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Pump 19 Chichester, United Kingdom Posts: 6,878 Sprint ST (05->) 23 Apr 2008 19:28 A flatbed with a car lift pulled up outside my office in Morden this morning and parked. The driver sat there for 20 minutes looking at his watch, then moved fowards next to the new merc he'd parked by.
They were obviously waiting to take it.
Then he lifted it and as it was about 15 foot in the air and half over the flatbed, he dropped it. The front swung down and smashed against the side of the flatbed and just sort of hung there.
/media/file/49903.aspx The owner turned up and it turns out he is less than 10 minutes over his parking time, so they were sitting there waiting for it to go overtime so they could take it.
Ok, thats not going to work, weve just damaged the front now. Put it back on the truck
Tell you what, hook the front wheels over the edge and lower it down sideways on the truck.
Well the truck is damaged now, put it down and lift it with the other truck
Oh, we sem to have damaged the wheels a bit and it wont move forwards now, maybe we shouldnt put it on the truck.
I know, IM a complete f!$%wit, Ive got a good idea, Ill put it back in the parking space it was in before I touched it.
As soon as the straps were off, the traffic warden you can see in the last pic got out a tissue and polished the rather large crease running the length of the roof as though it was going to make it all better, and gave the car a second parking ticket before walking off.
Then they all got back into the flatbed trucks and drove off, leaving the car there, f!$%ed and with two parking tickets and with a stunned owner standing there. (The owner is the little old bald guy in the green jacket and white t shirt you can see in some of the pics)
The bloke operating the lift got really pissed off with me when I took his picture, and looked like he was going to cry when someone walked up and thanked him for the entertainment.
You couldnt f!$%ing make it up.
Where the f!$% to they find these people to employ, a zoo?
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Beemster ., United Kingdom Posts: 11,646 Enthusiast 23 Apr 2008 19:37 If it was April 1st I'd think you'd been busy with Photoshop... This set of pics needs to go to the papers.
Village Idiot In the corner, Spain Posts: 3,764 Thruxton (04-08) 23 Apr 2008 19:38
Pump: Where the f!$% to they find these people to employ, a zoo?
Chessington zoo, most likely, otherwise probably in the High Street in Epsom... he doesn't look very bright, does he... Blimey if that had been my car the twat in the hi-viz would be in a plywood box by now
The Dutch Porridgewog Gelderland, Netherlands Premier Member Posts: 20,000 Speed Triple 1050 23 Apr 2008 19:42 Love it Pump, excellent documentary
Mr Greebo West Sussex, United Kingdom Posts: 4,895 Adventurer (96-98) 23 Apr 2008 19:44 The phrase 'duty of care' springs to mind.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duty_of_car... Should be a field day for the lawyers
----KK---- West SX / London, United Kingdom Posts: 36,249 Enthusiast 23 Apr 2008 19:52 Pump, I hope you told the owner he could have a copy of the photos?
I see it is right opposite Morden Police Office.
Super T suffolk, United Kingdom Posts: 979 Daytona T595 23 Apr 2008 21:17 the owner looks so calm.mind you the car obscured his hands rubbing together.
Rob BBTB Redditch, United Kingdom Premier Member Posts: 48,837 Sprint GT 23 Apr 2008 21:23 Can't wait to hear the final instalment on this one
Obee Wan Angles of the East, United Kingdom Premier Member Speed Triple T309 23 Apr 2008 21:34 I hope he sues the cnuts for all he can get and got everyones names/ photos including the crane operator. You evidence Pump could come in handy.
Outrageous abuse of power.
Nick Birley Edge, United Kingdom Premier Member Posts: 17,602 TT600 (00-01) 23 Apr 2008 22:02 I get the feeling this one may run and run!
SteveF Too close to Pompey, United Kingdom Posts: 1,338 Tiger (01-06) 23 Apr 2008 22:12 Sell the Photos - Give the Dail Mail, or the current bun a call - got to be worth a couple of hundred.
The Merc owner's gonna make something out of it - you might as well,
Reaper Adelaide S.A, Australia Posts: 393 Daytona 955i (02CE, 03) 23 Apr 2008 22:42 lol,,,what a farkin joke,,,,got any updates?
Pump 19 Chichester, United Kingdom Posts: 6,878 Sprint ST (05->) 23 Apr 2008 23:21 Ive no idea what the outcome is going to be. I dont know the owner. I offered him a copy of the pictures, but he was taking his own so didnt need them.
The police in the police shop just stood in the window and pissed themselves. A police car turned up and they basicly told the transport london people and the wardens all they were going to do was make sure no one lost thier temper.
The owner was very calm and so the police just told the TL people it was thier mess and drove off laughing.
The owner appeared to be not that stressed and was on the phone getting legal advice and appeared to have all bases covered.
