I met some very colourful characters during my years in a weekend
market stall. Some strange requests:
Solder a heavy silver neck chain permanently on the neck; I soldered
the link there and then with no injury to the customer, and with full
disclaimer if it needed to be got off in a hurry.
Make a silver bracelet out of 4mm wire and exactly 2" diameter for
her infant daughter (yeah right), and the bcith never paid.
Make a lead helmet to block out eletromagnetic radiation. (Referred
him to the radiation department at the local hospital).
And a memorable incident - A woman asked me to make an open bracelet
smaller. It was extremely heavy and solid and I could only bend it in
the jaws of the vice. Having done so, she squeezed it on to her wrist
and seemed very pleased, but then she could not remove it. Tried soap
and creme to no avail and she became increasingly agitated to the
point of panic. She was not acting, she nearly ripped her hand off
and her whole body language was quite alarming and infectious, if the
bracelet did not come off soon then the next stop would be the
emergency department or an ambulance. I managed to remove it by
inviting her into the stall, positioning her arm so that one end of
the bracelet could be gripped in the vice, and levering the other end
with a bar. Tragedy averted, palpable relief, and no charge because
the bracelet was back to the origional size. She went off to sit down
and recover, and I needed a spell to recover also.
Aaah those were the days…glad to be rid of them!