That reminds me of when I worked line MX
on DC-8 cargo aircraft. Many of the "cookie sheets" that the loaders would use to build their pallets were curled up at the ends and would sometimes get stuck. Without notifying us mechanics, as we were often busy readying the aircraft, they would try and force the pallets through the "tight spots" by pushing them fast and using the freight's momentum. Often times, this would result in broken cargo locks or seat tracks. Then there were the times they would try to use a large pry bar or jimmy bar to free up a stuck pallet, which frequently resulted in a broken or punctured floorboard. Not that they would tell us when they damaged something; we would always find these things after the fact. Of course most of these incidents could have been avoided with a little patience/common sense or, more importantly, by using "igloos" or "cookie sheets" in good condition. When we did happen to witness the loaders trying to force a pallet, we were quick to intervene in order to prevent damage to the airplane.
Also, those ex-UAL DC-8's had the "bomb bay" cargo pit doors which were notorious for becoming jammed if not closed correctly. The loaders would often get one "off track" and not let us know, so when the plane was ready to go, we would have a screwed up door to contend with at the last minute. The planeside reps were always quick to put the delay (if there was one) on MX
even though we weren't the ones to blame.
Then there were the times that the loaders would neglect to put up the cargo nets at the previous station, the freight would shift and rest on the inside of the door, making it incredibly difficult to open the door since the doors moved upward when first opened before sliding, fore or aft into their recess. It was during one of those times that I spotted a planeside rep attempting to pry the door open with a large flatblade screwdriver. I told him to get the f*ck away from my airplane and that I better not see him ever use a screwdriver on any of my planes ever again. He wasn't too happy (we had a few choice words for each other), but he did stop what he was doing and stepped back so that I could open the door the proper way and avoid damaging the skin of the aircraft. Eventually, we ironed things out between us and he saw things from my perspective. We even became pretty good friends, I suppose.
As I'm you sure you know, you have to get people like that to understand that planes aren't "trucks with wings" and have to be treated more delicately. Sometimes they see things your way, sometimes they don't.
Patrick Bateman is my hero.