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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.
2009 BMW 328xi
1983 280ZX Turbo