Panel beater living in my campervan

ThatUniStudent 17 January 2012 66

After having my campervan in for repairs for almost a month and a half, I was alerted by it’s alarm late last night. That itself is not unusual, it has a motion sensor alarm that sends me text messages when it is set off. I get them all the time when it is on, but it was programmed to only send them outside of business hours. Anyway I got one last week near to 10pm so I drove down to the panel beaters to investigate. Sure enough the lights in the campervan were on. So I grabbed a rather large and convenient car lug wrench and went to investigate. Instead of a crook, there’s the panel beater making himself at home in the back of my campervan. I stood there wondering what to do, and after trying to yell at him he switched off the light and went to sleep. The van at the time was in a fenced yard where I could not get to it.

So the reason why there’s been no work on my van is that the panel beater is now using it as a temporary home. 🙁

So anyway I rang him and demanded he start work on the van, got the usual promises and bullcrap from him. Last night the alarm went off again so I went to investigate and there’s someone asleep in the back of the van again. They were snoring loudly and didn’t wake up even when I shook the van. I didn’t have the spare key on me so I could not force him out of it.

I’ve had enough and will go claim the van back tomorrow. But after a month and a half I’ve got a van that still needs work on the rust, that has devalued. That now has batteries that were new and are now a month and a half older. Plus I’m paying for ongoing costs like insurance etc.

I checked the ACT Fair Trading web site and found a link to the ACT Fair Trading (Motor Vehicle Repair Industry) Act 2010

http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/a/2010-16/default.asp

On page 17 of the PDF version, section 25 it states:

“Licence condition—time to carry out work
It is a condition of a licence that the licensee—
(a) complete motor vehicle repair work in a reasonable time; and”

So I figure a week would have been a reasonable time, a month and a half is not. I think it is about time this guy lost that licence. In theory I should complain to the Office of Regulatory Services, but has anyone done anything like this before? Any tips on if I am wasting my time? Any suggestions on a better solution?


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colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 3:01 pm 14 Feb 12

So, OP, what happened when you reporeted this to the police?

Grrrr Grrrr 3:25 pm 20 Jan 12

I-filed said :

sounds as though your squatter may be one of these “tourists” …

No, it doesn’t: Read comment #31 – the guy has been in business here for years.

NoImRight NoImRight 10:30 am 20 Jan 12

MWF said :

NoAddedMSG said :

I’m not hugely surprised by the story – we have painters at work doing a large commercial job over summer and found they were sleeping on the premises when we had to sort out a plumbing disaster late one night – they were very pissed off to be woken up and we were very suprised to find them sleeping there. (I’m in the accommodation industry, so plenty of spare beds.)

Let me guess, Iranian painters?

Yep them Eyeranians are famous for sleeping.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 9:59 am 20 Jan 12

far_northact said :

The phrasing used and the interesting stories of this op, suspiciously remind me of the old op ‘homeless’.

+1

I-filed I-filed 7:27 am 20 Jan 12

Apologies for not believing you That Uni Student – ABC has just run a story about there being literally hundreds of panel beaters illegally in the country & working on hail damage. Dept Immigration wants people to phone and report anything they know and said they will investigate every report – sounds as though your squatter may be one of these “tourists” …

far_northact far_northact 8:28 am 19 Jan 12

The phrasing used and the interesting stories of this op, suspiciously remind me of the old op ‘homeless’.

thatsnotme thatsnotme 11:32 pm 18 Jan 12

ThatUniStudent said :

Gee, I’m sorry mate. I didn’t realise my questions to a community forum so reminded you of your recent S&M sessions that you had to use them as the basis of your post. I’m genuinesly sorry to hear about your financial issues and the methods you describe so well and in such detail that you use to pay off your debts. Yeah, in the small town I came from people used to look after each other and discuss soloiutions to issues like yours, but this is Canberra, where people obviously don’t give a fuck, except for you, to whoever it is who’s tapping your ass.
Have a great day mate. 😉

You really don’t have much of a sense of humour, do you?

LSWCHP LSWCHP 10:31 pm 18 Jan 12

ThatUniStudent said :

LSWCHP said :

If this story is true…

Fine you skeptic, you post your contact details here or otherwise advise me how to contact you and I’ll take you there and you can ask the mechanic next door if my campervan was there since the start of December and if I was around on a regular basis bugging the panelbeater to do the work. And you can take a look at the state of the panel beater’s ‘office’ and it will be plainly clear that he occasionally sleeps in it.

I’ll expect a written apology then.

So put up or shut up. Your contact details please. Or send them via the admins if you want to.

I was in the middle of responding here when my connection died, so I’ll try again…

You’re right, I’m a skeptic and I occasionally write skeptical things in response to what I see here. If you get agitated by people doing that all I can suggest is that you try to be less sensitive. I submitted an article on the weekend that resulted in a bunch of people accusing me of being a tinfoil hat wearer. They’re quite entitled to think that. But I’m right, they’re wrong, and my life goes happily on.

And like so many others, I post on here using a pseudonym so that the more excitable members of the RA community don’t feel inclined to come around in the night and knock on my door, or poison my dog, or set my house on fire. So I won’t be supplying you with my contact details.

Henry82 Henry82 10:01 pm 18 Jan 12

i very much enjoy thatUniStudents posts. I can’t decide which one is best though, the laptop bag or this.

p1 p1 8:07 pm 18 Jan 12

babyface said :

ok guys ive done a complex text analysis on thatunistudents original post and i’ve determined that the truth of this matter is that the panel beater is actually the one true pope

Did J.Middy help you with that analysis?

