- Joined Nov 29, 2011
Who's presuming that nobody else should be allowed to fix it?It is really offensive that so many individuals presume that if they can't fix something, than it is not worth fixing, and worse yet, that nobody else should be allowed to fix it.
My comments were referencing my own experiences. "Your results may differ."Who's presuming that nobody else should be allowed to fix it?
At worst the previous owner presumed that if they couldn't fix it than either nobody else COULD fix it or that nobody else would WANT to fix it. But it may well not even presume that much; I've donated appliances to charitable organizations by setting them out by the curb and arranging with them to come pick them up. I certainly don't see any indication that they felt that nobody else should be ALLOWED to fix it.
Ah, I thought you were commenting on the specifics implied by this case.My comments were referencing my own experiences. "Your results may differ."
This is, sadly, not an unreasonable position for a company to take. As they noted, it wasn't even enough to have it hauled off as scrap, but they actually needed to destroy it to protect themselves.Manager I worked for decided we needed a new drill press(floor type). Bought a new one and ordered store person to destroy the old one(still quite usable) cos didn't want co. to get sued if they gave it away.Same with a band saw. But had no problem when company shut down selling stuff via auction. And they threw away thousands of dollars worth of stuff also.
Even if the compressor had been an oil-free compressor (which my dad's company most certainly did make and sell), the notion that the original manufacturer of decades-old equipment is somehow liable for the safety and performance of a unit that had been relegated to a scrapyard is even more absurd. But then the aviation industry routinely sees (and loses) suits over "design defects" in nearly century-old airplanes because they had features that were standard at the time but are not any longer (such as low forward visibility due to being a tail dragger). My dad's company was lucky in only one regard on this one. The pump on the compressor was a Quincy (which, at the time, was owned by Colt Industries) and they stepped up after the verdict against my dad's company and got the suit brought under their umbrella (I don't know the legal process by which they did that, but essentially they indemnified my dad's company somehow) and took over the appeals case. The verdict was thankfully thrown out on appeal.The sad tale about the air compressor once again proves that "You Can't Fix Stupid" is certainly correct. And it MUST have been a stupid, and illiterate, jury to believe that any compressor not labeled as oil free would be oil free. Not to mention that all breathing air needs to be filtered with an oil-removing filter.
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