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#606662 - 23rd Oct 2011 12:27pm Mythical Mangles
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In 1843 households in the area were issued with a warning to be on the look out for a pack of cunning criminals quick to target the gullible. Locals were warned against a gang of women knocking at wealthy properties and enquiring as to whether what clothes were ready for the mangle. If questioned as to the whereabouts of the regular washerwoman, suspicions were calmed by stating that she was either otherwise engaged elsewhere or too unwell for work. In one particularly brazen case a crafty thief waited in the owner’s kitchen a full fifteen minutes before making off with numerous articles of clothing never to be seen again oshocked



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#606666 - 23rd Oct 2011 12:37pm Re: Mythical Mangles [Re: DanLongman]
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She looks like her face has been through a mangle. Crime was an issues back in the day aswell I see!
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#606671 - 23rd Oct 2011 12:46pm Re: Mythical Mangles [Re: Sanchez]
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She looks like her face has been through a mangle.


...scrubs up nice though.

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#606682 - 23rd Oct 2011 12:58pm Re: Mythical Mangles [Re: DanLongman]
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It does dosent it scrub up nice
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#606692 - 23rd Oct 2011 1:17pm Re: Mythical Mangles [Re: Geekus]
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They would certainly have had more reasons to perform those type of scams in those days, the social food chain being what it was and keeping in mind the lack of welfare help.
I suppose its similar to the modern day scam set up by bogus charity's leaving plastic bags to fill up with unwanted clothes.

Scrubs up well though Geekus, I'm losing the will to live,
anyway thats me off my soapbox.
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#606710 - 23rd Oct 2011 1:44pm Re: Mythical Mangles [Re: bert1]
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What was that other scam (back in the 1980's) when Social Security allowed people to claim hundreds of £££'s from the Social Fund for alleged 'stolen washing' from back gardens?

Even with welfare help some people try to milk it.

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#606922 - 23rd Oct 2011 7:38pm Re: Mythical Mangles [Re: DanLongman]
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Some one who performs a scam is a THIEF, ROBBER,{CRIMINAL} be it these days or in the days of no social food chain, welfare or out else.
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