30 139 W. Pine St. .,t. 9-4p.m. 386-6656 "r, \\;"I WIGGINS C I CLIN TIC ,s NOW o! at tllelr new .lOCati Suite K-M Magnolia Plaza 1007 w. 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