TTAC Video of the Week: Hapless Shop Employee Does Three Stooges Routine

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

In the span of less than a minute, a repair-shop employee managed to injure the foot of a customer/coworker and then injured the poor guy again.

Videos are best watched instead of described, so go take a minute of your lunch hour and check this one out.

It's worth it for the laugh. We just hope the poor older gentleman is OK.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Jan 18, 2023

    "Oficina"? All I could think of was one of the phrases I remember from eighth grade Spanish class: "Mi duele el pie" ("My foot hurts"). Lol.

  • Arthur Dailey Arthur Dailey on Jan 18, 2023

    Working in the service department of a dealership in the late 1970's I backed a car into the service bay and as I was taught, left it in gear (yes, a manual transmission). Back in those days many (most?) cars did not require that you depress the clutch to start the car. The manager leaned into the car and cranked the key (which per instructions was left in the ignition). The car of course started and lurched forward, running over the manager's foot and breaking it.

    Being a good guy and noting that I had followed the required procedures, he took full responsibility.

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    • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Jan 18, 2023

      Ouch. My '76 Vega GT 5-speed had a clutch start switch, so you had to push the clutch pedal all the way to the floor to get the starter to engage.

  • Arthur Dailey Arthur Dailey on Jan 18, 2023

    He was in a hurry and wanted to listen to the engine. In another incident one of the technicians mounted a car incorrectly on a lift. Once it got about 5 feet in the air, it tipped and landed on another car.

  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Jan 18, 2023

    Cannot laugh, it is a tragedy.

    • Tagbert Tagbert on Jan 18, 2023

      Oh, I laughed enough for both of us, then, 😆