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Looking Back: Looking back

Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 20 April 2001
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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Bill Lindop, owner of a service station in Minden, fashioned a nice car seat and placed it outside of the front window.

Here the chap who looked after servicing cars in need of gas, oil, water and other necessities would sit. The seat also served as a place customers could be seated while waiting for their cars that were in the shop for major servicing.

It seemed a few local men, who generally frequented the Dominion Hotel, decided this was a good place to sit and solve local and world problems, among other things. As a result, customers were deprived of a place to sit while waiting for their cars.

Finally, Bill hit on a method to make the car seat available only to those who it was originally intended for,

He took the seat into the garage one night and wired it with bare copper wire and hooked the wiring up to a six-volt battery. He then attached a power switch that could be activated at will.

It wasn't long before unwanted squatters sat down on the seat when Bill, or one of his mechanics, would flip the switch and "zap", the men would jump up a foot or two from the shock they were treated to.

As a result, the problem of unwanted folks sitting on the seat soon ended and it became available to those who were entitled to sit there.

Many were the laughs the staff was treated to watching fellows jump up and grab the seat of their pants and scratch a little.

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Looking Back: Looking back