The Weird Workplace

|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/28/2016


LONDON, U.K. — Signs at museums often say, “Please don’t touch,” but one waiter didn’t quite get the message when he or she accidentally knocked the thumb off of a Roman statute at a London museum, according to the Telegraph. A spokesperson for the British Museum said it took the “unfortunate incident” seriously but said the famous “Townley Venus” had been fully restored by conservators and the work was “straightforward.” The statue, described as “one of the British Museum’s most important Roman sculptures,” dates from the first or second centuries A.D. and is a marble copy of a fourth-century B.C. Greek Venus. Named after collector Charles Townley, it was found in Rome in 1775 and sold to the museum in 1805. “We have taken the incident seriously and have retrained all individuals responsible for events,” said a museum spokesperson, adding staff have been reminded to be “fully practiced in moving themselves around historical objects” while being “always conscious of the potential risks.”