Why must we wait to have TV fixed?
My housing association has taken me completely by surprise this weekend.
In my complex of flats we have a communal signal box for our televisions.
Imagine my surprise when, in the process of reporting that we no longer had a signal, I was informed it was policy not to react to such reported breakdowns for five working days.
Why? Does the TV signal engineer double, triple or even quadruple up as Jack or Jill of all trades? Doubtful.
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Luckily for me, I had the presence of mind to hop on a bus ( at a cost of £4 return), buy an indoor aerial (£18) and an aerial lead to ensure I had both male and female connections (£7).
Sadly, I also required a magnifying glass to read instructions (£2) and a torch to be able to distinguish all the holes and slots at the back of the television due to enforced use of energy-saving lightbulbs (£1.50).
I jokingly included on a social networking site that I was having to pass the window where said aerial is sited on all fours to avoid the direction from which the signal is now coming, so presumably I will need extra supplies of Glucosamine sulphate for my knees (£2).
I am now in a position to smile about the whole situation, due to having sorted out my own state of play.
But I feel very sorry for some of my neighbours who have had no access to TV since at least last Thursday.
What sort of person/committee has introduced such a mindless policy to a blocks of flats which, quite rightly, includes people from all walks of life, including those with language and physical barriers, who are very much dependant on their links with the outside world via the good old telly?
The mind boggles.
Does anyone think it is worth trying to claim back my expenses?
Margaret Jones, Leicester.