Cry-Baby of the Week

Cry-Baby: Marjorie Evans

Cry Baby of the Week

The incident: A power company in Waikanae dug up the street for some power line maintenance and for some reason her phone stopped working fro several days.

The appropriate response: Check with the neighbours if they were affected as well, as to borrow their phone to call the lines company/Telecom to log a fault

The actual response: She did nothing for days, spent Christmas alone, and then went and moaned to the newspaper desperate for a filler for their Christmas news and sat there holding up a her $22.94 Dick Smith el cheapo phone making a sad face will some poor putz took a photo of her.

Tidings of comfort and joy were in short supply over the Christmas holiday period for Waikanae pensioner Marjorie Evans.

Her phone lay silent for days and she was left to contemplate the terrible prospect that her family had forgotten about her.

They, meanwhile, were getting increasingly worried about what had happened to the 85-year-old because their phone calls were going unanswered.

By Boxing Day, they were concerned enough to call neighbours and to get the police around to check on her.

As it turned out, she was fine, but was unaware of a fault stemming from powerline maintenance in Winara Ave that left her without power to her phone for about a week.

“I just couldn’t believe it,” Mrs Evans said. “I thought my family had had enough of me. They don’t love me any more.

“It was a horrible thought. It’s taken me a couple of days to get over it.”

The ordeal was quite distressing, she said, and she felt lines company Electra should have checked her phone was working again after it carried out maintenance work outside her home on December 19.

“They should realise there are people around my age down this street and they need to be checked just to make sure everything is working.”

Ordeal? Barely. Doesn’t she talk to her neighbours?

With line rental and her advanced age I’ll bet you she gets bugger all calls and would probably save money going onto a prepay mobile option.

Waikanae is also hardly a remote place…more than 10,000 people live there.

Is Marjorie deserving of a Cry-Baby award?


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