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Jiffy Lube scam

与旅游无关, 班上同事传来一段关于Jiffy Lube scam的电视频连接, 是加州一个电视台偷拍的Jiffy Lube如何欺骗顾客做生意的丑闻, 里面的store manager 和district manager被记者抓个正着后如何抵赖的丑态, 让我想起我去年圣诞节前遭遇的Jiffy Lube更恶劣的一面.

自己在LifeTips.Us 网站中提到了事情的来由:

常常听到颇有幽默感的一句话:“人生又完整了一把”。没料到, 鸡年的岁末我自己的人生也完整了N回。家中两辆车先后出事,先是一辆车是被Jiffy Lube换油弄坏了发动机(engine), 而经理态度奇恶,目前正准备上法庭讨回公道。后来另一辆车又卷入事故,和保险公司打交道又熟练了好多。虽然平静的生活被打翻了节奏,但总结出的一点是遇到事情还是要沉住气,慢慢解决,不管结果如何,坚持就是一种历练,而逃避则是最坏的一种选择了。

Jiffy Lube换油疏漏竟然将整个engine弄成完全报废, 这是发生在当天换油之后两个多小时的故事. 之后可气的事情接二连三, 先是第二次开过去的时候明明车子已经有问题了他们却采用欺骗的手段遮掩他们的错误, 并且告诉我家LD换油没有问题. 之后车子再次发动后不久完全死火在他们的停车场里, 才幸好避免了行驶在路上可能发生的大事故. 之后和他们的store manager 和district manager当面打交道, 让我真正领会到老美的axxhole定义, 如此垃圾的人竟然能成为部门经理, 相比之下, 电视记者遇到的和我遇到的相比, 简直是小巫见大巫.

之后我立即收集所有证据, 无论是修engine dealer的, 还是extend warantee的, 都证据确凿地指出是换油造成的问题, 可以和Jiffy Lube总部客服打交道也好, 和具体的store打交道也好, 都是一味推诿抵赖, 最后只好通过律师解决, 经过多次反复, 直到真正把案子递上法庭, 他们才最后答应完全赔偿, 真有些不见棺材不落泪的味道.

人生又完整了一把, 得来的经验也好, 教训也吧, 说两点:

1. 看似简单的小事能把真正的大事搞砸. 之后我再也不敢对换油掉以轻心了. 换完之后无论如何要查一遍, 成了必做的事.

2. 在老美, 如果事情预测无法自己解决, 将来要打官司的时候, 一定要一开始就注意证据的收集, 因为即使真正上了法庭, 也是完全靠证据说话的. 当然, 打官司的代价, 包括金钱和时间, 都是要有心理准备的.

如果你读了我以上的故事, 认为是孤立小概率事件, 不妨看看这些网站:

Jiffy Lube sucks
What’s Wrong At Jiffy Lube
Jiffy Lube Customer Experiences

一句话总结: Jiffy Lube Sucks!

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“我不在乎去哪儿, 只要能买到便宜机票”

“我不在乎去哪儿, 只要能买到便宜机票”, 象这样行程安排超级灵活的朋友, 什么样的机票搜索网站可以帮到他/她呢?

首先推荐的是FareCompare, 它家推出的Destination Deal Maps 只需你输入出发地, 它就会根据全球不同的目的地帮你列出最近的airfare deal, Google 地图显示, 非常简明. 更强的是它还提供RSS服务, 所以你只要订阅它的RSS, 你就很轻松地掌握你关心的deal了. 强力推荐.

这类应用其实较早的是Travelocity’s Dream Maps, 很类似, 只不过网页使用的方便程度不如FareCompare, 缺少很多web2.0有用的东西.

更另类一些的是Mobissimo推出的activity search,它根据你出优的主题, 比如beach, ski等等, 或者出游的目的地, 帮你搜索相关的deal, 不过是否真正使用还有待于大家反馈.

