Fessing up: 7 great stories from the field
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Forum member (screen name) Cornelius did the community a favor by starting “The Official Fess Up Thread” earlier this week, which has already led to several outrageous and hilarious stories from the field.
Common themes? Car accidents, running out of gas and farm animals. Enjoy these snippets (in no particular order) from the live thread, and then go to the thread to check out more and post your own stories!
7. Throughout the day driving around knowing I needed to gas up, I put it off. Had a late appointment and figured to get gas on the way to appointment. Well, put that off too until after the appointment. Left client, got about half-mile away, no gas in tank. I forgot my wallet at home. Hoofed it back to client’s house to use phone to get buddy out of bed. Client offered to assist me but I said no thanks.
My buddy shows up, cussed me out and I drive home. When I went back to client’s house the next time, they gave it to asking if I had gas or needed gas. The wife asked for my ID to make sure I had my wallet.
6. I'd been in the business about a year. I had an 11 p.m. appointment with a farmer (after he got out of the field). Made the sale and left...it was going on 1 a.m. I got about a mile down the road and ran out of gas. I was an hour from home. This was back in 1974, so no cell phones. I walked back to his house in the dark in rural Nebraska. Lots of farmers have their own gas pump. He gave me enough gas to get home. I've kept a close eye on my gas gauge ever since.
5. Ten or eleven years ago I was on my way to an appointment when another driver blew a stop sign and hit me. His truck had some molding around the wheel well come off. My truck was totaled. After my truck was towed, the cop said, "Get in, I'll drive you home."
"But I have an appointment down the street."
Cop offered to drive me there.
"Sorry about all the stuff on the front seat, you'll have to ride in back," he says.
You know, cage, doors don't open from the inside. When we pulled into the driveway, the guy inside parts the curtains, says "Look, honey. There's a police car in the driveway."
Then the cop comes around and let's me out - it's the insurance man.
After I apologized for being late and told them about the accident, the couple sat with me, they bought two policies (must have thought if the insurance man can have an accident, what if it's me?) and then he drove me home.
Next day, I called GA to say I'd be late, had an accident on the way to the appointment. When I arrived at the office, Dave was worried about me. "Are you sure your okay?" I said yes.
"OK then, better reschedule the appointment," said Dave.
That's when I gave him the two apps and check.
They had me tell that story at the home office school a month or two later.
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