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Alcalaina 26th September 2019 09:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Carl waters (Post 14957368)
'' It looks like someone from the council may have odisconnected the earth on a streetlight when changing a bulb'', dafuq!!!!!! I have got to say that in all my years working as a 'spark' i can honestly say that there isn't another trade that has as many cowboys as the electrical trade.

Plumbing maybe, but decidedly less dangerous. Thy said there was a possibility of someone getting electrocuted by touching a streetlamp :eek:

Ovaldo 27th September 2019 09:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Alcalaina (Post 14957424)
Plumbing maybe, but decidedly less dangerous. Thy said there was a possibility of someone getting electrocuted by touching a streetlamp :eek:

And a dog or human pissing on it. :)

captainendeavour 28th September 2019 09:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Alcalaina (Post 14957330)
I’m away at the moment but OH reports that a fleet of electricians went round the house and gave it the all clear. It looks like someone from the council may have disconnected the earth on a streetlight when changing a bulb. They are currently dismantling all the streetlights to check!

So my initial “sneaky feeling” was spot on.

Oddly, even though they were also affected, none of the neighbours reported it apart from an English couple up the road. Andalusian fatalism?

Not just Andalucian fatalism. I have found here in VLC that people don't report even quite serious situations.

Nobody was interested in the latch on the street door not allowing the door to close. They simply slammed the door shut so hard that eventually a glass panel shattered. The management eventually 'fixed' the lock and charged us 90€. The fix didn't work. I fixed it.

Nobody was interested in a double-width window on the 2nd floor, left open and, over a windy couple of days, repeatedly blowing shut with an almighty smash, with such force that again, a widow pane shattered - fortunately the pieces falling into the room. I reported it to the management. They did nothing.

There's more like this. My theory is that throughout the Franco era and now ingrained is the attitude that you keep your head well below the parapet. You don't attract the attention of the authorities, especially as everything seems to have to start by reporting to the police - public health, animal welfare, mental health issues ...


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