I got off the plane from Barcelona at London Stansted. I opened up my phone, took out my Spanish SIM card and replaced it with my British one. I turned my phone back on. Beep beep!
Here is the SMS that welcomed me back to the United Kingdom (click on pictures to enlarge):
Our records indicate you may be entitled to £3250 for the accident you had. To apply free, reply CLAIM to this message. To opt out text STOP.
What accident? I’ve been pretty careful ever since I went off piste at Hillend and broke a finger. Why would I be entitled to compensation for my own stupidity?
Of course there is no accident to speak of. This is a random text from an unscrupulous law firm soliciting potentially lucrative legal cases. The mantra of such people is ‘someone is always responsible for your accident.’
If we wanted to use a pejorative or derogatory term for professionals like these, we would call them ambulance chasers. And although I would normally feel annoyed about an unsolicited text message of this nature, at least I’ll be able to make use of this one the next time I do the Say that grammatically lesson plan on Lessonstream. This requires teaching students about ambulance chasers and compensation culture in order for them to appreciate exactly what Marcus does for a living and why Anne Robinson gives him a hard time in this clip from the Weakest Link.