October 29, 2008 7:00 am
When I was in high school, I worked at the mall and spent most of my time there. My boyfriend at the time drove a green VW Bus (and I drove a matching brown one, what’s it to you?). This was the nineties and the VW’s we drove were about twenty years old. Needless to say, they had their share of rust and dents. On day we came across a suction cup dent remover. It’s a huge suction cup that you put over the dent and then pull, removing the dent entirely. It got a dent out of the VW door without leaving a mark.
This was the coolest invention I had ever seen. We wanted more, more dents to remove but we had already gotten them all out of our VW’s. We did what any normal teenagers would do, we walked around the mall parking lot pulling dents out of cars. Unbeknownst to the owners, we would find a car and go to work. One of us would keep a lookout while the other one would pull the dent. We must have pulled twenty dents out of cars during our dent-removal spree. I wonder if we could have gotten arrested for our good deeds?
The dent removal itself was fun, but I always wanted to see the flip side. I wanted to be a fly on the wall when Joe The Plumber came out of the mall and noticed that the huge dent his kid had put in his car was magically GONE! Did we confuse people by removing their dents? Was Joe going to use the money saved on auto repairs to start his plumbing business? I like to think that we made a difference back then. People kissed and made up since the argument causing dent had vanished. Little old ladies were allowed to drive for another year without their kids yanking their car keys. What I did was special, and I made a positive impact on the world. I challenge you to pay it forward. Go pull some dents in the local flea market parking lot. Bondo your neighbor’s station wagon. Believe me, you’re going to feel like a better person having helped out.
Tags: Good Deeds