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In a week where it emerges that the new Health Secretary is a fan of the hocus-pocus that is homeopathy, tell us about people who are spectacularly out of their depth in a job. Have you ever found yourself wallowing in your own incompetence? Tell us. (Note: "Name of football manager/politician - nuff said" does not constitute an answer)

(, Thu 6 Sep 2012, 12:48)
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I have started taking my kids swimming as a cheaper way to get them to learn to swim (and it also has the added bonus of me being able to try and work off some of the flab I have gained). A few weekends ago I was at the local swimming pool and managed to see something mentioned in a previous QOTW by other users, the family that turn up and leave their clothing in a cubicle .

While I was in the midst of doing the whole blow up armbands for the two youngest kids of mine when said family left the (Still full of clothes) cubicle. The mother turned to the eldest of her brood and shouted at him in local chav drawl ĎíOy Bradley you forgot the signíí (obviously her instructions came with swearwords). Young Bradley nipped in to the changing room and whipped out a cardboard made out of order sign that he blu-tacked to the front of the changing room cubicle door and then shot off to join his mum and elder spawn. Naturally as a polite non confrontational English bloke I did the whole tut and wonder how someone could think to remember to bring a sign and blu-tack to a swimming pool but not a £1 that would be returned to you after the locker was opened again but another witness to this event took a rather different approach.

The guy who had been towelling himself off (ooh err) went into a full rant, dressing and storming out of the room muttering about going to get a member of staff. I will admit that I did take a little extra time in getting the kids ready just to see what happened next and in some sort of twisted way I am kind of glad I did.

Angrybloke returns with bloke in polo shirt bearing name of the swimming pool. Angrybloke shows the clothes in the cubicle, explains the situation (With the backing from a couple of people who had seen what had happened), the trouble is the guy he was speaking to didnt seem to be able to understand the situation and Angrybloke started to lose the plot a little.

Angryguy: just take the sodding sign off and throw the sodding clothes in the skip

Poolguy: Sorry mate, I canít the sign says its out of order


Poolguy: Look sorry mate but I donít know what to do with signs, thatís not something I deal with sorry mate

Angryguy: Donít call me ďmateĒ sunshine, just because I donít teach you anymore you should still address me as sir

Poolguy: I left your school a long time ago and I donít know what to do with the sign.

Angryguy: You are the most senior person here?

Poolguy: Yup, we have a few staff members on holiday but Iím in charge for now

Angryguy: This place really has gone to the dogs! Sort this out and kick them out for taking up space illegally

Poolguy: I really really canít do that. Have to speak to the caretaker first, he deals with the maintenance and might know what to do with the sign.

Angryguy: ITS NOT YOUR SODDING SIGN.......Sod this, I will do something about it myself!

(Rips off sign and tears it up and then gets coin from pocket , grabs all clothes from cubicle and stuffs them into a locker)

Angryguy: Ha! Lets see them get it now

(Locks locker and strolls out of complex with key while poolguy looks on stupidly)

I went swimming with my kids but managed to see chavella and her sprogs arguing with the same poolguy as we left the place later on as poolguy had no idea where the spare locker keys where and was going to ring someone to find out.

I think that this is a two for one story really as both Poolguy and Angrybloke were both in the wrong job. Poolguy was pretty useless and should not have been left in charge of a place he knew little about and as for angrybloke, I donít think he should be allowed to teach kids with a temper like that (The sad thing is that this happened during the summer holidays so itís not like he had a stressful week at work or anything).

Apologies for length, I blame the temperature of the pool water.
(, Wed 12 Sep 2012, 12:18, closed)
Pool attendant in 'thick as shit' SHOCKER!
More on pages 6, 7 and 8.
(, Wed 12 Sep 2012, 12:22, closed)
Nah ....
I'm with Angryguy on this one. Fuck 'em .... out of order sign indeed ! Fuck 'em !
(, Wed 12 Sep 2012, 14:31, closed)
If I'd spent my career trying to teach utter dipshits,
then run into one during my free time, I'd feel quite justified in getting angry.
(, Wed 12 Sep 2012, 15:05, closed)
I'm also with angry bloke on this one.
I also think that sort of no nonsense attitude is exactly the sort of bloke who should be a teacher.
(, Wed 12 Sep 2012, 15:43, closed)
I did think that it was annoying but not *that* annoying to claim a cubicle
Then I twigged that it was a unisex area and the cubicles must be the only place to get privacy. So the "Out of Order" sign wasn't just cheeky but downright antisocial.
(, Wed 12 Sep 2012, 17:02, closed)
It wasn't Gordon Brittas was it?
(, Wed 12 Sep 2012, 17:37, closed)

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