Thresher training manual is "preposterous drivel''

28 August, 2008

I wrote this irritable protest

about Polar Bear Pirates some weeks back, but was reluctant to waste a stamp on such a futile gesture. Since then, however, yet more "comics" have arrived at my branch.

Whoever composed this preposterous drivel should take a course in written English before he is again tempted to set pen to paper.

That said, abuse of punctuation, etc, is the least of its problems. Had I never before endured corporate hogwash of this kind, I would have discerned no meaning in the words.

In his attempt to present this tired dogma afresh (and surely it is a "he"), the writer has rendered unto us a mess of childish nonsense that would embarrass even a Carroll or a Lear. I should add that some of the mental imagery it produced was quite revolting and that I declined to complete the text.

Where is the shame? Is the author really 10 or does he just yearn for the day that we are? Are you not appalled that this garbage has been presented in the name of Thresher and that you have spent money on printing it?

I am tempted by the idea that the exercise is nothing but a rather crass psy-op, designed to weed out any employee with

half a brain and leave the company as a hive of mindless automatons.

Indeed it reminds me of an American school textbook that had been written with the express purpose of confusing the pupil and undermining his confidence. (Questions posed at the end of its sections bore no relevance to the preceding "stream-of-con ciousness" garbage and were, in any case, unanswerable.) Polar Bear Pirates appears to be a watered-down revision of the same.

That textbook was no fiction, unlike - by the way - the mystery shoppers' reports that we receive. These do not reflect conditions in the branches, as managers with video-taped evidence will attest. Like Polar Bear Pirates they are a complete waste of company resources. What on earth were you thinking? Or are you "only following orders"? I would wager on the latter.

Thresher worker

Name and address withheld

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