A penniless pensioner from west London paid for a life-saving heart operation with a fake cheque. Retired painter and decorator Roy Thayers was facing a nine-month wait on the NHS to get an angioplasty. Instead, the 77-year-old wrote out a cheque for almost £9,000 for a private operation at Hammersmith Hospital - despite only having £10 in the bank. He is now paying back the remaining amount of £6,481 in £25 instalments. He will be 99 by the time it is repaid. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/5234656.stm Good for him ! People are calling this guy a thief, but after working all his life, and paying in all those NI contributions, he deserved to be treated better than that.