I have considered seeing if the papers want to buy the pics but I dont know if they would be worth anything.
I will see if I can find anything out though.
Gazza Derbys, United Kingdom Posts: 2,522 Daytona T595 23 Apr 2008 23:31 "make sure no one lost their temper"
FFS you'd think the coppers would have them for criminal damage, incompetent doesn't really cover it does it.
Fck sake really unbelievable, makes you wonder how often they damage vehicles without anyone seeing them and just walk away. Bunch of low life cnuts.
Strongy Cumbria, United Kingdom Premier Member Posts: 4,369 Trident 750 24 Apr 2008 07:47
nick: I get the feeling this one may run and run!
unlike the car
sometimes things appearr beyond belief and this is one of these incidents,
the owner of the car must have thought he was in the middle of a candid camera stunt
Nice n Fat Wilts, Berks & Hants, United Kingdom Premier Member Trophy 24 Apr 2008 07:55 I was by a London bike courier many years ago that he made more money out of the damage these twats caused by lifting his bike that by couriering. I'm not sure if they bother lifting bikes anymore ???
Suffolk Punch... You are gay..., Uruguay Premier Member Posts: 32,082 Daytona T595 24 Apr 2008 09:01 These so called `Parking Services` people are a law unto themselves specially in London....they`re just out to screw the poor motorist for all the cash they can get.
I know Couriers who refuse to do jobs to London now (specially Westminster) `cos they cant be bothered with the hassle....you only have to leave your van for a minute to ask directions and a CCTV will take a photo and `Hey Presto` a £60 Penalty Charge is winging it`s way to your door.
Transport for London is just a new way of saying `c*unts` in my opinon... (and Ken Livingstone is a twat).
A Bastard Droitwich, United Kingdom Premier Member Posts: 46,049 Speed Triple 1050 24 Apr 2008 09:07 SP.
. Ash . Who is John Galt?..., New Caledonia Posts: 16,532 Enthusiast 24 Apr 2008 10:40 Seriously Pump - these DO need to get to the papers, this is the sort of malicious s!$% that needs to be broadly exposed (as with all the other stuff..) - d'you want me to try?
IE - the theory is that a car that is deemed to be causing a serious obstruction/is a danger etc should be removed (as in, serious enough not to warrant a simple warning/penalty)
So by royally f!$%ing around, this bunch of monkeys bring the entire street to a complete standstill for some considerable length of time - not to mention damage etc
Daily Mail and Currant Bun first ports of call I reckon mate - you could even email them the link to this thread with your contact number - that would do it
Boycie Winterdown, United Kingdom Premier Member Posts: 16,884 Speed Triple T509 24 Apr 2008 10:43 f!$%wit operator obviously didn't realise the front was the heavy end ....
General Smedley Butler Freedonia, United Kingdom Premier Member Posts: 5,969 Speed Triple 955i (02-04) 24 Apr 2008 10:47
What can I say that 's not already been said. Dickheads?
Good work Pump
Pump 19 Chichester, United Kingdom Posts: 6,878 Sprint ST (05->) 24 Apr 2008 10:52 Ok, Im convinced.
Im busy this morning and leaving the office in about 10 seconds, but Ill email the sun this afternoon
Gazza Derbys, United Kingdom Posts: 2,522 Daytona T595 24 Apr 2008 10:57 The Sun corrispondent for comic disaster - Mr Pump 19
----KK---- West SX / London, United Kingdom Posts: 36,249 Enthusiast 24 Apr 2008 10:57
~EARL~ gods country wales, United Kingdom Premier Member Posts: 84,604 Enthusiast 24 Apr 2008 11:32
tops pics sound commentry perhaps a video it could be doing the rounds on you tube
~Aitch~ The Shades, Ongar,, United Kingdom Site Moderator Premier Member Posts: 54,809 Thunderbird Sport (98-00) 24 Apr 2008 11:44 Get Mrs Pumps thrupennies on page three while yer at it.....
Rob BBTB Redditch, United Kingdom Premier Member Posts: 48,837 Sprint GT 24 Apr 2008 13:01
Oggs Northwest, United Kingdom Premier Member Trident 900 24 Apr 2008 13:01 BL LMAO
. Ash . Who is John Galt?..., New Caledonia Posts: 16,532 Enthusiast 24 Apr 2008 13:36 BL
Suffolk Punch... You are gay..., Uruguay Premier Member Posts: 32,082 Daytona T595 24 Apr 2008 14:01 I agree Ash....BL should be seconded.....to a mental institution
Big AL Darn Sarf, United Kingdom Posts: 2,583 Speed Triple 955i (99-01) 24 Apr 2008 14:07 Pump... Dont forget Top gear / Auto Express websites etc
keep you in Beer tokens all year ...
