After 18 years as a dealership technician, I finally brought my tools home. I'm done with this profession. And, I was fired for the first time in my life. Our service manager is the type of guy that can't or won't listen to anyones advice or opinions. he's never in the service department to manage. and with the experience i have, I'm everyones 'go to' guy. the last few months i've grown really tired of doing someone elses job and I have'nt been so "helpful" to everyone else. I was flat rate, and the time I spent helping others does'nt pay. I have a baby on the way, and I've been more concerned with my own responsibilities than helping others grow. well, our manager has'nt been in the greatest mood because of this. he's had to do a lot more work. plus I stirred up a hornets nest when I told them if they didnt get an exhaust system installed I was going to call osha. (the exhaust is mandated by law) My friend used to work with me got fired after he called them the first time. we had no exhaust since I started there. he called osha, the workplace got fined and they installed the exhaust system. well over a year ago they installed a few new lifts and took the system apart and rendered it useless. they never got around to hooking it back up. I repeatedly told them about it and it got put off again, and again. well, I went through yet another winter with the doors closed breathing carbon monoxide. I started having chest pains, blinding headaches, and even passed out a few times seemingly for no reason. I went to a heart specialist and found out I have an enlarged heart, and high blood pressure. The doctors will not say the carbon monoxide is the root cause. but, I know without a doubt thats what caused it. well what started the big explosion was tuesday I got to work, and immiediately had to help one of the guys with one of our used cars. the service writer was yelling and screaming and calling the owner an idiot, and a stupid ass because the car had already been diagnosed, and a part was on order. so I walked away and went to work. I got my first repair order written by the service manager and it stated the left rear window was stuck in the up position. it also said "see history". I checked the history and found someone had replaced the left front window regulator and motor. Obviously not related to the current complaint. I got in the car and found both the front windows were down, and both rears were in the up position. I rolled them down and the left rear worked, but it popped before it came down, and made a grinding noise on the way down. I found the runs (the channel the window slides in) dirty and sticky. I cleaned, and lubed them and cleaned the window. I charged the customer next to nothing and turned the ticket in. I also told the manager I heard a rattle in the left front window when I closed the door. I went back to work in my stall. as soon as i got back one of the other guys needed help lowering a differential from a vehicle. I was holding a heavy part over my head when the service manager came to me and told me he wrote the wrong door on the ticket. and he wanted me to look at it again. since the ticket was closed. this would be free of charge. since I charged them so little, and someone else had installed the regulator and messed it up, and the fact my hands were tied. I told him to give it back to the guy who originally worked on it or he'd have to do it himself, or write another ticket so I could get paid for it. He got pissed, stormed off and worked on the car himself. for the next hour he treated me like crap. I walked by him on my way to the bathroom and he started cussing at me and talking down to me. I told him I didnt appreciate the way he was treating me, and I dont have to put up with it. he then got in my face. literally spitting mad yelling at me. I turned away but didnt back up when i felt him spitting on me. I was about to clock him !! then since i turned my face he pushed me! I snapped I started yelling back at him and told him in these exact words "dont ever put your hands on me again, PLEASE! the general manager walks around the corner from outside and asks the service manager who was yelling. The guy pointed at me, and the general manager said YOUR FIRED! I confronted the service manager and said tell him the truth. I had my fist doubled up and i was going to put him to sleep if he lied. But he told him. yes we were both yelling. and, I still got fired. Point is, It was awful easy to fire me since I threatened to call osha, and made them repair the exhaust. Now, I have no insurance, and I have to drive an hour and a half to see my doctor. they left me with a heart condition, and no way to pay to get it fixed. I'll be seeing a lawyer soon, and I'm looking for a different line of work. I'm tired of dealership life. we have to study and go to school like doctors. and were treated like grease monkeys at walmart by the general public, our employers, and the car makers. cars change every year. the human body has'nt changed in thousands of years. I picked the wrong career! If any of you younger people out there reading this are thinking about a career in the automotive industry. Think again! I've wasted my life with it and I'm finally moving on. dont make the same mistake.