Altadena Hardware's 97-year-old scale is back in balance.
Last week, the store was dealing with county inspectors who said that the scale, used to weigh nails by the pound, would have to go. Not because it's inaccurate -- it's not -- but because they thought it was a different scale than was tested last year. And they thought it was a different scale because the previous inspector transposed two scale numbers last year. And the inspector's supervisor wouldn't back off, according to store manager Jimmy Orlandini, so the scale would have to be junked and a new one purchased (our previous story is here).
This morning, Orlandini called us to say that a higher-ranking weights and measures supervisor called today to say that an inspector will be in to certify the scale tomorrow. The supervisor "claimed that he had already talked to the supervisor I had talked to and that this was supposed to get taken care of -- at no time were they to decommission my scale," Orlandini said.
The supervisor, who "was real fast to apologize multiple times," did let him know that the recent publicity (which included the Altadenablog story and a Pasadena Sun column) and some persuasion from Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich's office gave the certification a sense of urgency.