"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)

Monday, July 18, 2005

Dickensian 

It's nice to know that our good friends the Brits can be just as asinine as we can, when they really put their minds to it:
Staff at a Hull IT firm were told they could not observe the two-minute silence for victims of the London bombings - unless they deducted the time from their lunch hour.

According to an e-mail leaked to the Mail, staff at Zeda Limited were told their Nottingham head office "did not recognise" the official silence, marked by millions of people across the UK at midday yesterday.

But Zeda's managing director today denied it had been company policy, claiming a Hull manager sent out the "unauthorised" e-mail to staff as a "genuine mistake". Yet workers were shocked by the apparent lack of respect for the 54 people who died and 700 who were injured in last Thursday's four terrorist blasts.

One employee, who did not want to be named, said: "It's a disgrace. It takes people longer to go to the toilet or have a cigarette, which we're allowed to do, than it would to respect the silence."

It's nice to know that these folks can still urinate on company time; I'm sure that the smoke breaks will soon be a thing of the past, however. I wonder - what would have happened if employees would have simply smoked quietly for two minutes?

 

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