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#1 posted 10-28-2017 01:43 PM

Interestingly enough, I wear a back brace most of the time. When I go to a BORG and walk the isles looking for hard ware or a decent piece of pine or something invariably someone comes up to me and asks me a question. Such as; “What’s the best size wire to do this job” they have this blank look on their face and I can see a vision of their house burning down. I say ” why are you asking me”. They look at me with disdain an say ” ‘cuz you work here”
I then tell them that I don’t they then say “Well you wear a back brace so we thought…” I tell them I wear a back brace because My driver ran over an IED in the Gulf war and knocked me on my butt. They then apologize and some thank me for my service. On this occasion I asked them more about their project. Come to find out they were going to tie into a junction that was fed by a 15amp wire and come out with a 20 amp wire to run an extra heater in the laundry room/ breezeway. After a brief lesson in basic electricity and explaining how dangerous that modification they were going to do was going to be they decided to call an electrician to look at doing the job. They also vowed not to listen to her brother any more when it came to electricity. I asked them if they had ask any one with a back brace and a Blue vest for help. They said yes, but the first one said He was on break and the second one said she only worked in paint. I still get flagged down in BORG ’s when I wear my brace I don’t mind to much unless I’m real busy. The employees are a crap shoot if you get one that knows something about what you want.

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