On my way to the PO to pick up a couple of special deliveries, I popped into my local petrol station to fill up. I pulled up to the front pump right next to the curb, got the pump and filled up with £60 of diesel. As i put the pump back, I looked down and noticed I had black paint on the bottom of my trousers. Looking down the row of pumps, there was a sheet of paper approx 5 yards away on the floor. The lady at the pump behind, was stepping on the wet paint. Luckily it was just the soles of her shoes that copped it. The painter laughed and said ooops sorry.
So inside the station, I calmly inform them here is my card, which i authorise £30 on telling them the other money will reimburse me for their negligence and damage.
They decline, but in the meantime, 2 others also get paint on their hands.
I suggest the garage calls the police as I'm refusing to pay and well let them sort it out.... so they hit the panic button, suggesting I'm a thief. The police arrive after 10 minutes and I greet them showing them the damage and showing them the "wet paint" signs the garage owners had now stuck up around the place.
2 more people get paint on themselves while the police witness it happen. The Police are now clearly on my side, but obviously the matter is a civil. They sought advice and I was pleasantly surprised when I manipulated their agreement that I did not need to pay right now for the fuel (as they weren't the only ones owed money in theory.) By this time, another customer notices ive paint on my shirt also.
The owners are still adamant "you must pay" and tell me I'm the only one who has paint on them, which the police quickly correct them. Thinking this may well go the distance, I ask the police to obtain the painters details. The owners give me a bit of paper with the guys first name. I showed the policeman and suggest something is being held back. He asks for his full details and address. "I've forgotten where I live" came the reply. Hello..... ding ding ding!!!!!!
Within 3 minutes, this guy is pleading with me..... "OK, I'll pay". All of the staff (inc the painter) are from Bangladesh. - Not that this is a problem of course... providing its OK for them to be here.
Just a slight about turn! I agree to take £30 for the trousers and £20 for the shirt. I then pay £10 for the petrol.
The police were left waiting for his details to come back, though as i drove off, I was called back because the petrol station now said "we want your clothes". I decline and the police remind them its a civil matter and there's nothing they can do. Funnily, they couldn't have been more awkward when it started... now they were getting it back and the police were backing me up!
So £50 worth of fuel... and a probable illegal deported.... result.....
The policeman gave me his card and direct number, so I'm hopeing I can find out, though I half expect they wont tell me.