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Speedy but not smart.

A couple of years ago, I borrowed a friend's pickup truck to save a $40 delivery charge for a pallet of sod. The nursery loaded the sod with a forklift, and I drove home congratulating myself on my money-saving brilliance. And then another great idea suddenly struck me--the easy way to unload all that heavy sod would be to back up quickly, slam on the brakes and have the pallet simply slide off the back of the truck. Pure genius! So I sped backward and slammed on the brakes, but instead of the pallet sliding all the way off, it stopped on the tailgate, collapsing it and causing a large "V" right in the middle. Two weeks and $400 of my money later, my friend had a new tailgate. I haven't asked to borrow his truck since.

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Title Annotation:GREAT GOOFS
Author:Packard, Wayne
Publication:The Family Handyman
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2011
Words:139
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