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    • Okay. The plumber can have a quiet life but you need something from him to describe the installation, and also that the expected life of a copper cylinder would exceed XX years even in the case of corrosion and that corrosion at only five years could not be described as "normal wear and tear" and is likely to be caused by some inherent defect. The fact that the terms and conditions of the warranty are not clear will help you because at the end of the day I think you are in a position simply to say that you understood it was guaranteed and that no terms and conditions were set. That it was absolutely reasonable to expect that if there was a defect in the item then the reparation would include not only the replacement of the cylinder but also all associated costs. I think I've already suggested that you get a couple of written opinions about the expected lifespan of a copper cylinder – even if they can't give you a lifespan, they can certainly comment on corrosion occurring within five years. You are doing all of this for your neighbour. If this runs to a legal action – as it probably will – then your neighbour is going to have to do this. Does your neighbour understand this? The chances of you succeeding in court are extremely high. The chance of this actually going to court are much lower because it is much more likely that they will put their hands up. I would suggest that you might be best off suing the manufacturer and the plumber's merchant together as first defendant and second defendant. If they are sensible, they will pull together on the cost. I'm assuming that a new cylinder has now been fitted – is this correct? Presumably you have the invoices for the purchase and installation of the new cylinder. Presumably the new cylinder which has been fitted is the same or equivalent to the one which corroded so that there is no particular difference in the cost.
    • just says you need access. you need to make it public.   dx
    • it will and it will have a reply pack.   ignore everything unless you get a PAPLOC.   dx  
    • T&Cs are located at https://www.telford-group.com/terms-and-conditions/  - they seem to be rather disorganised, the stainless steel cylinder appears in the t&c and may have been parachuted in to a pre-existing set of terms. Consequently  its not easy to differentiate which paragraphs are relevant. to a copper cylinder. I believe the manufacturer is hiding behind the following.   5.4 e (exclusion) states 'the defect arises as a result of fair wear and tear, (including, but not limited to, corrosion or scale damage) wilful damage, negligence, or abnormal storage or abnormal working conditions;'   The original plumber was helpful to assist (by phone) with the failure, but as he is retired he is likely to prefer a quiet life   The cost of the cylinder itself is in the order of £200, the total cost of replacement was in the order of £600, but the warranty claim is limited to the cost of the cylinder    A picture of the label on the cylinder is attached - orange label simply states 10 Year Warranty - - the dark black and gold  product label says the the cylinder is guaranteed for 2 years - at best it is unprofessional.    
    • Thanks DX. Is it just another fishing letter? Will a letter of claim be titled that? I doubt that for a measly £500 it’s worth their bother to try and make a claim is it??
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Hi all,

 

I am in the worst position ever...

 

Last week I took the bus and thought I sweep the card on the reader but it apparently did not work...

The controlers then said that my card has not been validated and asked for my details which I honestly gave (thought they would ask for proof!)

Anyway today I received a letter from TFL prosecution saying that I may be prosecuted and taken to court!! I have to explain what happened. I said I did not do it on purpose, thought I validated my ticket but it apparently did not work.

I went to Internet and saw that I will have to go to court and will get a criminal record?! For a bus ticket?!

I am French and will leave the UK in 3 weeks as I found a job in banking in Switzerland. I have just posted my contract back to my new employer but I am scared that they will find a criminal record and withdraw their offer.

Please could you let me know how fast the process for court and criminal record goes? Is this internationally recognised?

What can I do to avoid that? Does that mean that I won't get the job in Switzerland?

What is the best solution??

I am desperate and scared...

 

Thank you so much for helping me out

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Swiss banks are unlikely to withdraw an offer of employment to a Frenchman caught without paying a bus fare using an Oyster card. They were not very choosy about accepting deposits from people who got it from all manner of crimes including genocide.

 

In terms of where your 'offence' could end up, I think you are probably in time to pay some form of out of Court settlement.

 

If it does end up in Court, it may be an 'unrecordable' offence that simply does not appear on the criminal record. If it does find its way onto the criminal record, it will be recognised for what it is, a very low level offence, not worth losing an employee who presumably has passed a series of stringent tests and interviews.

 

I recommend that you reply to letters, explaining that you are a foreign visitor to this country, that you thought your Oyster had worked. You might end up having to pay some form of administrative penalty.

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Thank you so much for your reply.

A friend told me I should also call them directly to explain the situation. Do you think I should call them? Will they be able to tell me immediately if we can close the case by paying a penalty only?

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