Yesterday, a piece I wrote upset a few people. Turns out, if you call something a “scam,” it tends to bother people who make their living by doing that thing. And, there are some people who just don’t like that word: scam.

So, on the topic of brake shops telling you they can force you to buy a brake job - more than 750 900 people commented the last time I looked. F-bombs flew and ass-hattery was called, presumably by guys who run brake shops. A good number of people argued that this never happens and has never happened. Another group chimed in to tell how it happened to them. I wanted to introduce these last two groups to each other to see what would happen. Would they cancel, explode or damage the fabric of space-time?


And one guy got bent out of shape by my use of the word “scam.” Whenever I use it, he recalls one piece I wrote on Curbstoning and insists I have misused the word. Kind of weird but the internet has no barrier to entry. He does insist, like a good super-villain, that he will figuratively dance upon my grave. And, he calls my lone article a “crusade.” A true super-genius.

Anyway, I recorded a podcast on the topic of Auto Repair SCAMS, primarily because I thought it would be fun to use the word Scam in a sentence today. So, here is this week’s episode.

And, since my video podcasts only started recently, there is a whole plethora of topics I podcasted which are not on video. So, I went back and did a video on Lemon Law. This week, you have a choice: The podcast above (new topic) or a classic topic on video.

Or, be daring: Do them both. And learn about scams in two different arenas.

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Steve Lehto has been practicing law for 23 years, almost exclusively in consumer protection and Michigan lemon law. He wrote The Lemon Law Bible and Chrysler’s Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Coolest Creation.


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