LONDON, England: A British property developer said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) it was investigating after sunrays reflected from its half-finished London skyscraper melted parts of several cars, including a luxury Jaguar. Londoners have been shielding their eyes from the blinding glare bouncing off 20 Fenchurch Street—nicknamed the “Walkie Talkie” because of its flared shape—while several drivers have complained that the beams have melted parts of their vehicles. Local businessman Martin Lindsay said he was distraught when he returned to his parked Jaguar XJ near the glassy tower in London’s financial district to find the car’s panels had warped along one side, while the wing mirror and Jaguar emblem on the front of the car had melted. “On the windscreen, there was a note from the construction company saying ‘your car’s buckled, could you give us a call?’” Lindsay told the BBC.
Located in London’s financial district, the tower has now been unofficially renamed the “Walkie Scorchie,” while others are dubbing it a “fryscraper.”