You couldn’t make it up….

I have been interviewing all week. When I say all week, I do mean all week. I quite like interviewing, actually, but enough is enough. Still, this little gem happened on Tuesday, and it has made me laugh since.

Alice was being interviewed for a job in which she would need to be really flexible with her working times, since the work could involve going out to employers who work shifts. Alice presented as a small, round woman in her mid-50’s with short brown hair and a determined face.

“Oh, flexibility isn’t a problem. I can do early mornings and late nights without any problems.” began Alice.

“I see you’ve asked to do this job part-time, Alice. Would full-time be a problem?” Asks the interviewer.

“Well, I do have some other commitments, and that’s the reason I only want to work part-time. My daughter isn’t a problem, she’s 18, can drive and is perfectly able to fend for herself. I just leave her instructions about what to cook, and she’s fine. ”

Fully expecting the conversation to go on to describe an elderly parent or relative, Alice being the sole carer and a long tale of woe to come, I was completely taken by surprise when Alice went on to say- “……Its my horse, you see. I currently share him with a friend of mine, but she’s having to give him up and that means I’ll have to take him on full-time from next month. At the moment I pay for full livery for the days when I’m in work, but on the other days I do all the stable-work myself – so I couldn’t possibly do a full time job. ”

How I didn’t laugh out loud I’ll never know.

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2 Responses to “You couldn’t make it up….”


  1. 1 hoverfrog 24 September 2007 at 12:33 pm

    Horses are a lot of hard work. It is funny though.

  2. 2 Booger 25 September 2007 at 9:34 am

    Tell her she can ride him to work. Problem solved.


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