OT - too long, not approprite - don't care

Pat Temmerman ptemmer at gmail.com
Mon Jun 8 09:59:13 EDT 2020

!!!! Long down mentaily alert!!!

A bit of an off-topic photo industry ditty (off-topic, not Pentax). Just 
one of those random recalls of the past. Through the 80s/90s I worked 
for a Japanese marketing company that supplied various brands of camera 
equipment (later expanded to audio/TV – different stories) For retail 
sales on US military bases globally. If any of you bought your first 
equipment somewhere on a Army, Air Force, Navy base in Asia or Europe in 
was supplied by my crowd or 1 or 2 others. This was a serious, 
well-established industry. Tokyo HQ, fully staffed sales orgs in 
Okinawa, Philippines, Viet Nam, and Europe. I was a Europe guy.

Anyway, early/mid 80s our primary product line was Minolta – just 
nipping the heels for #1 position from Canon. We sponsored in-store 
displays, active sales, special sales and occasional free camera 
cleaning clinics. (We got great tech from Minolta Germany even though 
our business was totally outside their business loop). Three – four 
times a year they'd send a Japanese factory tech out that I would haul 
around for a week our so to the bigger US bases like Frankfurt, 
Stuttgart, Nuernberg, Kaiserslautern.

Saturday morning, Stuttgart. (Stuttgart was always Saturday morning...) 
Guy brings in his 101. Disgruntled. I looked at it at it felt, well ….. 
sticky. Asked if something had perhaps, spilt. Nope. No spills. Wants a 
completed refund on a 6 month old kit – lenses, filters, et al.

Over to the tech to have a look. Have you ever seen one of these factory 
guys take a camera apart? Screw driver in each hand and – buzz – piles 
of parts about 30 seconds later. Everything separated and organized. 
Every screw in an exact place to be reinserted. Bare bones. Film advance 
lever, rewind mechanism, base cap, top gone, top most circuit board 
laying exposed to the elements. Slight sticky-looking gleam on the 
board. Tech finally looks up at the horrified GI – he couldn't believe 
the full-out assault on his camera! - and simply said 'Coke?'

Mr. horrified GI really cut loose – lawsuits! damnation! second invasion 
of Japan! and refundrefundrefund!

Never taking his eyes of the customer, the tech picked up the 101 and 
gave it a long, slow, clean lick from one end of the circuit board to 
the other and simply said 'orange juice'.

Tech produced a plastic bag, swept all the camera components and debris 
into it, handed back to the GI saying, 'warranty cancel'.

Back to lock down mentality. Notified today we still have 10 days to go.....

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