Nice n Fat Wilts, Berks & Hants, United Kingdom Premier Member Trophy 24 Apr 2008 18:52
SP: you only have to leave your van for a minute to ask directions
By a Tom Tom then you cheap arsed bastard
Eyke Tunstall Out There, United Kingdom Posts: 3,156 Daytona 955i (02CE, 03) 24 Apr 2008 18:58
IH: By a Tom Tom then you cheap arsed bastard
Don't you know he's a poorly paid parcel runner from the country.
He can't afford,let alone understand these sorts of modern technology. Check out his avatar for proof of this fact.
If he did have a portable map device what would be his excuse for stopping to ask the local wildlife for the best way for him to get on.
Isaac Mattin Cheshire, United Kingdom Posts: 1 Enthusiast 25 Apr 2008 21:21 Another point about this incident (that you have all so far missed!) is surely this lifting operation has health & safety implications; what if they had dropped the car onto a kid? If TFL can't gurantee 100% safety (clearly it is not), then they should not be doing such heavy lifting in a public place.
Rob BBTB Redditch, United Kingdom Premier Member Posts: 48,837 Sprint GT 25 Apr 2008 21:23
Suspect that particular crew might not be doing any lifting anyway.
Beemster ., United Kingdom Posts: 11,646 Enthusiast 25 Apr 2008 21:27 Did this series of pics get sent to the press at all? I wonder if Top Gear would run them on the show.
Suffolk Punch... You are gay..., Uruguay Premier Member Posts: 32,082 Daytona T595 25 Apr 2008 21:52 Isaac....I hace Sat Nav...but even that doesn`t have Courier Delivery points marked on it...I have to ask reception where they are and thats when the CCTVs shaft you.....Bastards that they are.....a plague of Pubic Lice on Red Ken and all his acolytes...
Nice n Fat Wilts, Berks & Hants, United Kingdom Premier Member Trophy 26 Apr 2008 08:02
SP: I hace Sat Nav...but even that doesn`t have Courier Delivery points marked on it
I seem to remember you found your way to Wootton Bassett with no problem just using the smell of freshly ground coffee & chocolate Bourbons
Riggsy Maidenhead/Cov, United Kingdom Premier Member Posts: 38,924 Daytona 955i (02) 26 Apr 2008 11:49
Dan: I have to ask reception where they are Whats happened to you "homing sheep" ??
Suffolk Punch... You are gay..., Uruguay Premier Member Posts: 32,082 Daytona T595 26 Apr 2008 11:55 Riggsy....horrible old frigger
I never got so much as a sniff at a chocolate bourbon Paul, from what I can remember....the coffee was ok tho. Next time I pop in I`ll expect choccy Hob Nobs....
Oh and Hadleigh....Knackers....
Pump 19 Chichester, United Kingdom Posts: 6,878 Sprint ST (05->) 26 Apr 2008 12:34 Ok, I have been talking to the stories people at the SUN and they now have the pictures and are discussing whether they are going to run it as a story or not.
If they do I will have beer tokens.
. Ash . Who is John Galt?..., New Caledonia Posts: 16,532 Enthusiast 26 Apr 2008 16:03 Excellent
Blizzard Coventry, United Kingdom Posts: 51,831 Enthusiast 26 Apr 2008 18:45 Result.
Now does it mean that he has to buy a round at Scroppers ?
Riggsy Maidenhead/Cov, United Kingdom Premier Member Posts: 38,924 Daytona 955i (02) 26 Apr 2008 18:55
Beemster ., United Kingdom Posts: 11,646 Enthusiast 26 Apr 2008 19:32 You seen the number of views on this thread?!
. Ash . Who is John Galt?..., New Caledonia Posts: 16,532 Enthusiast 26 Apr 2008 23:37 f!$%ing hell yeah - I did email the thread to a few people - a few others must've done the same - T595 goes global....
Riggsy Maidenhead/Cov, United Kingdom Premier Member Posts: 38,924 Daytona 955i (02) 26 Apr 2008 23:41 But can Homers server handle the traffic?
Suffolk Punch... You are gay..., Uruguay Premier Member Posts: 32,082 Daytona T595 26 Apr 2008 23:44 Of course it can....you unbelievers....
. Ash . Who is John Galt?..., New Caledonia Posts: 16,532 Enthusiast 27 Apr 2008 00:04 More dlithium crystals.....she cannae take it Cap'n
f!$% - did I really just quote Star Trek?
Time for bed I think....................
Bluedogz Havre de Grace, MD, USA Posts: 5,051 Enthusiast 27 Apr 2008 02:37
Ash: this is the sort of malicious s!$% that needs to be broadly exposed (as with all the other stuff..
Malicious? Hardly malicious if the cops' biggest concern is "noone loses their temper." You can bet the rent that if a traffic cop wantonly destroyed my property due to incompetence there'd be a spectacle.
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