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?'"