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What do all the Brits do for a living these days?
Started by: priscus (6533) Report abuse
Just about every occupation seems to be screaming on news media concerning the shortage of people in their activity.

Doctors to lorry drivers, train drivers to gardeners, chippies, plant operators, fruit pickers, nurses, police, teachers, dentists, tree surgeons, brickies, service technicians, and so on, and on, and on......................

Can we really have become a nation of Betting Shop keepers?
Not all of us, surely are manning nail bars or games arcades.

Posted by: mortarmillbill (399) Report abuse
Too many youngsters are stuck on zero hours contracts

Posted by: PeterP (6537) Report abuse
Too many youngster have no training for 2/3 rds of the jobs

Posted by: priscus (6533) Report abuse
Police Superintendents Assoc. at their conference today, actually proposing drafting in retirees, a la 'New Tricks'!

Posted by: daveİ (3450) Report abuse
Age discrimination could also be a factor, employers not wanting older workers willing to be retrained in other industries.

Posted by: tonker (19477)   Report abuse
Dave, if I made the rules, nobody over pension age would be allowed to hold employment and draw state pension!

That would save the country a few £million a year!

Posted by: tomplum (4769)  Report abuse
I went into Halfords today at Newtown, I went on my bike and noticed there is no where to chain my bike, So i chained it to the handrail up to the reception for the car service dept, I bought my bits I wanted then asked, " is there a manager about i can speak to " the cashier asked, is there a problem, I replied no, not with you or the service, I have a suggestion to make, Ok said the cashier and called her boss,
This young girl/lady came, she was about 25/27 tattooed neck and asked what was wrong, I suggested putting bike lock rails up for customers like me, bike owners, comeing to bike shops to buy stuff and hopefully our bike is still there when we go out,
her reply shows how inexperienced she is
" we can't have them because people steal them," I said well they need fixing proper so they can't steal them, she said, " they come with grinders and cut them off " I walked off shaking my head,
the looneys have taken over,

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (2715) Report abuse
Tom

I have a feeling that she means they steal the bikes from the bike racks by grinding the locks off.

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (2715) Report abuse
Or they doo grind the bike racks to get at the bikes ...

Posted by: tonker (19477)   Report abuse
There's plenty places to chain a bike to at Halfrauds, Tom!

Several trees, lamp-posts and both the Halfrauds and McDonalds signs!!

Posted by: cordyline (4557)   Report abuse
Halfords at Newtown encourage cyclists to take their bikes into the store for safety

Now we know why


I bought a set of screwdrivers there about 15 years ago

Used often and still good; both flat-head and Philips type

Posted by: cordyline (4557)   Report abuse
Halfords

Posted by: cordyline (4557)   Report abuse
Half

Posted by: cordyline (4557)   Report abuse
Hal

Posted by: cordyline (4557)   Report abuse
Ha

Posted by: cordyline (4557)   Report abuse
H

Posted by: mollie m (6229)  Report abuse
Tonker:

Well lad, I still work and approaching my 69th birthday. I only work part-time now and draw my state pension which I've paid into for 53 years. I live alone, have a car to run and all the usual utilities I have to pay. It can't be done on a pension. We can't all afford to drive Porches, chuck.

Posted by: jarvo (28451)  Report abuse
Well said, Mollie.

Tom: What's a tattooed neck got to do with it?

Posted by: tomplum (4769)  Report abuse
What's a tattooed neck got to do with it?


To me it screams out a message, I know I'm old fashioned and times have changed but, If a young girl came for a job with me, having a visible tattoo would guarantee she would not be getting on the short list,

Posted by: PeterP (6537) Report abuse
Tom sign of the timesMore and more people are having tattoos.Over time maybe they will regret having them done but it does not stop that person doing their job

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (2715) Report abuse
I with Tom on this, tattooed women freak me out

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (2715) Report abuse
I mean it's not feminine is it

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (2715) Report abuse
It's Butch



Posted by: tomplum (4769)  Report abuse
Peter, I agree if she was working in a plant or sewing or in a place not being seen but her job is talking face to face to customers, It has a smack of irresponsibility about it, Not something I would expect from a person in a management job,

Posted by: PeterP (6537) Report abuse
Tom go into any supermarket and there will be a member of staff full of tattoos

Posted by: jarvo (28451)  Report abuse
So girls and women working in sewing places can have tattoos and it's acceptable? But not in management jobs?

Why's that then?

Posted by: tomplum (4769)  Report abuse
you either get it or you don't, its horses for courses, I would not want to see my Bank manager sat in his office in a pair of overalls, He can probably still do his job in overalls, but there are standards,

Posted by: nanajacqui (1605)  Report abuse
I don't like to see a woman with tattoos,not keen on seeing men with them either,just my opinion

Posted by: jouell (4457) Report abuse
Well said Mollie.. Many people have to carry on working well past retirement age, just to keep a roof over their head.. I see people over here doing the same.. Good Luck to you Mollie...

Posted by: broady (13569)   Report abuse
NJ,
Just seen a tattooed woman and it looked like a freak show complete with a dozen earrings and nose stud. Drove me to drink.

Posted by: billy (26012)  Report abuse
ya gotta roll wit da punches broady mi lad....dont fergit to hit on da break.

Posted by: broady (13569)   Report abuse
Good to hear from you Billy. Keep well.

Posted by: billy (26012)  Report abuse
same goes fer yaself broady....times a running out on us guys.....say what?

Posted by: nanajacqui (1605)  Report abuse
broady

Posted by: billy (26012)  Report abuse
nanna

Posted by: dja (32) Report abuse
Im one of the lucky ones,having retired at sixty with good pensions, but I have friends who only have the state pension and it's nowhere near enough to live on,i think all of us lucky ones should give up the heating allowance and if they own a vehicle also their bus passes.

Posted by: nanajacqui (1605)  Report abuse
We're the same as you Dave,hubby did 34 years at Heinz & I did 24 years in the Pharmacy before starting my own Business,so yes we're more than comfortable & would forfeit TV License,bus pass,& heating allowance

Posted by: broady (13569)   Report abuse
I have already forfeited all of those things plus all NHS benefits so Lazlo from Poland or Mohammed from where ever can have mine.

Posted by: tomplum (4769)  Report abuse
they will rue the day

Posted by: priscus (6533) Report abuse
I dislike tattoos and piercings, in so much as they are alien to my own personal sense of aesthetics. Not something I would have.

But maybe the person sporting those would find things about me which are counter to their personal aesthetic.

To a degree, seems to be a generational thing.

Have to admit, the nicest person (well at least one of the nicest) I have encountered, is a lass who is covered in tattoos and piercings.

Posted by: retep1949 (399) Report abuse
tomplum ,that is a very funny clip

Posted by: baker boy (13989) Report abuse
TATTOOS there a pain in the neck,i must admit I row in with tom, tattoo,s would put me off employing them.

Posted by: kenee (1979) Report abuse

I had a girlfriend that had a tattoo of a swallow on her shoulder.
I said "Does that mean what I think it means?"
She replied "If you mean does it cover my ex's name: then yes."

 
 
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