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U.S. Patent by Thomas Edison for an improved e...

U.S. Patent by Thomas Edison for an improved electric lamp, January 27, 1880 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I had a phone call from an elderly lady on Monday evening asking, even pleading that I go along and replace several light bulbs of various types in many of her lighting fittings. Now I don’t usually take on such work and in fact many electricians don’t do so either. I asked if there was a neighbour or a friend, maybe someone in her family who could change the bulbs for her because I would have to levy a charge if I did the work. I was trying to save her the expense but she seemed not bothered. I gave in to her wishes and told her I would be there the following morning at 9 o’clock. Her house is about six miles from home. I sorted out some lamps from my own stock which I was prepared to supply free of charge as in fact they are no longer of use to me anyway. I arrived at her house on time and she began to show me around. She told me not to worry about the dog as he wouldn’t bite. The house reeked of stale tobacco and as I was about to take an inventory she lit up a cigarette. I asked her if she would be so kind as not to smoke indoors whilst I was there. She took objection to my request and telling me it was her house and she wouldn’t be told (I’d asked) what she could do in it. I was asked to leave, which I was only too pleased to do. I, like anyone else, have the right to refuse to work in hazardous conditions and this house was hazardous to my health. I had only been inside the house for about five minutes but when I went outside to leave I could smell the stale tobacco on my coat. Fortunately Tuesday had been a very windy day, one of several continuously windy days recently so the smell soon disappeared. I drove back home but had to make a stop in order to secure one of the ladders on the roof of the van. It took me quite some time to secure it because of the high wind. As I was doing so I received a call from one of my regular customers who asked if I could do a small job for them, change bulbs! It was kind of on my way home and I drove there to do it. I had however to drive off to the supplier to buy a special lamp. What a difference their house is to the first, clean, fresh and free from stale tobacco smells. Their whole attitude was different too!

Shirley Anne

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