Don't Let The Buggers Grind You Down!
Or you may end up paying out ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 08/10/2019 @ 8:00AM
Last week, I had a bit of a todo with Anglian Water. We had a leak outside our offices, which was flowing down the road ...
If I had been elderly or of a more agreeable character, they may have frightened me into paying!
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All of us at Clickers Yard in Olney contacted them to get something done about it yet Anglian Water insisted that, for some obscure reason, it was my problem and refused to come out.
"The fact that the leak was well outside of my water meter and coming from a road I didn't own seemed of no importance!"
I spoke to them at length at the office, but they were insistent that it was my responsibility and that I needed to get experts out. I said that I could turn off the stop cock at the bottom of the road which would immediately stop the leak, but that it would also stop five other properties from having any water.
They advised me not to do that as it might cause problems. I explained that I wanted to cause problems so as to stop the wastage and to get something done. But they were adamant. Not their problem and they weren't insured to do such work! Also, if I didn't carry out the repair work myself, they could take me to court.
Ok, so it wasn't gushing down the street and washing cars away, but it's the principle of the matter!
So, in the end, I put a photo on twitter and facebook and included the MK Citizen and our local MP. Hey presto, it was my most astounding magic trick of the year as suddenly they became insured to do the work and within two days it was done.
"I must say the people who came out to do it
were excellent and very friendly!"
But the concern here is that had I been elderly or of a more agreeable character, they may have frightened me into paying out a lot of cash to get something fixed that wasn't my responsibility. And that is just wrong.
So, my motto here is 'be polite, but fight'. And don't let the buggers grind you down!
Until next time ...
More about David Pibworth ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.
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