Recently, a customer was left stunned after a British Gas engineer used a potato to stop a water leak.

After being there for two hours trying to fix the boiler leak, the customer reported that finally, as a temporary fix, the engineer used a potato to stop the leaking. The homeowner, Richard Pickles described that he stated: “I’m only supposed to be here for an hour.” And then went on to ram a potato on to stop the leak.

Mr Pickles described to the Daily Mail: “The potato was all burnt with the hot water.”

“I rang up the next day to tell British Gas what had happened and another gas fitter came.”

“He sorted the problem in five minutes by turning a screw.”

“We had to laugh but I don’t want the first fitter coming back.”

British Gas stated that this potato fix was not “usual practice”. However, the spokesperson did go on to say that it was done with the “best intention”.

They stated: “I’m really sorry for any alarm felt by Mr Pickles with the temporary repair made by our engineer.”

“Whilst this is not usual practice, the engineer chose this course of action to allow Mr Pickles to be left with heating and hot water on an extremely cold night and return the following day to fix it properly.”

“We would like to highlight that the engineer did this with the best intention and Mr Pickles was never in any danger.”

“However we will be addressing this issue and the engineer will be advised to switch off the boiler in future.”

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So what do you think of this? Have you got any random temporary fixes up your sleeve? Or know of any others like this? Let us know in the comments below.


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