M&Ms turn down the chance to be the candy featured in E.T.

M&Ms turn down the chance to be the candy featured in E.T.

  One of the better known tales from the world of business blunders is the infamous story of the time M&Ms turned down a golden opportunity to be the treat that was used to lure E.T. out from his hiding place and into our hearts.   Steven Spielberg’s 1982 blockbuster earned a reputed $792 million…

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Letter of enquiry regarding likely cause of absence – Tree Surgeon

Letter of enquiry regarding likely cause of absence – Tree Surgeon

  Doctor’s name: Dr. Bryan Kaplinsky                     Date 02/02/2017 Address: Bellfield Hill Surgery, Bellfield Hill, Blackmore, Somerset PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF THIS LETTER IF THERE IS LIKELY TO BE ANY DELAY IN REPLYING Re: Length of absence Name: Thomas Simpleton To administer Statutory Sick Pay, and the Company’s sick pay scheme, and to plan the…

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Elisha Gray misses out on owning the telephone patent by two hours

Elisha Gray misses out on owning the telephone patent by two hours

  Everybody knows the telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell, but what a lot of people don’t know is that someone else also had a design for a slightly different version but wasn’t able to register it speedily enough.   The gentleman’s name in question was a certain Elisha Gray. He was born in…

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W1nners’ Club Problem Page – Compassionate Leave

W1nners’ Club Problem Page – Compassionate Leave

  Dear Darcus, One of my team has just sent me an email asking for compassionate leave because their pet hamster died this morning. Apparently the hamster got electrocuted when it broke free from its cage before attempting to nibble the wire on the satellite TV box in the team member’s front room. The hamster…

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How to handle a hostage situation if a disgruntled ex-employee hijacks your office

How to handle a hostage situation if a disgruntled ex-employee hijacks your office

  Letting a staff member go is never a happy moment in any manager’s career (depending on who it is being let go of course). Whether it’s a result of redundancies or dismissal – taking away a person’s ability to feed and shelter themselves and their family is not a decision that can ever be…

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You’ve just been sacked………why not become an American Football Player?

You’ve just been sacked………why not become an American Football Player?

  Not having a job can be one of the most trying times in your life, but the best advice we can give you is to be flexible with the choices you make in terms of resurrecting your career. Whatever the reason was behind your previous employer getting rid of you, there are always new…

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Trump blames US bacon shortage on Muslims

Trump blames US bacon shortage on Muslims

  US President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning the sale of all bacon in the United States to members of the Muslim community.   The move has sparked confusion at supermarkets, butchers and deli counters across the US – not least because the consumption of pork is not practiced by members of…

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HBOS fraudsters hoping to avoid drug-fuelled sex parties in jail

HBOS fraudsters hoping to avoid drug-fuelled sex parties in jail

  Convicts in the HBOS fraud trial are hoping to avoid any drug-fuelled sex parties when they arrive in prison.   Despite drugs being more readily available in jail than they are at the average pharmacist, the senior bankers involved in the trial are ironically, hoping to stay out of trouble for the full term…

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Boohoo.com says allowing staff to smile at work is not reflective of the brand

Boohoo.com says allowing staff to smile at work is not reflective of the brand

  Boohoo.com says allowing staff to smile at work makes a mockery of the company name and anybody that wants to walk around wearing a massive grin should go and work at McDonalds.   An episode of Dispatches looking into Britain’s cheap clothing industry suggested worker’s contracts are ended after “three strikes”, that are dished…

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The Office Printer Prank

The Office Printer Prank

    There’s a sales guy at my work who has his own printer in his cubicle and one day I noticed it was also available as a networked printer, so every few weeks for about two years I would send a Microsoft Word document to his printer so it looked like the printer was…

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