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Monday, December 14, 2009

Fridge Repairman Goes Bad -- Allegedly Tries to Shake Down Merchant, Pilfers Merchandise

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 5:30 AM

Where have you gone, Gordon Jump?
  • Where have you gone, Gordon Jump?
If only every appliance maintenance professional was as beneficent as the Maytag repairman.

A merchant in the 4700 block of Mission last week reported to police that his store was visited by one devious refrigerator repairman. The repairman allegedly quoted an astronomical price to the merchant, who turned him down. At that point, the irate repairman demanded $50 -- an odd thing to do, considering this was supposedly a "free estimate."

When that offer was also turned down, the merchant claims the repairman stole his stapler and price gun and walked off.

The horror! The horror!
  • The horror! The horror!
The police declined to release the identity of the aggrieved merchant. We called just about every retail location on the 4700 block of Mission -- we even had a bilingual colleague make some calls in Spanish -- but didn't turn up the wronged shopkeeper.

The fridge repairman is on the loose -- and armed with a price gun.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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