An American mechanic has used his TikTok account to urge people to stop asking their mechanic friends to work for free.
Chris, aka @dieseltechchris, was responding to a question from a fellow TikToker who asked if mechanics are the only people who are expected to work for free when one of their friends needs help.
Chris said: “I don’t think that mechanics are the only trade that get it; I think all trades probably get it and all trades are taken for granted.
“But I do think that mechanic trade is the number one trade. That is the number one taken for granted and overlooked. Naturally, I might be biased being a mechanic myself, however, I feel like I probably have some good insight as to why.”
Chris continued: “I have friends that are in other businesses, as well. I have plumber friends, electrician friends, even auto body friends.
“Any time I need a favour, I don’t just assume that they’re gonna do this, especially for free. Lot of times if I need a favour I’ll reach out and I’ll ask, ‘hey when you have some time would you be able to help me and I’m glad and happy to pay you for your time.‘”
He added: “But mechanics are absolutely taken for granted, every day of the week, all hours of every day. For some reason there’s this misconception that because we’re mechanics we’re just supposed to answer your questions any time.
“We’re supposed to have all the answers to your questions and we’re not supposed to charge for it, either because it should just be free, right? We should just give that info.
“Any time a friend goes on a test drive – or even a family member for that matter – they go test drive a vehicle, they wanna call you up. ‘You know, hey man, I’m out test driving this vehicle what do you think about them? Hey man, I’m out test driving this vehicle, I heard this about these what do you think?‘ It’s every time.“
Source: Daily Dot