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"Support your local dive shop!" I got sick of hearing this repeated a bunch of times in the online materials for a couple dive classes I took.LOL. the scuba industry is so screwed.
I mostly agree. Because of my specific circumstances at the time, this wouldn't have been practical.Dive shop did not only screw you but lied to you. By 1988 most cylinders were the "good" alloy not AL6351.
While I understand the desire to maintain a relationship I would speak to the owner about being lied to an go from there. Life is too short to deal with crap like that.
I am just enough of hard arse I would have said no I am not signing anything and they had 2 minutes to return my property otherwise I would be calling the cops.
Now if push comes to shove the cops would say it is civil matter. But them showing up would probably be enough to return my property.
The other part of my story, is I have a friend from out of town with a boat (about 2h15m drive each way), and we do treasure-dives. He's always on a tight schedule, and has work the next day. I had no tanks, and dive-shops weren't open yet, so I proposed we dive his two tanks first, then he drops me off at the dock, I make a round-trip to the dive-shop to pick up my two full tanks and we're immediately off to our 2nd dive using my tanks. If I spent an hour arguing with the shop, calling the cops, etc ... that might have screwed over my relationship with my dive-buddy and decade-long friend, which is 50x more important than a "$40 tank" or any dive-shop relationship.
In hindsight, the right call (aside from calling the cops, or going to court) would have been to demand my two good tanks, and say I don't have time to deal with the 3rd "condemned" tank or singing a document I don't have time to read. Then deal with the 3rd tank at a later time. If they were literally refusing to hand over any of my tanks (which they were somewhat implying), then that might have been a call my friends, then call the cops scenario. Like you said, they probably would have said it's a civil matter, but it would have probably gotten my tanks back.