GROUPS EXPENSIVE PRINTER ACCIDENTALLY DUMPED AT RECYCLING CENTRE

An expensive printer belonging to Crewkerne & District U3A was accidentally dumped at the Chard recycling centre when U3A chair Sheila Seymour was disposing of her garden rubbish. Sheila was given the task of getting the £400 Brother printer serviced and because it was so heavy left it in the boot of her car. Sheila had carefully covered up the one year old printer with a bath towel, blanket and shopping bags to protect it.

When a friend of Sheila’s said she wanted to get rid of an old computer, she happily gave her a lift to the recycling centre. Sheila was shocked when she returned home, opened the boot and found it empty. She hurried back to Chard recycling centre and explained what had happened. Sheila said: “I was told that everything is on CCTV and nothing escapes its vigilance. We peered into the IT skip and saw the printer lying upside down about two metres down.” With the aid of a grappling hook, one of the men who Sheila commented had “the dexterity of a fly fisherman angling a trout,” the printer was rescued from the heaps of dead laptops, keyboards and other printers.

As nothing rattled when Sheila shook the printer, she was very relieved and took it along to the local PC repair shop the next day. She was still concerned that it had been damaged and as it had been left in her care, she was expecting to have to pay the bill for a new printer. Luckily when it was switched on, the printer made a whirring noise and when the test button was pressed out popped a black and white test sheet, followed soon afterwards by a colour one. A very relieved Sheila said: “Phew! Just like Lazarus, the printer had come back to life and I was pleased that it had been rescued from the skip in time.”

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