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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-27-2003, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
 
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RANT: I went to the Naperville DMV yesterday...

to take my road test and get my license and the stupid examiner was the woman from hell. From the moment she walked onto the range, you could tell she didn't like being there and thinks that all of us riders are SHIT. How do I know? Here are some of her comments to me during the test...

First thing she said to me....

"Looks like some people just don't want to grow up"

As she was explaining the tests (in a quiet voice, while the bike was running and my helmet on)...

"Looks like the motorcycle is affecting your hearing as well"

And after I had passed the test...

"You did well. Oh, and are you an organ donor?"

Now I know that people don't like us motorcyclists, but to have a person at the DMV (whose job it is to work with us) be so blatently rude just pissed me off. I am torn about wanting to write a letter to the DMV, or to just blow it all off.

Am I being stupid? Any comments/suggestions?

Thanks....

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-27-2003, 09:10 AM
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Definately write that letter. You might also try sending a copy of it to the local newspapers. Remarks like that should not be tolerated from a PUBLIC SERVANT. Remember to name names when you write the letter. Motorcyclists have enough predjudice against them without it stemming from the DMV itself.

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I agree with SloRoll. Send a letter out to the Secretary of State. It's hard enough being in a pressured situation, and on top of that, having a dumb ass ride your back.

Just another case of stereotyping...

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i say go back and have a talk with the manager there and still write a letter.
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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-27-2003, 09:45 AM
 
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that whole system is screwed up. I suspect many of those employees got their job through family members with very little qualification. It seems similar ot the labor unions. You can complain abotu them all you want but it takes a criminal act, or showing up late to work to get them fired.

I'd still write a letter.... maybe send a copy to your state representative. It's worth the price of the stamp and paper.

At the site in Bradley, there si one eralyl good guy there and he gave me my test. He actually made me trun off the biek ot expalin directions and was pretty cool overall. I think he was happy I wasn't a typical squid he usually gets.
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It seems similar ot the labor unions.

Don't knock the labor unions. If it wasn't for them how would I be able to sleep at work?

Naperville is the worst DMV. Take the extra ride to Yorkville. My wife went there for her mc license on her lunch break, got her license and still had time to eat. Her and 2 employees were the only people in the place.

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thats why I go to the one in Morris, naperville is horrible.




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maybe we should go back in about a group of 50...all cover the course spot and do burn out for 10 seconds then haul ass out of there



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She was not prejudiced against you. There are a couple of people at that branch (75th, right?) that have serious attitude problems. Last time I had to go there I was thankful I got through it without someone making me angry.

Go out to Hinkley. They're much friendlier.

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I'm agreeing with everyone....I need to start going to another DMV.
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i say go back and have a talk with the manager there and still write a letter.
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post #14 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-27-2003, 12:52 PM
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Write the letter, it will make you feel better in the long run. Even though the DMV isnt the greatest place to work, the people working there should be happy thaey have a job that requires that amount of skill. Dealing with complaining people all day can be annoying but they should let if affect their judgement. Hey if you dont want to write a letter... well here is a complaint letter generator.

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i agree to write the letter also. the first time i went to take the road test on my bike was at Naperville. the lady told me i was going to fail even before i started the test. she said there was no way i was going to pass on my bike (don't remember the exact phrase she used). the second time i took the test, i went to lombard. passed with no problems at all.
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The Schaumburg one isn't any better. Back when I used to live in Hoffman and used the DMV on Golf over by Tower Records, I tried my hardest to smile, be polite, etc. Never worked, always got treated like a POS. I *did* pass my riding portion of my test there, at 16...

Started going to the one up in Woodstock (I had family/friends that lived up there so it wasn't too much of an inconvenience actually) and HUGE difference. Everyone there is pleasant, smiles, says "Have a nice day!", etc. I had one of them even comment to me that she felt it was admirable that I was an organ donor.. apparently a lot of motorcyclists check "no". I figure, if I'm dead, what good are my organs to me??

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Just an FYI when I went out to get my plates for the F3, I watched a few riding tests and the instructor there seemed to actually be pretty helpful. It was an older man and this was also at the Naperville DMV. A nice person there definitely isn't the norm, though.
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I'm reminded of a incident I witnessed one day a few years ago while waiting in line at the Schaumburg DMV. Stuff like this really pisses me off... as they have NO hesitation to fail me, a then 19 y/o kid... but when a senior citizen walks up, they'll try and try and try to get them to pass.

I witnessed an 80 year old woman, attempting to take her vision test. The following is a sample of the dialogue that took place between the DMV employee, and the woman - AFTER spending a solid 10 minutes explaining to her how to stick her head in the vision machine.

D: Read the first line please.

W: L Q N R D

D: No, read the FIRST line

W: A B F Q R

D: No ma'am, the FIRST LINE. What's the first letter in the first line?

W: Q?

D: No dear, try again.

W: F?

D: No. Let's try the 2nd line. Can you read the first letter in the second line?

W: R?

D: No.

W: W?

D: There you go. Now how's about the 2nd letter?

W: X?

D: No, try once more. The 2nd letter.

W: O?

D: Ok, good. Now lets try this. Can you tell me which side the blinking red light is on?

W: What red light?

D: You should see it. Can you see it? Which eye can you see it in?

W: I don't see any.

D: Try again. You should see it... in your right eye maybe? Do you see a blinking red light on your right?

W: Oh! There it is!

Myself as well as several of the patrons could NOT believe this was going on. 20 minutes later, as I made my way through the line... I saw the old woman getting her picture taken!!! SO THEY PASSED HER!!!

Scary...

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