All's well that ends well
Last week my expected cup of tea hadn't
been delivered to the workshop.
I wandered over to the house to see
if I could speed things up but was informed by my better half
that the kettle had just gone pop!
It's a bright yellow (like this awful
background colour) plastic Morphy Richards in which we invested
a couple of years ago when the last chrome variety bit the dust.
This had been going for donkey's years
and we needed a change.
"Something really fast", I'd
said, and so as an impulse we got this bright yellow one as,
at 3.1kw it had the wattiest element we could find.
Now it gone pop and the water inside
was no warmer than when it had come from the tap.
I studied my supplementary white goods
catalogue "Any Morphy Richard Part Supplied" so I rang
"What's the model number?
" I upended the kettle to see and
poured water down my front before reading the number from the
There was a delay, then
"Are you sure?".
I repeated the performance and noticed
that slightly less water ran down my front.
"That's not listed it'll have to
be a special.
Give us 10 days and we'll send you a
I put down the phone and studied the
plate on the kettle.
This time only a few drops fell to the
"Customer Service Number 0800
"That's free", I thought so
I rang it.
After trying lots and lots of times
the engaged tone finally went away and a nice young lady answered.
"You have to call 0870
for spares, she said".
I rang the number and got an engaged
Much, much later I got through.
"I'd like a 3.1Kwatt, 240 volt
heating element for a
kettle", I said.
There was a lot of clinking of tea cups
in the background and laughter.
"It must be their tea break",
I thought, "their kettle is obviously working OK".
"Wait a moment", a voice said
so I waited, listening to half-heard chatter and chinking of
cups against saucers.
After an age I heard the voice returning
and the nice young lady said.
"That'll be £3.22 including
VAT and postage".
"That sounds very reasonable",
I remarked and supplied my debit card number.
Three or four days later a small Jiffy
I noticed it had a second class pre-printed
stamp and inside was a piece of plastic labelled "Water
I wondered at first if it was possible
that Morphy Richards had invented a unique way of heating water
and saving money on a water filter by combining the two functions
but that was only for a few milliseconds as I realised there
had been a mistake.
Admittedly there was a note to say that,
"part number so and so replaces part number xyz".
Presumably tea break was not a good
time to order spare parts.
The cost of the filter was marked as
82p and post packing and VAT accounted for £2.50.
The second class Jiffy bag had cost
about £2.30 odd!
As it was now Saturday I wasn't too
hopeful when I rang the number on the advice note and of course
I didn't get an answer.
On Monday morning I rang the number
on the advice note about ten times before I got through
to a FAX machine.
I looked at the phone numbers again.
There were only two and both had small
letters indicating "FAX".
I searched for the 0870 number and finally
I rang and got "engaged".
I rang lots and lots of times but when
the number did ring
.it rang and rang and no-one answered
so I rang again and it was engaged.
Then it rang and rang and no-one answered.
I gave up and tried the 0800 number.
It was engaged.
I rang again
and eventually it was answered by a
"if your phone is a
star if you want
.press 1 etc. etc.
"They must have a different system
for Mondays", I thought.
Anyway I pressed "1" and was
rewarded with a nice young lady who listened to my tale of woe.
"Let's see if we have one",
"Yes we've got a heating element
unfortunately it's a bit dearer than
it's £6.92 including VAT and postage".
"That's OK", I said, "shall
I send back the filter.
It'll cost you £2.30 odd for the
"No", she said, "You
can keep it we don't want it back.
It's for your kettle so you might as
well use it".
"What about the money I paid for
it", I said.
"Hold on", was the answer
and after a minute or two she came back
and said "there'll be no charge".
"Thank you very much", I said,
mildly surprised, adding, "By the way can you send it quickly
it's for the workshop kettle and I'm in dire need of a cup of
"I'll see what I can do",
was the reply and the very next morning a 3.1kw element arrived
"first class" in a Jiffy bag with three screws sticking
out where it had been rolled through a post office machine.
CPCs quote hasn't arrived yet but I
bet it'll be a lot more than £3.22!
PS Sorry about this ghastly colour!
This is the closest match to the colour of the Kettle!