A Berkshire man was shocked recently when he employed the services of a local painting and decorating company, only to discover that the men carrying out the work were everybody’s favourite 80s TV fugitives, the A-Team.
‘The advert said “If you have a problem, if no one else can help, if you need some shelves putting up, a little bit of painting doing, or your windows cleaning, maybe you can hire... the A-Team”.’ said Jack Robinson, who initially called to enquire about having his kitchen ceiling painted and a couple of doors hung, but later agreed to have his car armour plated too, after being given a knock-down price for providing the materials needed – two paint tins and a ball of string.
‘I thought the ad was just a joke at first, but it was really them.’ continued Jack, ‘I still had my doubts but when I saw B.A trying to shave a bit off the top of the door with a chisel I asked him if that was really the right tool for the job, or if he should pick something else. His reply of “I ain’t getting no plane fool!” confirmed it.’
Since Jack’s experience others have also come forward to confirm that the four former members of a crack commando unit, once imprisoned for a crime they didn’t commit, and still wanted by the government, had indeed swapped the Los Angeles underground for the small ads section of a local newspaper in Reading.
‘They’re a very different sight to their heyday; B.A’s trademark bling is gone, sold off to cash4gold, Hannibal’s expensive Cuban cigars have been replaced with a packet of Golden Virginia and rizlas, and the four of them turned up crammed into a VW Caddy instead of their famous van. They’d painted a red stripe down the side but it just wasn’t the same.’ explained another satisfied customer, who had a new shed built.
'I'm happy with the shed even though it was actually supposed to be a bookcase. They had no instructions so had to wing it, but they were very good at improvising and seemed to really enjoy building it. Apparently Hannibal loves it when the planks come together.'
2011 was a tough year for small businesses everywhere, and the soldier of fortune business was hit especially hard, with the number of women whose husbands were kidnapped in a land dispute with Mexican drug barons falling for the twelfth consecutive year, forcing the A-Team to look for alternative employment.
Surprisingly this is not the first time that Jack has unexpectedly come across an 80s TV character who has fallen on hard times.
‘I took my car in for a service a few years back and the bloke that did it was that Michael Knight. Don’t get me wrong, it was nice to have a car that could drive itself back from the pub, but it kept criticising my fashion sense and telling me I should get a light perm and a medallion.’
[Several hat-tips to waylandsmithy and JonnyJP]