I went down to a local tire emporium this afternoon to get the car inspected and price RunFlat tires for the Mini. I think I’ve got a slow leak in one of these tires, and if they ever were under warranty I’m pretty sure it’s expired. Anyway, I was told I could pay $250 for a new tire and there was no repair of these things available. Replace it or die on it, I guess. I concluded I didn’t need a new tire just yet and asked them to inspect the car and get me the sticker.
While I was waiting for that to get done I sat down in their waiting room. They had two televisions on the same wall (!). The smaller was in the corner and tuned to ESPN. The larger (50″ or so, I imagine) was tuned to Fox News, and that’s the one that had the audio turned up. I sat there and gnashed my teeth for a while, but when the top of the hour arrived and it switched to “The O’Reilly Factor” with a teaser about “breaking news about the Benghazi raid! Could this cause President Obama’s re-election bid to fail?” I had to leave the room.
Tip to dealerships/auto repair shops/doctors’ offices and anyplace else that has a waiting room: tune your TV to a neutral channel which specializes in sports or science or travel or food; any “news’ channel is liable to tick off half your customers.