Replacing a bulb can take 12 people in Britain!

October 21st, 2011 - 9:22 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Oct 21 (IANS) An elderly man in Britain was shocked beyond his wits when he discovered that it took 46 days and a dozen workmen to replace a street lamp bulb.

It all began when pensioner Jack Doran reported that a street light outside his home in Cheltenham town of south west England’s Gloucestershire county was broken. But it 46 days and 12 visits by workmen before it was fixed, the Daily Express reported.

Fixing the bulb took so much time after it was noticed that the base of the lamp was surrounded by a hedge and workers could not get access to the junction box. It meant the parks’ department had to be called out.

Thereafter, another team of workmen found water was leaking into the light. But when this was repaired, they discovered it needed a special bulb.They borrowed one from a nearby lamppost and returned for another try. But then, they discovered the fuse had gone.

“I started to wonder what on earth had gone wrong,” the 74-year-old Doran said.

Ken Pitt, street lighting manager for Gloucestershire county council, said: “We appreciate this repair has taken longer than usual but it wasn’t straightforward.”

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