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By Tom Palen 

Better than Before


March 23, 2024

Dad often said, "If you borrow something or use something that doesn't belong to you, always leave it in better condition than you got it." I try to follow this rule, even when I rent equipment.

I have never paid a cleaning fee when I return equipment. One time, I returned a paint sprayer to Voss Equipment Rental, and asked, “Did I get it clean enough?”

Craig looked at the sprayer, "This is cleaner than when you took it. Do you want a job?"

"No," I replied, "but I would take a discount on the rental fees." We laughed about that.

One Saturday, when we lived in Winona, Minnesota, Melissa, and I...

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