London “Walkie-Talkie” Skyscraper Melts Bits of Car
Imagine heading out to run some errands and returning to find parts of your car had melted down? That was the case for Martin Lindsay when he parked his Jaguar on Eastcheap in London, reports BBC News.
The 37-story skyscraper, nicknamed the “Walkie-Talkie” because of its shape, has been fingered as the possible culprit due to the sun reflecting off of the curve of the building.
Lindsay parked his car and when returning two hours later he ran into a photographer taking photos on the street. Lindsay inquired as to what was going on and apparently the photographer turned to Lindsay saying, “Have you seen that car? The owner won’t be happy.”
Lindsay was the owner.
He told BBC News that the construction company left a note on his windshield saying: “Your car’s buckled, could you give us a call?”
Ah, that was nice of them to leave a note at least.
Buckled, as in busted, translates into the car’s side mirror, panels and Jaguar badge melting. The parts appear warped, which you can see here.
Developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf released a joint statement saying: “We are aware of concerns regarding the light reflecting from 20 Fenchurch Street and are looking into the matter.”
In the short-term, the City of London has temporarily prohibited parking in nearby areas to avoid this happening to anyone else’s automobile.
The developers have picked up the £946 bill to repair Lindsay’s Jaguar.
But, who is going to take responsibility for this poor lemon?
Okay, you get the point … the reflection is pretty hot and acting as a menace.
The building is still under construction, hopefully there is an easy fix.
Have you ever gotten into a tiff with a skyscraper?