Wednesday 12 January 2011

Humour at work

Barry received this email from a friend the other day. He worked with many retired officers of senior rank, several of whom he had appointed, so this anecdote resonated with him.

Charlie, a new retiree greeter at Asda, just couldn't seem to get to work on time. Every day he was 5, 10 or 15 minutes late but he was a good worker, really tidy, clean shaven, sharp minded and a real credit to the company, obviously epitomising their 'Older Person Friendly' policies.

One day the boss called him into the office for a talk.

"Charlie, I have to tell you, I like your work ethic, you do a great job, but your being late so often is quite bothersome."
"Yes, I know boss, and I am working on it."
"Well, good, you are a team player. That's what I like to hear. It's odd though, your coming in late. I know you're retired from the armed forces. What did they say if you came in late there?"
"They said, 'Good morning, Admiral. Would you like some coffee now, sir?'" 


  1. That's wonderful! A perfect reply! I love it.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  2. It has been a while since we came over. Sorry about that. We did miss your lovely posts and are glad now that we have caught up at last.

    Glad u had a beautiful Christmas and a nice New year eve supper.
    Every picture echoes the joy of festivities :)
    Glad Jenna, Frodo n Gus had a good time at their friends.
    How nice opf Winston to stay back to look after the house. Poor Guy, he must have been worried, since it is not an usual occurance.
    He looks very festive and smart in his christmas outfit, though.

    We loved the sheep counting post.We never knew about these numbers!!

    And We mean to circulate that joke about Charlie, if u don't mind! poor Admiral!

    Hope your backache is gone by now.
    Do take care

  3. Mummy says she may have to pass that one on :) xx

  4. Too too funny! I love it! My husband's rank was Commander when he was in the Public Health Service. However, when he retired, he did a lot of volunteer work in my classroom and said he wouldn't have minded working in a hardware store. When you're retired, you can do whatever you enjoy doing.

  5. Hahaha ! I so much would have liked to see the boss'face !

  6. That's good for at least two smiles.

  7. Ha-Ha...rank has its privileges! Thank you for your kind words on my blog, Janice, it is good to be back.

  8. We live in a military area. That joke would be appreciated by all. Made me grin.


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