Thursday, 24 July 2008

Revolting wrinklies

There was a story in the local rag last week, which had me scratching my head. It went along the lines of telling us that staff of the Nationwide Building Society in New Milton were being forced to quit their jobs because of the abuse they were suffering from customers.

This, we are told, is because of the "impossible" 20 minute waits that have become normal since the Nationwide took over the Portman and the number of cashiers was reduced from 3 to 2.

Now, to begin with, after Tenerife, I'm thinking, WOW, only 20 minutes! :)

The other thought that rushes across my mind is, just who the hell can these staff be scared of? The overwhelming majority of folk around here are OAPs, mostly in their 80s and beyond. So they might wave their walking frames a bit and their slow moving shopping trolleys get on your tits, but a threat enough to make a grown adult scared or consider quitting a job? Give me strength!

As I was only a couple of doors away from the Nationwide when I was reading this future chip wrapper, I popped my head in the door. It was in the middle of the day, on a busy Wednesday (market day). Well, you can see that there isn't exactly a lengthy queue around the block, but how many customers do you suppose there were inside being inconvenienced enough to revolt?

Yeah, you guessed it, not even one. 

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