A London man has revealed his life-long obsession of unnecessarily taking things apart and putting them back together.
Unemployed Carl Winston (34) admits it has had a profound effect on his families’ day-to-day life.
“I ruined Christmas once.” He said
“I spent Christmas Eve with a screwdriver set dismantling all the kids toys. The dolls house needed a doorbell. I wanted the walking robot to fire real bullets, and the DVD player to double up as a toaster.”
“Nothing worked the next day, it never does. It’s a good job the kids have a great imagination; they just had to pretend everything worked.”
“We kept a wooden brush nearby to prise the toys off the kids when they were being electrocuted.” He added
It’s not just toys that Carl is obsessed with. Computers, TV’s, Radios, Phones, even items with no serviceable moving parts cannot escape from his 74-piece B&Q screwdriver assortment.
“If it’s got screws on it, it needs opening up and looking at. That’s my mentality.”
“I never lasted long at school. I was expelled after I attached castor wheels to the bus drivers’ seat. There was an accident and one kid died.”
“I think this lack of schooling drives my thirst for knowledge.”
Carl’s wife Amanda (32) admits she’s probably going to divorce him. “I’m just waiting for his redundancy cheque to come through.” She said.
“I wouldn’t mind if the items were actually broken and needed fixing. But he never bothers with any of that. It has to be straight out of the box and be in perfect working order.”
“He tries to make things better, take the time he put the turbo out of his Ford Escort onto my mothers brand new stair lift. She ended up outside the front door with lacerations caused by flying glass.”
Amanda’s mother declined to participate in the interview. But said she thinks Carl is a “right twat”.