The Weird Workplace

A collection of unusual and quirky stories from across Canada and the world

The Weird Workplace
Nova Scotia cleaners shined up the wrong house — and were nearly arrested for their mistake. Credit: djmilic (Shutterstock)

MAKING A CLEAN GETAWAY

UPPER TANTALLON, N.S. — Two women in Halifax came close to being arrested recently — just for doing their job. The close call came about after a suspicious woman phoned her absent neighbour to tell her two women had just entered her home, according to the Canadian Press. The homeowner then reported the “suspicious” intruders to police, but when officers arrived, they instead discovered a very clean house. “These ladies showed up, cleaned up, and left without knowing it was the wrong house,” said Cpl. Dal Hutchinson of Halifax district RCMP. “Nothing was taken, nothing was disturbed, just the house was cleaned up.” Apparently the cleaners had mistaken the house for another and had managed to enter the home because the door was left open for a dogwalker. The women apologized later, said police, who reminded residents to always lock their doors.

HISTORY ‘LESSON’

SODDY-DAISY, TENN. — An assistant principal at a Tennessee school got into hot water recently when he blamed girls for “pretty much ruining everything.” Jared Hensley made a video for students explaining a new dress code, saying athletic shorts were no longer allowed: “If you really want someone to blame, blame the girls, because they pretty much ruin everything. They ruin the dress code… Ask Adam, look at Eve… you can really go back to the beginning of time. It’ll be like that for the rest of your life, get used to it.” One alumni from Soddy Daisy High School called the comments “deplorable” but some students said they supported Hensley and didn’t think the video was “severe enough” for him to be fired, according to WCTV, an affiliate of ABC. The principal of the school apologized for the inappropriate comments, saying they were not representative of the school, and Hensley was placed on paid leave while the school district investigated.

BE LIKE A CHICKEN

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron also landed himself in hot water recently. At a public event, he was asked by Frenchman Jonathan Jahan about how to find a job, and the exchange was caught on video. “If you’re keen and motivated, in the hotel trade, cafés, restaurants, construction even — there’s nowhere I go that people don’t tell me they’re looking to hire,” said Macron. “Honestly... if I cross the road, I can find you something. They simply want people who are ready to work.” But many viewers questioned the president’s blunt advice, and whether it was right for him to point out a mismatch between a French unemployment rate of nine per cent and thousands of unfilled vacancies, according to Reuters.

PAYING FOR NAP TIME

LONDON — The news is filled with stories of overworked, exhausted and stressed-out workers. But there may be a solution in London, U.K., at least. Busy people looking for a place to collapse can now rent out a sleep pod for 15 pounds (C$25) per hour. The rooms feature dark walls, ear plugs, an eye mask and a lavender aroma to help residents relax, according to Reuters. The problem is people are tired all the time and coffee and tea just aren’t enough, according to Mauricio Villamizar, co-founder of Pop & Rest, “so we thought we should set up something like a private space where they can relax in peace.” The business has about 30 to 35 customers each week, he said. “Fifteen pounds to have a decent rest and clear mind for the afternoon or for a meeting late on in the day is perfect, as far as I’m concerned,” said customer Graeme Daniel, director of a fashion company. “If I go out late in the evening and I’ve got maybe meetings spread throughout the day, it’s just nice to have a one-hour catch-up on the sleep that I’ve probably missed the night before.”

IMPORTANT FIRST STEPS

RIYADH — Weam Al Dakheel has become the first woman to anchor the main news bulletin on Saudi Arabia’s state-run TV channel, based in Riyadh. She had previously worked as a reporter for CNBC Arabia, according to the Daily Mail. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said he wants to modernize the country with “Vision 2030,” and is looking to raise women’s participation in the workforce from 22 per cent to 33 per cent — though human rights campaigners have said this is a “mirage,” claiming Saudi Arabia still remains one the world’s most dangerous countries for women.

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