Soon the cheeky yet menacing Liverpudlian call of ‘Can I look after yer car, Mister?’ that has been so familiar to visiting motorists could be no more, as the job is handed over to a call centre in Bangalore.
Under the new system boards by the roadside invite drivers to ring a dedicated hotline to place their protection order. This currently costs 50p per minute, though charges can be varied by up to 5,000%.
‘The helpline sounds good in practice but then you’re kept on hold for ages while six-year-olds with flick knives circle you,’ complained Trevor Willis. ‘The staff in India are ever so polite, but some of them have such thick accents I can’t understand a word they say. It’s almost as bad as talking to Scousers.’