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Redbridge pensioner rejected from leaf counting job – but receives surprise gift for hilarious letter

PUBLISHED: 17:00 21 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:28 24 September 2018

Ron Jeffries with his free box of soap goodies.

Ron Jeffries with his free box of soap goodies.

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A mint-minded pensioner who penned a hilarious letter to the boss of a soap manufacturer has received a pleasant surprise.

Ron Jeffries quizzed soap manufacturers Original Source on their claim to pack 3,203 leaves in every bottle of antibacterial hand wash. He even offered to step in as a leaf counter.Ron Jeffries quizzed soap manufacturers Original Source on their claim to pack 3,203 leaves in every bottle of antibacterial hand wash. He even offered to step in as a leaf counter.

Ron Jeffries, 85, of Spearpoint Gardens, had for years pondered his preferred handwash supplier Original Source’s claim that they pack precisely 3,203 mint leaves into their mint and tea tree handwash.

On August 30, he decided to write to the managing director asking: “How, I have to ask can you be certain that there are precisely 3,203 tingling real mint leaves in each and every bottle?

“Who in your organisation counts the leaves?

“Is he or she a permanent member of staff? What is his or her job title?”

Team Original Source sadly did not accept Ron into their elite team of leaf counters but they did give him a box of goodies.Team Original Source sadly did not accept Ron into their elite team of leaf counters but they did give him a box of goodies.

He also asked what variety of mint is used and even offered to stand in as a mint leaf counter should there be ocassional vacancies.

“I would be happy to pop along to Manchester from time-to-time (for there is a good train service from the Metropolis),” he wrote.

“Although this would have to be arranged when my daughter is available to feed Socks (who is my faithful sixteen-year-old cat, in case you wondered).”

Ron recieved a cordial reply from ‘Team Original Source’, thanking him for his concern, yesterday (September 20).

And whats more, he was a given a lovingly packed gift box of goodies.

“The variety of mint we use is the wonderful Mentha Arvensis-chosen for its high yield,” the response read.

“So now onto the million dollar question... YES there are indeed 3,203 Mint leaves in each of our Original Source Mint & Tea Tree Hand wash and 7,927 Minlleaves in each of our Shower Gel bottles.

“Hard to believe I know’ but it’s true! lt’s this amount of mint leaves that packed into each bottle that deliver that unique sensorial hit!”

It continued: “Sadly we can’t invite you to join our counting helpers’

“Counting of the leaves is such a closely guarded secret that we can’t reveal the details, even to such a good friend of Original Source as yourself.”

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