minor one - delivery driver oil slick

minor one - delivery driver oil slick

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OldGermanHeaps

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2,292 posts

125 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Tonight I came home to about a litre of black sludgy engine oil on the road right at the end of my driveway. I tried to clean it first with washing up liquid, then apc, then citrus degreaser.
A lot has come off but its still badly stained and still slippery. I dont fancy riding my motorbike over it, but I am working very early until very late all week so realistically its there until the weekend and I dont really fancy wasting what little family time i have this week wasting fuel going out and buying expensive cleaners and spending ages scrubbing for someone elses fkup. My cctv very clearly shows it was a courier in a ratty unliveried curtainside sprinter, got the reg clearly too, no doubt whatsoever 4k UHD WDR cameras are fking awesome.
I have emailed the company supplying the goods he dropped off very politely asking either for the couriers details or for them to contact the courier on my behalf about this, but I have a bad feeling about thier willingness to help, as it was a 1 off purchase and they haven't been stellar so far, the package is already late and still at this moment showing as order processing before dispatch on their system.
Having never been through something like this before what is the chances of them sending someone out to clean up their mess, and if I get nowhere what is my recourse?
yes its minor, but very irratating. I have to do daily vehicle checks for a reason, these guys arent exempt, they are supposed to be professional drivers.

Drumroll

1,521 posts

67 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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When one of our Van's sump went the customer who's road it went on cleaned it up then billed us. Just claimed against our insurance. (But not our vehicle insurance.) I suspect your problem will be proving it was the said vehicle, unless your CCTV is that good it actually saw the oil drop. (Just because the vehicle stopped there, doesn't actually prove it was that vehicle)

OldGermanHeaps

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2,292 posts

125 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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The van pulls up on a clean dry piece of monoblock, you can see the drips happening in glorious ultra hd then pulls away after shrek's simple cousin struggles to unload a lightweight parcel leaving a fresh large puddle.
tried uploading, but everwhere compresses the image quite badly its nowhere near as clear once its uploaded.

Edited by OldGermanHeaps on Tuesday 22 October 01:37

REALIST123

12,200 posts

100 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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You don’t have much time but you’ll waste it chasing this? Oh, well, each to their own I guess.

I’d throw some sand on it and get on with life.


OldGermanHeaps

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2,292 posts

125 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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i can easily and happily spend time on the phone making a nuisance of myself while driving between jobs.
What I dont want to do is waste a few hours of weekend on it. Is that difficult to understand?

OldGermanHeaps

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2,292 posts

125 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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it was an independant subcontractor to the courier company, the courier company are going to tell them to ceither come out and clean it, or they will pay someone to come out and clean it and charge the subcontractor for it, thats a relief, got a lot on this weekend. its stained the blocks quite badly so they will need to use something pretty strong.

p4cks

3,706 posts

146 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Won't the council do it? Might be worth an ask

REALIST123

12,200 posts

100 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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OldGermanHeaps said:
i can easily and happily spend time on the phone making a nuisance of myself while driving between jobs.
What I dont want to do is waste a few hours of weekend on it. Is that difficult to understand?
Yes, in many respects.

Can’t believe that anyone would ‘happily spend time on the phone making a nuisance of myself while driving’. Really??

Secondly, it’s a few minutes work. Throw sand on it. Leave it a few days and brush it off. Or just leave it.

SistersofPercy

1,447 posts

113 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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It's a council issue surely? Try reporting it to them.

gazza285

5,369 posts

155 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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REALIST123 said:
OldGermanHeaps said:
i can easily and happily spend time on the phone making a nuisance of myself while driving between jobs.
What I dont want to do is waste a few hours of weekend on it. Is that difficult to understand?
Yes, in many respects.

Can’t believe that anyone would ‘happily spend time on the phone making a nuisance of myself while driving’. Really??

Secondly, it’s a few minutes work. Throw sand on it. Leave it a few days and brush it off. Or just leave it.
Too right, after all it is the OP's fault for ordering the item in the first place.

Pothole

27,661 posts

229 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Cat litter will absorb it. One of your neighbours will have some, if any of them speak to you.

Pegscratch

388 posts

55 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Don't understand some of the resentment to the OP here. A couple of spots of oil is the sort of thing you get a bit annoyed about, give a spray with some light degreaser and wash down and get on with your life. If it was genuinely pissing oil then I'd be wanting them to fix it too; and I get on with my neighbours just fine. I know what the OP means about being a nuisance on the phone, a lot of people whose job involves a degree of travel get a lot of time to complain and argue tedious points with people in the car that is otherwise unproductive; a prospect that is very different to being at home, with your family and sat on the drive on your own scrubbing someone else's filth up.

Matt_E_Mulsion

278 posts

12 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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OldGermanHeaps said:
...the courier company are going to tell them to ceither come out and clean it, or they will pay someone to come out and clean it and charge the subcontractor for it...
I wouldn't hedge your bets on it. I hope that their promise is fulfilled for you, but rarely life is that plain sailing.

Durzel

7,925 posts

115 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Pothole said:
Cat litter will absorb it. One of your neighbours will have some, if any of them speak to you.
I lol’d, thanks

Monsterlime

796 posts

113 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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The OP here has fallen foul of the 1st rule of PH GG -

The OP is always at fault.

He has also contravened the 2nd rule of PH GG -

OP should be giving all of his money away because he doesn't deserve it and did not earn it fairly. Having a normal job and paying tax does not count. He also owes his neighbours reparations for just existing.

OldGermanHeaps

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2,292 posts

125 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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I get on perfectly well with all but 1 of my neighbours, and thats because their spoiled wee ste of a 10 year old son keeps punching my 7 year old daughter, until I had to have a proper word with the dad. Getting on with my neighbours is why I dont want a dirty big black oil stain on an otherwise clean and tidy street.
I will clean it myself if I have to, but its beyond cat litter it has soaked in and is really black.
brake cleaner shifted a bit, but I ran out, and brake cleaner is expensive, the size of the puddle and how much it took to clean half a block I reckon it would need 3 cans.
The courier depot is near one of my customers I am visiting next week if it isnt fixed by then I'll pop in and annoy some people.

JamesBryan88

158 posts

102 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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5L of brake cleaner is £9.71 at Euro Car Parts currently wink

OldGermanHeaps

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2,292 posts

125 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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euro car parts is about 40 minutes drive each way though but thats a good shout. I usually get it in aerosols because it always seems to melt cheap pump sprayers and i dont use it enough to pay the price of a wurth sprayer.

t400ble

1,543 posts

68 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Order online :-)

bimsb6

6,607 posts

168 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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t400ble said:
Order online :-)
Fail to see how that could go wrong .😀