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Experience in a Lebanese-owned hardware store #276935
04/15/08 10:02 PM
04/15/08 10:02 PM

pedro2 OP
pedro2 OP
I bought a bicycle today. Had to, as the one I'd had (remarkably) for two years was stolen yesterday (along with lots of other things I've heard about, including a boat).

So I went to several shops and finally decided on SP Hardware, south of town. After some time waiting while they fitted a basket and prepped the bike I was soon back home. Then I discovered a fault with the frame that had been there from manufacture back in China, an incorrect steering component. Meant that the steering would always be loose.

Back to the shop. After I explained the fault we checked their entire stock of bicycles, and discovered several others with the same fault. Without a single word of complaint, the shop transferred the basket to a different machine and I now have a correctly working bicycle.

My point is that although under normal law the shop was bound to replace it anyway they did so totally willingly. They even asked my advice on how they could cure the faulty machines, and between us we came up with a solution. They thanked me for bringing it to their notice, and they meant it. Two thumbs up for SP Hardware.

I chatted to the young guy who prepared the new bicycle, and along the way asked him why there were so many Lebanese-owned businesses in San Pedro/Belize. The answer was simple and incontrovertible - "Would you want to live in the Lebanon with the constant fighting there is there?". And "Belize offered us a new peaceful life, and we're very grateful to be here".

Re: Experience in a Lebanese-owned hardware store [Re: ] #276948
04/16/08 01:14 AM
04/16/08 01:14 AM
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I live around the corner from SP hardware and I have been very happy with the way they do business. They have an excellent exchange policy and I never have to look for help, it is always right at my elbow.

Re: Experience in a Lebanese-owned hardware store [Re: lil'red] #276954
04/16/08 07:52 AM
04/16/08 07:52 AM
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Mine Hill NJ
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As in many shops in Belize, they have the staff follow all customers around, in case they need help. It can be annoying at first, but that is how they do business.

Re: Experience in a Lebanese-owned hardware store [Re: dabunk] #276957
04/16/08 08:17 AM
04/16/08 08:17 AM
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when people understand how good they have it -- life is much more enjoyable

thanks p2 -- I need a story like that at least once a week to keep me grounded

I will have a Belikin -- put it on klcman's tab.
Re: Experience in a Lebanese-owned hardware store [Re: Otteralum] #276973
04/16/08 10:23 AM
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travelqueen Offline
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Originally Posted by Otteralum
when people understand how good they have it -- life is much more enjoyable

So true!!

Re: Experience in a Lebanese-owned hardware store [Re: travelqueen] #276986
04/16/08 12:23 PM
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divingcowgirl Offline
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Amen Otter! Life is truly good!

Take the road less traveled
Re: Experience in a Lebanese-owned hardware store [Re: divingcowgirl] #277028
04/16/08 04:29 PM
04/16/08 04:29 PM
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Wasn't Paisano from Lebanon?

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