Windsor Mint Princess Diana memorabilia lands OAP with court threat
FRAIL pensioner Sidney Feasey says he was "worried sick" when a coin and collectable firm sent him letters demanding payment or face court.
The frail 87-year-old was threatened with court action if he did not pay up £109.08 after being sent Princess Diana memorabilia coins and a necklace from Windsor Mint.
He had not ordered the items, but had previously bought from the company.
Mr Feasey and his wife, from Gloucester, received the items two years ago and pleaded with the company to collect the items because they hadn't requested them and didn't them.
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However, the items were never collected because the company does not use a courier service and expects people to post items back.
Two years later, solicitors acting on behalf of the firm ordered him to pay for the items or face court.
Mr Feasey, whose 93-year-old wife Florence recently returned from hospital after suffering a stroke, said: "I was really worried sick about it. I don't mind paying for something that I asked for but I never wanted these items and then they started demanding money.
"I told them if they wanted them back they should come and collect them."
The couple, who have been married for 60 years, came to The Citizen, desperate for help. Within minutes, the solicitors firm SC Gray passed the information back to their client.
A spokesman said: "You can appreciate that when we send out a letter you can't tell if the person is 19 or 90.
"We will return the account to the client and explain that he is elderly."
A worker from Windsor Mint then phoned the paper to explain: "We do send out further items to our customers. We are not able to collect them but we offer to pay the postage of returning them. We have frozen the account so nothing further will happen but if Mr Feasey can at some point return the items in the future we would appreciate it."
Sidney said: "I'm so pleased and relieved. I don't know what we would have done without The Citizen's help. I just hope this isn't happening to other elderly people."