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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, November 6, LETHBRIDot HtRALu 36 Consumers beware by LYNNE GORDON Check repairmen's honesty This is the season when you are desperate to get your televi- n back in a hurry, if it goes on the blink. This can get you into uble if you don't take the time to check out the reputation of serviceman you choose. Fraudulent television repairmen may be in a small lority, but there are still some things out of focus in the iiness. Your chances today of getting an honest repair job n't exactly glittering, out they ARE improving. Once you know what questions to ask, your chances of ting ripped-off will decrease: do you know how to avoid bill Iding? Do you know when you should let your set out of your ne? Do you even know where to go for help if you feel you've cheated? Watch out for the flier or ad that touts an unbelievably low vice call. These fliers usually pepper the low income areas 2n business is slow, emerging like blackflies and mosquitos ,he summertime. This gimmick is used as a door opener, a way to get a man your home. But watch out, what this guy loses on the ser- e call, he usually makes up by bill padding or charging you tubes he never changed. If your job didn't bring in enough money, there are a few old the fly-by-night repairman will use. One of them is to nt a NEW fault in your set in the hopes it will show up in a rt time and you'll call him back for some more work. One trick is to drop a piece of solder down inside one of the nd transformers. A few days later, the sound is distorted and ds to be fixed. Another trick is to take a heavy black lead pencil with bon and draw a line between two high voltage terminal its. This gradually joins the two points and causes a short uiit. This brings another call from an irate customer and ther service charge plus labor costs. In the past, one of the big rip-offs was to take the set to the p without ever attempting to fix it in your home. At that time, 80 per cent of the sets could be fixed without trouble, right on your own premises. But times have changed in this area with new advances. ny of us have hybrid sets half with plug-in tubes, the other with wired in transistors. Trouble shooting in the home omes more difficult But you still should be cautious about turning over your set. ce sure the man sent to check your problem isn't just a pick- joy The experienced repairman should be able to remove back panel and give you some idea of the work to be done i, above all, be sure you make him give you a receipt "No work to be done until I am informed of the cost DU don't have it in writing, you won't have a leg to stand on if company goes ahead with expensive work you don't want. Sometimes, in spite of the written orders, he may go ahead i the work, banking on the fact you'll be too embarrassed to iplain. It does take a lot of guts to tell him you don't intend to and have him undo his work. If you decide to have the set repaired, insist on an itemized listing everything done to the set. Then ask for your old .s they are yours so you can check these parts against invoice to make sure there is no bill padding. There have i cases where consumers have been charged for a new pic- tube when actually all that was done was to patch up the old This is a case for the fraud squad. An experienced eye can ct the dust build-up around an old tube and usually nail the ler. Be sure the receipt has the name, number and address of shop. Check it out before the set leaves your home. In some the shop never existed and the man is long gone with your while you keep trying a phony number. There is no doubt the industry is trying to clean up their own ;e with many television service associations coming to life ver the country. Repairmen, dealers and manufacturers feel that it's time >uck passing stopped and consumers be told honestly the lems in the industry. Consumers should be told about the jxpectancy of the set they are buying and how much they expect to pay in repairs. There is no doubt that buying a p set doesn't allow the dealer enough profit for servicing. Consumers should always check their warranty and unders- their coverage. The warranty usually covers parts, not And it's pro-rated. Parts are extra if they are not covered ie warranty. fou may pay about for a typical service call. If the oes to the shop for any extensive repairs, you can expect bill to run at least for labor alone. If you have any ilaints. find the local television service association in your and ask for mediation. They are very strict with their own bers. jid don't forget to notify the fraud squad if you feel .ed. Remember, keep your eyes on your television repairs at's one picture that shouldn't be blurred. Copyright 1974, Toronto Sun Syndicate Camm's the home of famous JOU Shoes for Women This lovely new Joyce style ts ava.Iable in black calf Many other Joyce styles to choose 1rom This lovely dressy sling is avail- able in biacti can with blacfc patent trim Featuring the new heel looV. on the Way] Be prepared! 