LOL - that sounds like Alex!!
So we have the tea ladies hostage now and will be serving up tea for free to anyone who calls.... Alex has a special agreement with them you see - something to do with: he'll keep them in work as long as they service his Maksi on a regular basis.
I really don't encourage this kind of behaviour, but what can I say, Alex is his own crazy man!
Holy crap how did I miss this devine corner of ECF? Great news Tim, there's no getting rid of me now