Garage owner sacks apprentice for taking customer’s car to Greggs

Apprentice and mechanic made stop for lunch while taking customer's car for test drive

Garage owner sacks apprentice for taking customer’s car to Greggs
The customer's car is left parked in a disabled bay while the apprentice and mechanic get their lunch.

The owner of Causeway Garage in Gateshead claims to have sacked his apprentice and issued a final warning to another employee after a customer discovered the pair had taken his car to pick up lunch from Greggs.

The owner of the Fiat Punto made the discovery while reviewing footage caught by his dashcam.

During the video, one of the technicians can be heard saying “feel the power, feel the f*****g roar” before noticing the dashcam and adding “he’s got a dashcam, he’s probably hearing everything we’re saying…he’s seeing us getting our dinner”.

The car was left in a disabled parking space while the pair went into Greggs.

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“They decided to kill two birds with one stone”

A spokesperson for the garage said: “The lads went on a test drive with the car and they decided to kill two birds with one stone and go and get their dinners.

“When I saw the dashcam footage I pulled the lads into the office and went ape with them.

“The apprentice has been sacked because of his attitude and the mechanic is on a final written warning and he is not allowed to do test drives anymore.

“I have offered to do other work for the customer and not charge him for labour, I think he is looking for something for nothing.

“We are gutted that this has happened”

“We have built this business up for many years and we are gutted that this has happened through no fault of management but down to individual staff.”

Owner of the Punto, Carl Ivers said: “It took two to do a test drive and they didn’t have their seat belts on as you could hear constant bleeping on the dashcam footage.

“They hammered over speed bumps and it appears they were speeding in a 20 mile an hour area, they didn’t even slow down when they went over the speed bumps and you can hear my car hit off them.

“They parked in the disabled bay and they didn’t have a blue badge so I could have got a fine.

“I rang the garage and went off it with them.”

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  • #191008 Reply

    What a mistake-bake

    #191009 Reply

    I Would have done the same as this manager. I might have let the apprentice stay but not if he got lippy.

    #191015 Reply

    we used to use the test drive to kill two birds with one stone to test the vehicle and pick up anything we needed. Was also a treat for the apprentice to get out the garage for 5 mins. Prob a mouthy lad which is why he got sacked. Makes me glad I’m a mobile patrol these days and can stop and get something when I like!

    #191016 Reply

    Also hate it when mechanics are referred to as such one second and then to being technicians in the same story. Americanisms. Had a dealer call me a ‘technician’ the other day and I said no mate I’m a mechanic!

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    Marcus Hamblin

    Youth is wasted on the young, sex drugs and sausages roll’s !!!.

    #191019 Reply

    Very apt punishment… and I hope the garage owner cancelled the car owners bill !

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    Brian Waite

    Feel a bit sorry for the owner of the garage now that this is hitting the national newspapers and our local media. 5 Minutes of madness to wreck his business.

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