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Knowledge is power. Once you know "the deal", you can make decisions about what steps to take.
I'll bet they got the spring retainers installed incorrectly.
BTW - if the front pads are worn out, have someone eyeball the rear pads as well. For obscure and semi-paranormal reasons, the rear disc pads often wear faster than the front pads on this car. It's the only vehicle I know of that exhibits that wear pattern.
And you're right, replacing brake pads is pretty easy - in fact, if you need rear pads, I have a how-to with pictures already available on this forum. It is something that anyone with a couple of hours and a jackstand can do. The only thing you need to check is the condition of the rear rotors..no grooves or uneven wear, please.
2008 BMW E91 328xi Sportwagon
2009 BMW E92 328ix Coupe
1983 280ZX Turbo