Unwanted work colleagues

Two year old cross heifer
A fat heifer. Yesterday.

This is an offshoot of today’s Scaryduck Vote-Winning Story-A-Thon. Scary’s tale of a useless, loud-mouthed office heifer reminded me of someone who left our employ about 6 months ago.

Let’s call her… Lisa. Not to be confused with the other two Lisas here, one of whom departed of her own free will (and is gorgeous) and the other who still works here (who is also gorgeous). No, this Lisa was a minger of the highest order. And the world’s greatest bullshitter. Sadly also the world’s worst trainer which is a shame, as that was her job.

I was first introduced to her when I joined the company 4 1/2 years ago. I had to sit through 2-3 weeks of her training courses to gain some knowledge of the software I was working with. I’ll tell you, the things she had done in the past… Very impressive for a rather unattractive woman with the figure of a huge beachball full of half-set jelly.

Far be it from me to insult people based on their size. As anyone who knows me will vouch, I prefer a lady with the fuller figure. In fact, I have dated women larger than this person. But it’s the individual who makes a difference and Lisa was a fat, ugly, annoying bint. As opposed to a cuddly, pretty, fun-loving person – which she would have been with someone else’s brain in there.

Anyway, over the course of the years she fed us so much bull crap I began to think she was trying to grow roses in the office. A handful of examples:

  • Her dad had trained the SAS in sniping
  • Her dad had been a fireman
  • In fact, her dad had done so much that I doubt he held a job down for more than 3 days at a time
  • She was once an Olympic-standard swimmer until she broke her back in a freak gym accident when a qualified trainer forced her to bend over too far
  • She was developing a brain tumour
  • Her ex-fiance’s dad was the owner of KLM and bought her a £50,000 engagement ring which she returned when they broke up
  • He also bought her a Ducatti seven billion cc motorbike as a birthday present when they were on holiday in Italy. She test-drove it on the Ducatti test track
  • She got caught speeding on said bike, but the policeman who pulled her over said he’d let her off if he could have a go. He turned up on her doorstep a couple of days later
  • Her gran lived in a crappy house in a crappy area, but kept over a hundred grand under the mattress
  • She got Bon Jovi to sing Happy Birthday to a friend of hers at a gig once

There was more. I’ll spare you.

What amazed me was the vast amount of negative feedback we got from her training courses. “Spends more time over lunch than she does on lessons” was one. “Far too much time talking about herself and not enough on inventory management” another. My old boss tried to get rid of her, I believe. For some reason she never shifted.

I spoke to customers on site who wanted training but wouldn’t come back if they were getting her. A waste of money, in their opinion. The only person who remotely equalled her in terms of customer revulsion was the MD at the time.

Like someone else on Scary’s blog comments, she also always believed she was in on the joke when usually she was the butt of it. I was unfortunate enough to sit opposite her for about a year, putting up with her endless butting into conversations and humming bloody pop songs.

One day she leaned over my partition and said, “Iain? Can I ask your opinion?”

Quick as a flash, my mouth responded before my brain had time to come up to speed.

“Yep. You’re fat, you’re ugly and you smell.”

Deafening silence. Broken briefly by Stuart’s jaw hitting his desk and Jason spurting coffee up the wall.

I have gone down in legend for that. Even the PA’s mum knows me as “the guy who told Lisa she was fat, ugly and smelled” and I’ve never even met the woman.

Sadly (ha!) she was kicked out on what has since become known as Black Friday, when they culled about 10 of our staff. Unsurprisingly, we had a sudden upsurge in training very shortly after she departed. Enough, in fact, that over 2 weeks as a direct result of customers knowing they’d not be getting her we made enough profit to cover her termination settlement. Think how much we’d have made if we’d binned her 2-3 years earlier.

It seems like every office has one. I can honestly say I’m glad we no longer do.

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They are out to get you

This journal entry should scare the hell out of any American who reckons they actually have free speech. Isn’t it nice to know that if you post an opinion on a public forum and someone else then posts a follow-up deemed as “threatening” to the monkey that runs your country, you can get a visit from the secret service? As a result, your civil liberties are restricted and you could be subject to a “no-fly” imposition at any time, and that your house and property can be searched with no warning? And all because you have an opinion.

I also spotted a comment on Scary‘s blog about a young kid who was suspended from his high school for wearing a t-shirt with “Bush: International Terrorist” printed on it. First Amendment? What First Amendment?

I had a quick check and the Fourteenth Amendment protects the rights of the First Amendment from interference by local government, who I’d assume are the ones in charge of the school.

Of course, there’s probably a hidden Eighty-Sixth Amendment which states that as long as he keeps up the payments, nobody’s allowed to disagree or slag off Dubya.

Thank fuck I’m English and not subject to that bollocks. Until Blair finally freaks out totally and declares us as the 47th state (the US has 46 states and 4 commonwealths (Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia), not 50 states).

Oh, unless I wear a “Jesus is a Cunt” t-shirt in which case I can be prosecuted under blasphemy laws as christianity is the only religion protected. I can quite merrily insult Buddha (hey, they’re all peace-loving so I’d not even get harrassed) or Allah (if I had a death wish, especially living in Bradford).

Mistaking the headlines again

It says a lot about my opinion of western politics when I see the headline ‘Warlord’ denies torture charges and the first person I think of is Dubya.

I heard last night that five British Muslims who were held at Camp X-Ray are suing the US Govt for £5.5million each. There are various charges – false arrest, torture, breach of their human rights, false imprisonment and so forth.

They reckon they have the proof they need as memorandums apparently allowing this “behaviour” were released to the public a few months ago and all were signed by Donald Rumsfeld. Such a shame Dubya didn’t scrawl his “X” across them.

In another story, Blair unveils new nuisance powers. Am I the only one picturing Blair in a leotard with a bright red cape, showing off these new nuisance powers? See him magically make your tax cash disappear! With a flash of his super-nuisance grin, he unzips Bush’s fly and swallows deep – shafting our country at the same time! Amazing!

Hmm. Or not.