Officials at Hotpoint blamed customers who had not properly read the operating instructions after a procession of their new Smart GTX washing machines caused heavy tailbacks on the M11. ‘The temperature and speed dials are clearly different,’ a spokesman said. ‘One is green and shows 30, 40 and 50 degrees C, the other is light green and shows options of 30, 40 or 50 mph.’
One washer-dryer went into a spin on the Great North Roundabout and hit an oncoming fridge-freezer. ‘It was like an aeroplane crash,’ said one witness, ‘there were bits of meat and clothes scattered across a wide area – mind you they were beautifully laundered.’ Police are investigating but are puzzled by the absence of any skid-marks at the scene.
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