Lakeland wind farmer Giles Hardacre, has written to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) after an engineer failed to complete a simple blow job at his 100 acre wind farm.
“My main turbine appeared to be discharging despite experiencing some favourable blowing conditions so I decided to call in the experts,” said Mr Hardacre , “anyway, an engineer arrived and looked at it, then scratched his head, and then took a sharp intake of breath before getting down to business.”
The OFT who are studying the complaint, noted that the engineer, Mr Bill Jones, was paid cash in hand and hoped that Mr Hardacre was ‘satisfied’, “curiously, he was then asked to shake on it” said investigating officer, Mavis Wimpole. However, after a few hours the turbine continued to discharge and Mr Hardacre telephoned the engineer again. He was informed by a colleague that Mr Jones was out on another job and would be too tired to come out again that evening. The colleague also indicated that he did not have sufficient experience to sort out the problem.
Mr Hardacre then took the matter into his own hands but after grappling with it for a couple of hours he admitted defeat. “I was literally bent double and DIY has never been a strong point so I called a fellow farmer for some advice.”
According to the report by the OFT the neighbouring farmer advised Mr Hardacre to ‘give his equipment a rest’ and return to it in the morning. However, later that evening Mr Jones decided to have another go on his way home from his last job. After some difficulty he managed to knock Mr Hardacre up and the two of them wrestled with the problem until the early hours.
“I really went the extra mile for Mr Hardacre,” said Mr Jones “but he was completely dissatisfied. I didn’t know what else I had to do to please him.”
The OFT is continuing with its investigation and a decision will be made at the end of the month to determine whether Mr Jones is guilty of poor service.