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Generators delayed are generators denied

Posted at: 10/27/2012 11:33 PM
By: Dan Levy

SLINGERLANDS - They say there's always a calm before the storm, but in Slingerlands on Saturday, there was a storm of frustration before Hurricane Sandy.

Jim Olsen runs a hardware store where he sells generators but Saturday, with an impending storm heading up the Atlantic Coast, his supply of generators was near zero. A manufacturer in Wisconsin promised a truckload of them by noon on Saturday. That time got pushed back to 4:30 P.M., and then to 6:00 P.M.

Six o'clock came and went with no truck and no generators. Jim's patience was wearing thin.

"I've never been this frustrated with a shipment in 21 years being in business here," Olsen, who was expecting, and was promised 216 generators to be delivered on Saturday, says.

"A lot of people dropped the ball on this and made promises they couldn't deliver," he continued.

One of the customers who was affected was David Sell, who drove all the way from North Plainfield, New Jersey.

"My wife called me on my way up," Sell says, "She said while you're up there see if they have any generators because all generators are sold out in New Jersey."

Harry Judge, of Albany, refilled his propane tank Saturday, just in case.

"I just wanted to be prepared," Judge stated. "In the eventuality it (Hurricane Sandy) does come up here and whack us, we're going to be properly supplied."

Many supplies began dwindling at Olsen's as the day wore on, especially flashlights and batteries. Many customers, some from as far away as Baltimore, Maryland were waiting and waiting for the big ticket item that never came, even though a roadside sign in front of Olsen's on New Scotland Road read: We got it!

The latest word from Olsen is that the generators should arrive over night. He'll open his doors at 7:30 A.M. Sunday.