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ThatNiceMan asks: Have you ever been talking with people down the pub when somebody throws such a complete curveball (Sample WTF moment: "I wonder what it's like to get bummed") that all talk is stopped dead? Tell us!

(, Thu 12 May 2011, 12:53)
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About 10 years ago when I was doing an IT contract a new employee joined the team.
He was one of those annoying little shites who thinks they're amazingly cool and blithely ignores the world's attempt to tell him otherwise.
It would have been about two or three days after he's started and the team had got togeather for lunch at a café (we worked over a number of different sites so only got togeather a couple of times a week).
We'd had our lunch and were sitting back having a beer and a bit of a chinwag. The new guy decided to tell us a story; it was basically one of those meant to demonstrate sexual prowess and machismo and generally display how cool the teller is. That was the intention.
There's a very awkward and a quick subject change when he'd finished regailing us with the tale of the time he was shagging a cheap prostitute and she only did half the job and tried to finish him off by hand, followed by the attitude he'd given her and his refusal to pay. Upon finishing he then looked round with a look that expected us all to agree and say we'd do the same and/or how we wished we had balls as big as his.
He only lasted a few more days. He got no work done and the third time he's screwed up a computer to the point that someone had to go round to do a complete reinstall he was sacked.
I did bump into him about a month later on a platform at Piccadilly Circus. He was dressed as you'd expect a pot washer to dress when they'd just got off work and he told me he'd decided to leave the job and he'd got an offer to be a top chef in the West End. Apart from the evidence before me I very much doubt that top West End restaurants are run by 20-21 year old failed IT contractors.
(, Sun 15 May 2011, 8:14, closed)

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