ThatUniStudent ThatUniStudent 7:59 pm 18 Jan 12

Diggety said :

@ ThatUniStudent:

Every day that I am on this site, I see you whinging about something, or reminding us all you attend a magical place called “university”. Human beings, you can be sure, don’t like hearing that sort of thing.

Now that you appear to have a legitimate grievance, you’d forgive those of us not believing you.

Here is my advice:

In my experience, sometimes you need to scrape the bottom of the barrel for motivation- if that’s what it takes. Now, close your eyes and picture the mechanic in your campervan; stark naked, sweating, f@rting and greasy. Now picture him j#rking off, probably thinking about you on his vinegar stroke.

Make no mistake ThatUniStudent, he is beating it like it owes him money.

Now, if that doesn’t motivate you to rectify the situation on your own two feet, you’ve only got yourself to blame.

Don’t give him a cent, a dime, a scrap of manners, and above all, don’t give him another slumber party in your campervan.

Gee, I’m sorry mate. I didn’t realise my questions to a community forum so reminded you of your recent S&M sessions that you had to use them as the basis of your post. I’m genuinesly sorry to hear about your financial issues and the methods you describe so well and in such detail that you use to pay off your debts. Yeah, in the small town I came from people used to look after each other and discuss soloiutions to issues like yours, but this is Canberra, where people obviously don’t give a fuck, except for you, to whoever it is who’s tapping your ass.
Have a great day mate. 😉

user_unknown user_unknown 7:33 pm 18 Jan 12

Reminds me of a time I had to go into work on a weekend purely to “supervise” renovations, coz the builders decided it was okay to “steal” drinks from the fridge in the cafe next to us (which just happens to be in the same building, but not affiliated with us. I say “steal” because in their defence, they didn’t realise it was stealing and they thought they were allowed to take them… wtf?! (sarcasm – in case you’re wondering!) when would it ever be okay even if they were owned by my work?! (we only found out coz the cafe noticed, not coz the builders told us they were thirsty and took some)

Needless to say, the builders knew why I was there & were incredibly rude to me the whole 6 hours I sat there, reading a book & doing homework. The cafe ended up putting a lock on their fridge. The only reason they didn’t previously, was because they are located in a Government building, and the area the cafe in is locked to all staff over the weekend (there’s no offices in there, so no reason for govt employees to go in. Just the cafe & my work). Cleaners only came during the week, never the weekend, so there was never a need for a lock (until then…)

RiotFrog RiotFrog 5:27 pm 18 Jan 12

Diggety said :

@ ThatUniStudent:

Make no mistake ThatUniStudent, he is beating it like it owes him money.

Hahahahaha. I think that has to be the funniest thing I’ve ever read on The Riot Act. I literally laughed out loud. (I’m still chuckling). Thank you!

djk djk 4:58 pm 18 Jan 12
babyface babyface 4:18 pm 18 Jan 12

ok guys ive done a complex text analysis on thatunistudents original post and i’ve determined that the truth of this matter is that the panel beater is actually the one true pope

john87_no1 john87_no1 1:16 pm 18 Jan 12

Diggety said :

@ ThatUniStudent:

Every day that I am on this site, I see you whinging about something, or reminding us all you attend a magical place called “university”. Human beings, you can be sure, don’t like hearing that sort of thing.

Now that you appear to have a legitimate grievance, you’d forgive those of us not believing you.

Here is my advice:

In my experience, sometimes you need to scrape the bottom of the barrel for motivation- if that’s what it takes. Now, close your eyes and picture the mechanic in your campervan; stark naked, sweating, f@rting and greasy. Now picture him j#rking off, probably thinking about you on his vinegar stroke.

Make no mistake ThatUniStudent, he is beating it like it owes him money.

Now, if that doesn’t motivate you to rectify the situation on your own two feet, you’ve only got yourself to blame.

Don’t give him a cent, a dime, a scrap of manners, and above all, don’t give him another slumber party in your campervan.

Exactly my sentiment. +1

dungfungus dungfungus 12:43 pm 18 Jan 12

Sounds like he is a salami beater, not a panel beater.

Diggety Diggety 11:34 am 18 Jan 12

@ ThatUniStudent:

Every day that I am on this site, I see you whinging about something, or reminding us all you attend a magical place called “university”. Human beings, you can be sure, don’t like hearing that sort of thing.

Now that you appear to have a legitimate grievance, you’d forgive those of us not believing you.

Here is my advice:

In my experience, sometimes you need to scrape the bottom of the barrel for motivation- if that’s what it takes. Now, close your eyes and picture the mechanic in your campervan; stark naked, sweating, f@rting and greasy. Now picture him j#rking off, probably thinking about you on his vinegar stroke.

Make no mistake ThatUniStudent, he is beating it like it owes him money.

Now, if that doesn’t motivate you to rectify the situation on your own two feet, you’ve only got yourself to blame.

Don’t give him a cent, a dime, a scrap of manners, and above all, don’t give him another slumber party in your campervan.

EvanJames EvanJames 11:19 am 18 Jan 12

p1 said :

Thumper said :

The OP is just testing the waters, so to speak, for a new TV comedy.

Surely?

And with that, a mighty cheer went up from the heroes of Shelbyville. They had banished the awful lemon tree forever, because it was haunted. Now let’s all celebrate with a cool glass of turnip juice.

I don’t know what that’s in reference to, but it’s bloody funny and I’d watch a TV comedy about that.

Jamie Wheeler Jamie Wheeler 11:17 am 18 Jan 12

I’m inclined to believe this story. I remember years ago being at a large party where my mate’s brother foolishly left his RV parked in the backyard overnight. That thing did some hard rocking all night long, almost blew a leaf spring. The owner returned to find it trashed with the floor covered with used condoms. You’re probably lucky to find only fat a fat lazy panel beater snoring inside it.

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