ATTLEBORO, Mass (WBZ NewsRadio) – A shortage of mechanics are resulting in longer wait times at local auto body shops.
Cindy Carol is the owner of Pleasant Auto Center in Attleboro. She has been forced to turn people away day due to her lack of staff.
“We are down from ten person employment down to four," Carol says. "We’ve been four since Covid hit and at this point in time we’re back up to the same volume of work with just the four people.”
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Hanson, the owner of Robert’s Auto in Attleboro, thinks mechanics are not returning to work because they are afraid of getting sick or want to keep collecting unemployment benefits.
“Most time, they’re lazy," he says. "They don’t want to work because they’re lazy.”
Hanson says he is lucky to have a group of five mechanics who have continued coming into work.
“When you get good help, you got to hang onto them," he adds.
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