We’ve seen buildings destroy cars before (usually as a result of idiots driving into them) but we’ve never seen one melt a vehicle – until now. A new London skyscraper, known as the “walkie talkie” has reflected the suns rays onto a parked car, melting parts of it in the process.
Martin Lindsay parked his Jaguar XJ on Eastcheap in the City of London on Thursday afternoon. Upon returning two hours later, he noticed parts of his car, including the wing mirror and Jaguar badge, had melted.
Mr Lindsay, the director of a tiling company, said: “I was walking down the road and saw a photographer taking photos and asked, ‘what’s happening?’
“The photographer asked me ‘have you seen that car? The owner won’t be happy.’
“I said: ‘I am the owner. Crikey, that’s awful.'”
“You can’t believe something like this would happen,” he added. “They’ve got to do something about it.
“It could be dangerous. Imagine if the sun reflected on the wrong part of the body.
“On the windscreen, there was a note from the construction company saying ‘your car’s buckled, could you give us a call?'”
Fortunately for Mr Lindsay, developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf have footed the repair bill, which reached £946.
In a joint statement, they said: “We are aware of concerns regarding the light reflecting from 20 Fenchurch Street and are looking into the matter.”
“As a precautionary measure, the City of London has agreed to suspend three parking bays in the area which may be affected while we investigate the situation further.”