8" and 14" YCE SNOWBOOTS As shown here m derk brown ALSO: NYLON 4OWBELLES by KAUFMAN act- or brcwi snri suefle boots Full JUST ARRIVED] rS BASKETMASTERS (Ma ol 6rm or 7.95 Open Until 8 p.m. Camm's Shoes Local kidney branch formed A local branch of the Kidney Foundation of Canada was formed at a recent promotional meeting, sponsored by the Dr. F. H. Mewburn OBE Chapter, IODE. Elected president of the Lethbridge chapter is Don Kirk. Other members of the ex- ecutive include Ron Viney, vice president; Norman Robison, treasurer; and Mrs. C. M. Cranstoun, secretary. Appointed to the board of directors were Dr A. G. Livingstone and Dr Ian Wright. Guest speakers at the meeting were Ben Vanden Brink of Ed- monton, provincial president of the foun- dation, and Judge G. V. Sinclair of Calgary, member of the national board of directors. Anyone interested in joining the chapter may contact any of the of- ficers. Foot odor CM f I- absorbed WEST PALM BEACH (AP) Two Florida podiatrists re- port that foot odor can be ab- sorbed for the first time by a recently marketed product that is the first to use .a cushioned insole featuring latex impregnated with billions of particles of ac- tivated charcoal. Dr. R. J. Prochaska and Dr. P. W. Rausch, who co- ordinated clinical tests, said the cushioned insole "effec- tively removed the causes of the condition, rather than 'covering' the odor cos- metically, or acting as a tem- porary bacteria 'stopper.'" Dr. Herbert Lapidus, direc- tor of research and develop- ment for a foot-care products manufacturer, said the char- coal particles possess a huge capacity to pick up and trap odors while the latex absorbs perspiration. He noted that the charcoal particles are "hungry" to bond chemically with the odor molecules, thereby providing a unique odor-eating system. 403 -5 Streets. Car modified to suit polio victim WINNIPEG (CP) The modification of a 1974 model car has enabled a severely handicapped 27 year old Winnipeg teacher to achieve a measure of independence in her daily living. With the aid of a grant from a locai organization, Ruth Wiebe, the victim of a 1953 polio epidemic which rendered her arms virtually useless, was able to install a variety of equipment in her car to allow operation without the use of hands. The adaptions include a photo electric cell mounted on the dashboard to switch on headlights automatically when daylight diminishes, a sensor on the hood to operate a transistorized dimmer switch for highway driving and a special steering plate mounted on the right hand side of the driving column. Ignition is accomplished by a foot operated starter switch near the gas pedal. Because she has limited use of her left band, controls for turn signals, horn and windshield wipers are im- planted on the arm rest of the door. Designed by the Health Sciences Centre, Miss Wiebe's car was modelled on one constructed by a handicapped man's father last summer. After seeing it. Miss Wiebe was convinced she was capable of operating a similar vehicle. After obtaining her driver's licence. Miss Wiebe took im- mediate advantage of her newly discovered abilities FLOUR ROBIN HOOD 2Oi2 MINCE MEAT NABOB 44 OZ. 59 1 99 PIE CRUST BETTY CROCKER 18 oz. KRAFT DINNER TUNA CLOVER LEAF Solid light. 6 oz. EGG NOODLES CATELLI Broad. 12 oz. pkg. PREM 7Rc HOT CHOCOLATE 141 LUNCHEON MEAT f FRY CADBURY. 2 Ib. tin............................... SALAD DRESSING QRC SPECIAL K 070 WESTERN FAMILY. 32 oz............................WW CEREAL.Hoz..................................... Uf COFFEE 169 HANOI WIPES 129 NABOB INSTANT. 10 oz............................... COOKIES flQC FRENCH FRIES fiQc DARES PEANUT CHIP. 16 WW CARNATION. Frozen Zlb.pkg..................... WW MARMALADE NABOB. 3 fruit, 24 oz. tin GROUND BEEF SHOULDER ib. Freshly ground, Ib PORK STEAK SHOULDER PORK RIBLETS For SWEET and SOUR BABY BEEF LIVER SLICED CHEESE For SWEET and SOUR ib. GLENWOOD California Choice 113's, 1 dozen ORANGES California Choice Val APPLES B.C. Fancy Macs or R LETTUCE B.C. Fancy Macs or Red Delicious, 4 Ib. cello bag California crisp 0reen heads, Canada No. 1 89' 2i79< SAUSAGE ROLLS 2 o 33' Assorted Coffee Cakes MAPLE WALNUT CAKE 1.29 We Reserve The Right To Limit Quantities ;