Ungenius in History 2: The Least Successful Saving

22 Oct

LampIn view of our modern preoccupation with all things environmentally friendly, we might side with the Bramber Council who opted to turn off the lights for three days. Unfortunately their motivation was cost-saving, and that was where their complete stupidity got Stephen Pile’s attention:

In 1974 Bramber Parish Council decided to go without street lighting for three days as a saving. Afterwards the parish treasurer was pleased to announce that, as a result, electricity to the value of £11.59 had been saved. He added, however, that there was an £18.48 bill for switching the electricity off and another of £12.00 for switching it on again. It had cost the council £18.89 to spend three days in darkness.

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