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May 2010, by Lauren Fletcher - Also by this author

Don't 'Have a Cow'

One fleet manager recalls a story heard while at a previous employer. A driver in Iowa reported an accident in which the driver hit a cow while making late-night deliveries in a company van.

His van was disabled, so he called the police to report his location, stating he had seen a few cows in the road. The police arrived at the scene and called for a tow truck. Shortly afterward, police officers and the stranded driver saw the truck headed their way in the distance.

The waiting group did not understand why the tow truck came to a stop about a half-mile from where they stood until the tow truck driver radioed the police he had hit a stray cow as well.

In the end, two tow trucks were called.

Deadly Power Windows

One fleet manager had an executive driver who did not want to choose his car. He told the fleet manager, "You get me the car, and I'll take it."
The day the vehicle was delivered, he called the fleet manager and said the power windows did not work. It turned out he was trying to use the windows with the motor off.  The next day he called again and told the fleet manager that the power windows were going to kill him - they were shooting sparks. So the fleet manager took the car back to the dealer, who could not find anything wrong with it.

When the car was returned three days later, the man was still convinced the power windows were going to kill him and never wanted to see the car again. So the fleet manager shipped the car to another location and got him another car (without power windows).

End note: The car is still running and hasn't killed anybody.

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