Ex stuntman's anger over mum's phone being cut offBy Jonathan Low
October 11, 2012
The stuntman son of a 91-year-old former Land Girl joked about calling in Kevin Costner and Harrison Ford to raid BT after they twice cut off her emergency lifeline.
Vic Armstrong, who played Harrison’s stunt double in the first three Indiana Jones films, wanted to call in his film star pals after BT cut off his mum Anne’s phone line, meaning the emergency pendant she wears round her neck would not work.
He said: “My first instinct was to get Costner and Harrison a few of my stunt old friends and form a New ‘Expendables’ team and raid BT! I guess it would not achieve much, but it would give mum something else to add to her Land Army talks.”
Anne, of Carters Hill in Binfield, was left panicking and worried after her phone was disconnected, first for a week and then a day, after BT had claimed she had not paid her bills.
She said: “I couldn’t communicate with the outside world; it was really worrying. I need the phone line because I wear a pendant which I need to press if I fall over.
“I was panicking because I wasn’t able to contact anyone – it was very annoying and worrying.”
Anne has her bills taken care of
by her daughter-in-law Wendy, but despite sending the payment, Anne received a call telling her she had not and subsequently had the line cut until BT were notified of the problem.
She then received another letter saying the account had not been paid and the line was cut once more, but the problem was this time resolved within 24 hours.
Vic, who also lives in Carters Hill, said: “It was a very frustrating time for my mother.
“I think it is a passive/aggressive way to get us to use direct debit.”
Anne is still very independent and gives several talks a month to groups about her experiences in the Land Army during the Second World War.
She gives all of her earnings from the talks to the Chiltern Air Ambulance.
Last year, she raised £1,500 and has reached £700 so far this year.
Stuntman Vic enjoyed a career in action films including Superman II and III, Mission Impossible III and several James Bond films. He now focuses on co-ordinating stunts, and travels the world working on sets.
A BT spokeswoman said: “BT is sorry for the distress caused by the temporary suspension of service to this customer. We are going to arrange for Mrs Armstrong’s details and vulnerabilities to be added to our system and advise the family of the best options going forward.
“We would also strongly recommend them changing to direct debit to help resolve some of the recent payment issues.”