According to no less an authority than Danny Baker, this story is absolutely true.
Harrods in the sixties employed someone to be sacked- surely the best job in the world.
Apparently the employee was paid to sit among the boxes on Harrods top-floor smoking his pipe and reading the Sporting Life. From time to time a bell would ring and he would be summoned to a department where an irate customer was being mollified by the Head of the Department.
Let us say today that Lady Ponsonby-Waffles has discovered one of the precious china teacups she recently purchased is chipped.
The Department Head greets our friend with “Lady Ponsonby-Waffles is a most valued customer, your failure to check the quality of her china cups has led to her current predicament, you sir are fired”
Despite Lady Ponsonby-Waffles pleas for mercy, the Head cannot be swayed. Our friend slopes disconsolately to the exit. Lady Ponsonby-Waffles…
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