By Heather O.
This is a guest post by Julie
My dryer was having issues. It was taking 2 cycles on high to get anything dry, which worked out to be about 3 hours. Way too much of a hassle. So, I called and made an appointment to have somebody from a to-not-be-named retailer, but a well-known store that has a fairly good reputation, come by and check my dryer. The repair guy comes, charges me $65, and tells me I have a three-fold problem:
#1. Lint. Apparently, lint is not just in the back near the hose, but seeps down into all the crevices and can only be retrieved by removing all these magical panels.
#2. Metal tube thing length. There is a hose that goes from the back of the dryer and connects to the metal tube thing that flows to the back of the house where all that lovely hot air is pushed. The metal tube thing extends too far (it’s supposed to be a max of like 28 feet).
#3. My loads are too big.
Then after telling me all this, charging me $65 for not actually doing anything, he says, “You should really turn off the TV and read to your kids.”
I was so shocked that I didn’t know what to say. Seriously? How was I to know that the dryer guy was the SuperNanny of repairmen? I can’t quite figure it out. I am still pretty peeved about the whole thing and it happened over 2 weeks ago. Am I mad because he made a judgment about me? Is it hurtful because he was a stranger and now that I can think of 20 different witty comebacks, I can’t tell him a single one? I know there is little truth to his comments since I read to my kids a lot and the TV was on to distract them from the guy with all the cool toys on his belt. But I can’t seem to let it go. How should you respond to people who make negative comments about your parenting?