A man has been told to move house because his microwave is large enough to be classified ‘an extra bedroom.’ George Jorge, 58, an unemployed bricklayer from Halifax, installed the kingsize microwave as a ‘wall feature’ in his modest council semi in the 1980s. He has now received a letter, personally signed by Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Ian Duncan Smith, telling him he needs to ‘relocate’ due to the ‘excessive proportions of his accommodation.’
‘It’s ridiculous,’ Mr Jorge said yesterday. ‘I used to have a lodger in there but when he rolled in the night and turned the thing on he made a hell of a fuss, refused to pay rent and then staged a dirty protest by allowing himself to rot. Is Mr Smith suggesting I put one of my kids in there?’
In a statement a government spokesman announced that walk-in larders, chest freezers and ‘American style fridges’ can be safely adapted to make suitable sleeping areas if unplugged from the mains.
‘Under-utilization of the potential sleeping spaces afforded by appliances which have been bought partly, or in whole, by tax-payers’ money is not acceptable,’ the spokesman said.
‘Owners of such “leased” appliances should make use of them properly, or vacate their accommodations and find somewhere else to live, possibly in said appliances, viz. the local dump.’
Mr Jorge said that he had taken a hammer to his fish-tank and was waiting eviction.