Breakfast At Work

I was at work last Saturday. I don’t mind working Saturday – I get a day off during the week in lieu. One of the things I look forward to on a Saturday is my breakfast. We always order either from the local café or from McDonald’s. Last Saturday it was McDonald’s.

I don’t call myself vegetarian but I eat very little meat. I usually order an egg McMuffin for breakfast from McDonald’s, which is exactly what I did on Saturday.

One of my Muslim colleagues placed the order and delivered my breakfast to me. Telling me that they had put meat on it. In fact there was a label saying ‘no sausage’. When I looked I found a cheeseburger!

I was quite offended by this. More so by the fact that one of my Muslim colleagues had taken charge of getting breakfast. I remember an incident, a few years back, where a manager had bought sandwiches for people and had some left over. She asked a Muslim man if he wanted a sandwich, which he did. However, it was ham. Formal complaints were laid against the manager, even though she was being nice offering the spare sandwiches out that she had paid for.

Why is it that certain people expect respect but don’t want to give it back to others? Why is it that when my colleague saw that it was wrong, why didn’t she say something and ask them to put it right? I ended up paying for something I wasn’t going to eat. I gave it to another colleague.

I found out the same day that another colleague had photos of her child torn up. The photos were on her metal box, which a Muslim colleague placed under the desk and used as a foot rest, tearing up the photos by doing so.

And they wonder why people turn against them.


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A Photo!

‘Can I take the model of the boiler please?’ I asked the gentleman who called in to register his new appliance.

‘I don’t know the model, but my wife has sent me a photo.’ He told me sincerely.

Well how exactly am I going to register a boiler from a photo held by a customer at the other end of the country? Maybe he thought he could describe a square, white box to me and I would, obviously, know exactly which boiler it just happened to be. Or did he think I could actually see this photo while I was on the phone? I don’t yet know of any call centre that does video calling with customers. That would be interesting.

Not to mention that the model and serial numbers are going to be quite small and so they wouldn’t be seen on a photo.

This man was a member of a professional occupation. Certainly a profession that I would expect to know what they were doing. Anything other that would be extremely frightening in his particular career. In fact it doesn’t bear thinking about.

‘Can you help me with a pain I have in my back?’

‘Send me a photo.’


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