So, lately I've seen a number of posts that made me think of something I've experienced over a career that's included working on everything from lawnmowers to bulldozers, cars to 100% electric material handling units, for private companies and as a dealer tech. I know there are several of us on here that repair things daily as a job, and most all of us have dealt with repair shops in some form or another. Not limited to mechanics, but any interesting/ funny shop related story. This isn't to just gripe about bad dealers, shops, etc but things that happen that either make you laugh or scratch your head and ask "Really?"
It's kind of a long shot, but let's see where it goes.
We had a client call in one day, forks fell off of a propane forklift. Not unheard of, due to the way they attached on that particular model the lower attachments would wear down and if not checked on the maintenance they would let the fork assembly come off. When I got there, I found the forklift sitting in the building with no forks and a couple of destroyed hydraulic lines about like I'd expected. I tracked down the customer and asked where the forks were. "Outside, stuck in dock door 7"
Well, that's new. I went outside and sure enough, there was a set of forks sticking out of the dockplate. The customer had been loading a truck with Forklift A, and it got stuck in the trailer. They backed Forklift B into the trailer to push it forward and get unstuck. Forklift B was then facing toward the dockplate, and when the operator started out of the trailer he had the forks sitting on the floor at just the right angle. They went under the lip of the dock plate, right between the supports, and wedges under the plate and over the 2" diameter hinge pin. That stuck the forklift, so they got a chain and used Forklift A (which was still in the nose of the trailer) to try and pull Forklift B out. It didn't work, they just ripped the forks off of unit B. They moved the trailer to another door and drove both units out, leaving the fork assembly hanging in the dock.
I went to the office and got the semi with a 20 ton winch on the Landoll. When I returned to the customer, the dock plate service guy had arrived as well. We used the bed of the trailer to keep from pulling the dock plate straight out of the building, then hooked the winch to the fork assembly. The trailer didn't have a pressure gauge for the winch, but it loaded down as hard as I ever heard it. The engine on the truck started lugging down at high idle, and I squatted down below the trailer deck height. Something was about to let go, and I didn't want to be in the way if it went sideways. The fork assembly finally snapped free and shot 20' across the bed of the trailer. Yup, it was stuck. A new set of hooks with a couple of new hydraulic lines, good as new. Can't say the same for the dockplate, when I left the service tech was explaining something about a bent pivot frame and complete replacement.