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MOST of us have received phone calls from would-be scammers who claim they are from a large company advising that your computer needs repairs.
The telltale signs are that the person on the end of the line usually has an overseas accent and you can tell he or she is from a foreign country.
There is a Western Australian driver who for some reason received numerous of these calls for many weeks.
He has no idea how they had obtained his contact details and indeed his mobile number which is diverted from his home phone when he is away.
Anyway this lad has delight in taking the mickey out of such scammers.
He will let them go on with their con job agreeing with them until they ask him to go to his computer so they can hack into it.
“I don’t even have a computer,” he said.
Every time they hang up.
ANY increase in fuel prices affects the road transport industry.
Numerous small fleet owners and owner-operators have expressed that view in no uncertain terms to Spy recently.
Spy heard a caravan driver have a whinge about that very subject after a big increase in early October.
He pointed out that 250 litres at $1.68 per litre cost $420 which was an increase of $13 from the previous fill up.
And some truck drivers agreed. Good to see agreement between them.
REPLACING broken truck windscreens seems to be a booming business.
It is not surprising how many windscreens get cracked or damaged considering the amount of time our trucks are on the roads.
Also the terrible roads they often travel along.
But Spy got a surprise on just the extent when a windscreen repair man came to his house to replace one on a sedan.
“I replaced four truck windscreens yesterday. One Western Star and an Iveco and two International Acco’s. It generally takes about two hours,” he said.
He reckons the company he works for averages about 20 truck windscreens a week.
But the job is hardly ever done at roadhouse parking areas.
The tradesman said when a windscreen totally smashed it was always hard to remove all the broken glass.
“We can vacuum three or four times but small glass chips will still be there,” he said.
Make sure you hang up
TWO trucking colleagues on an interstate run were having a fatigue management break when one had a yarn to another driver from the company on his mobile phone.
It was all Parish Pump comment and after about 10 minutes the caller thought he had finished the call.
Then the two lads were deep in conversation and some of the chinwag was less than complimentary about the other gent.
Trouble was the call had not been terminated and the driver who was the subject of the bagging heard the entire conversation.
Which would have ensured a fair bit of explanation when they next came face to face.
TRAVELLING ABROAD: Our spy received this photo from a truckie travelling in Scotland.