$15,000 pipedream – very expensive nap

The restoration of a church’s 130-year-old organ has been delayed because four delicate pipes were first-churches-exteriordamaged when a visitor napped on them. The 18-foot pipes were among about 50 stored in the basement at First Churches in Northampton during the sanctuary’s renovation. The congregation traces its history to the 17th century, and was home to 18th century preacher Jonathan Edwards.

Never would anyone dream that taking a nap might cost someone $15,000 ! But Rev. Peter Ives estimates the damage to some pipes from a 130 year old pipe organ repairs may cost the church that much. But he says the organ can be played without the pipes.
He is a homeless man who was in the church for a job counseling meeting mistook the pipes for rolled-up rugs and slept on them. The church will not press charges.

Man’s untimely nap damages church’s organ pipes November 12, 2008


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