其它找寻deal 的方法是自己跟踪一些旅游deal网站, 这方面可以完全参考我们推荐的Travel Deals Superlink.

当然要记住的一点是以上网站只是帮助你提供机票参考信息, 谈到具体如何订到机票, 还是要利用我们多次推荐的ITA + 航空公司网站订票方法, 其实ITA本身就有非常方便的弹性时间搜索, 读过我门如何查询购买北美机票系列文章的朋友应该都有体会. 另外就是上面网站中看到的价格很有可能是税前的, 所以看到便宜的不要高兴太早, 因为目前航空税和燃油费的杂七杂八加起来, 会比你看到的价格涨很多.

最后一句就是自助游, 其实机票只是预算的一部分, 其它住宿和租车等也要综合考虑才好. 不过关于这方面, 多参考我们精心准备的TravelSuperLink网站, 你一定会有收获的.

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坐飞机不再是一件好玩的事儿

外出旅游, 坐飞机的情况居多. 然而911, 和最近英国的预谋恐怖事件, 都是针对航空飞行策划的, 从而飞行安检越来越严. 在这样一个世界里, 其实检和不检, 我并没有感觉有更安全, 因为如果是”职业的”, 机场的漏洞总是会被更早发现的, Fox 24的系列电视剧说的就是这类吧. 然而对于普通乘客, 带来的不方便是的的确确的, 然而你能做什么呢? 坐飞机不再是一件好玩的事儿. 想起前几天英国的预谋恐怖事件后安检加强后采访一个女乘客, 问问感想, 她说迟早大家都得脱光光上飞机… 不过她无所尉.

今天看到的一个真实故事, 来自如下新闻:

iPod prompts airport scare in Ottawa

A suspicious package found in an aircraft washroom on a flight from Chicago on Tuesday afternoon brought out Ottawa police canine and bomb-disposal units.

A member of the crew found the package about 4 p.m.

The plane landed safely and was isolated away from the terminal.

Passengers were taken off the plane and questioned by police while experts investigated the ‘package.’

The airport was not closed during the three-hour incident.

Police issued a statement Tuesday evening saying the suspicious package ‘has been identified as an electronic device commonly known as an iPod.’ ”

你可能没觉得有什么, 不过对照当事人的亲自述说, 他如何从一个上厕所不小心把ipod掉到马桶里的倒霉鬼变成了疑似恐怖分子, 这个故事真的让我觉得, 能少坐飞机就少坐吧. 对了, ipod现在还让带上飞机吗?

想试一试你对自制炸弹的警觉性? 不妨看看这个Bomb Or Not网站测试一下.

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机票价格的参考和预测

买机票, 特别那些不是很熟悉的航线的机票, 往往查出来的价钱你也不知道是不是已经够便宜. 对于一天三变的机票价格, 是等等看看? 还是赶快订下来以免价钱涨上去, 往往很难决定. 你有没有想过如果有网站把过去机票价格列出来, 就象股票图表似的,有个参考, 然后对未来价格趋势还能给个预测, 就太好了?

终于这样的网站出现了, Farecast在线推出了它的Beta版, 而且它的网页风格非常简明, 最大的特点当然是它独有的机票趋势预测和历史价格的参考显示了. 正如它主页上红红绿绿的箭头一样, 你的每段机票搜索都会有个Fare Prediction的提示, 告诉你在未来七天时间里, 机票可能的走势和它预测的信心度, 加上过往机票价格的Fare History, 完全是我想要的信息. 真是超棒.

看看它网站的介绍, 原来背后的技术是University of Washington多年的研究成果, state-of-the-art data-mining and predictive technologies (数据挖掘和预测技术), 当然因为网站刚推出, Beta版还有些局限, 主要是只限于往返美国国内机票, 55个机场. 不过我担心的是它的数据来源, 是否是来自于实时的GDS系统. 当然, 你可以利用Farecast和其它的机票搜索网站同时使用, 一定会帮你找到理想的机票.

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