Lawks a Mercy!
More than a wee bit of time has passed since I awarded my world famous and much coveted "Prats of The Week" Award, it is most surely time to dole out another one.
This week it goes to the numpties in charge of the restaurant at Long Ashton Golf Club in Bristol.
They have sacked Olive Bater, their 83 year old washer up of the past 22 years.
Over the last 22 years (six days a week) Mrs Bater has washed the dishes, estimated at being 3 million pieces in all, at the club without ever taking a single day off sick.
So why have they sacked her?
Can you guess children?
Yes, that's right, health and safety!
Mrs Bater was told that the job posed an "immense" health risk.
As Mrs Bater says:
"All I do is put dishes in a dishwasher, where's the health and safety problems in that?"
Secretary of the club, Victoria Rose said:
"There are immense health and safety issues to take into account in such a potentially dangerous environment."
Errmmm...they are what precisely?
There are thousands of kitchens across the country where humans wash (allegedly) the dishes, are these all to be closed because of health and safety?
A cynic might suggest that they dispensed with Mrs Bater because they deemed her to be "too old", of course I am not a cynic.
Wrt "health and safety" rulings such as this, they are invariably used as the catch all excuse by pen pushing bureaucrats afraid of their own shadows. These people are too gutless to take responsibility for anything at all, and seek to use procedures and imaginary "risks" to hide behind when confronted with having to make any form of decisions.
These people infest every aspect of our lives and, for reasons that I cannot understand, have been entrusted with power over us.
People such as these are the ones who should be sacked!
Long Ashton Golf Club, well deserving Prats of The Week.
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