No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Charles Christian
4 min readMay 1, 2022

Next time you either collect it yourself or it goes to the tip

Of course I’ve always been familiar with the phrase No Good Deed Goes Unpunished but I’d never really thought about it until last week. Here’s what happened…

We had a redundant chest freezer. Perfect working order but something we were never going to use again. Cost about £250 new but there’s really no demand for second-hand white goods. “Dump it,” I suggested. “No,” said my wife Janie, “we’ll put it up for sale on the local online sales forum for £100.”

So we did and we got a taker but then…

“I’m only a poor healthcare worker,” (she was) “and I don’t have a car big enough to transport it,” (she didn’t) “so any possibility you could deliver it?”

We loaded the freezer into a trailer and drove off to deliver it — only to discover she lived in a house at the top of a very steep and narrow drive. Too steep to push or carry the freezer all the way up there. (It’s not tha they are heavy just too big and boxy to easily carry.) So I drove up the drive and unloaded the freezer. Job done. Now I just had to get out of there.

The drive was to narrow to turn around in with the car and trailer and I didn’t fancy reversing down the drive back onto the road, as it was one of those two-wheel trailers that have a mind of…



Charles Christian

Journalist, editor, author & sometime werewolf hunter. Writes, drinks tea, knows things. (he/him) +