Hester’s Appliance lends helping hand to exploding washing machine victim

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A local businessman steps forward to help a Fort Mitchell woman who was the unfortunate owner of an exploding Samsung washing machine.

In a News 3 update, Tim Hester with Hester Appliances spoke with reporter Ashley Lewis on the dangers of the recalled washing machines. Norma Thornton experienced the dangerous malfunction first-hand.

As News 3 reported, Thornton bought her brand new washing machine several weeks ago and was doing laundry like any other day when the back suddenly exploded, putting a hole in a wall in her home.

Samsung recalled more than 2 million top-loading washing machines back in November, but for some reason, the model Thornton bought had not yet been taken off the shelves.

After doing the story with WRBL, Hester decided to deliver a happy ending for Thornton.

He tells us he was able to contact the woman in Fort Mitchell and give her a new Whirlpool Cabrio washing machine. The models usually sell for $700 in stores, and around $300 at Hester’s Appliances.

Hester decided to give the appliance to Thornton for the best deal of all: completely free.

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