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I always thought my parents were quite strict, but I can't think of anything they actually banned me from doing, whereas a good friend was under no circumstances allowed to watch ITV because of the adverts.

This week's Time Out mentions some poor sod who was banned from sitting in the aisle seats at cinemas because, according to their mother, "drug dealers patrol the aisles, injecting people in the arm."

What were you banned from doing as a kid by loopy parents?

(, Thu 8 Mar 2007, 12:37)
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Two things…

Firstly, I was interviewing staff for a dead-end call centre job in Bristol, basically, if you turned up and could spell your own name and had English as a language you were vaguely familiar with, I'd take you on.

Anyway, owing to the nature of the calls these monkeys would be taking, a shift system was in place, with the late shift finishing at midnight.

So, I interview this lad, I think he was about 20(ish) and came across as a bit of a geezer, bundles of confidence and seemed to have the enthusiasm that would keep him happy with the job for about 3 months, rather than the usual '3 weeks'.

I'm wrapping up the interview and I'm explaining the salary, benefits and the shift system and the conversation went like this.

ME: Well, that's pretty much that, you've impressed during the IV, and I'd like to offer you a job
BLOKE: Cool although I can't confirm today if I'll be able to take it.

(Now I thinking he wants more money or he's got another offer on the table).

ME: OK, is there anything you'd like me to confirm before you leave to help you with the decision?
BLOKE: Oh, it's nothing like that, it's just that I need to speak to my Mum and Dad first as if these shifts don't finish until midnight, I'll need them to OK it, as I have to be home by 10pm during the week, they think that 10pm is late enough for anyone to be out at night.

Honestly - if you have parents like that, and you are in your early 20's - don't tell anyone - especially if you have just been interviewed by them.

As it happens, he accepted the job and his dad picked him up when the late shift finished.

In other news….. I've got a mate who wasn't allowed to go swimming with school, 'in case they want us to go in the deep end' (his mum had this theory that you'd not get into any difficulty if you stayed in the shallow end.)

Some people are right mentalists.
(, Tue 13 Mar 2007, 16:45, closed)

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