I was in B&Q yesterday afternoon, as I needed to get a new extension lead.
Whilst I was standing in the aisle, looking at the array of different types and lengths, I couldn’t help but notice the chap standing next to me.
He was picking out various items from the electrical section and was slowly filling his basket.
Dressed in some shabby work clothes, he looked like any other workman that you might bump into.
His phone rang and he answered it.
“Oh, hello mate. Yes… no, not at the moment, I’ve got a job on… yeah, well, it’s just a day’s work… no, I’m just putting in a couple of electrical extensions for my dad’s boss… gotta move his TV and surround sound system… easy enough, shouldn’t take me long. Yeah, OK then, I’ll see you tomorrow. Bye.”
And then he walked over to me with his basket. “‘scuse me mate, do you know much about electrics?”
I nodded an affirmative. “Yes, a bit”, I said.
“Is this the right cable for these plugs?” he asked, showing me some three-core flex and a couple of regular 3-pin mains plugs.
I looked him in the face to check he wasn’t winding me up, but his eyes told me he was being completely serious. “Yes”, I said, “that’ll be fine.”
He thanked me with a smile and strode off.
Put in an extension and move a surround sound system? I hope his spurs didn’t ruin the carpet!