Thursday, 5 April 2007


My "Ass Hats At Work" story is one related to me some years ago by my husband. Names have been changed to protect the guilty!!!
Mick used to be a painter and decorator. One Summer he was working with a gang of painters on a very posh, almost stately home. The house was situated in a few acres of ground and the gardens were spectacular....Mick being an avid gardener loved walking the grounds in his lunch break and admiring all the plants.
On one particular day Mick was painting a lower window he had to be very careful as there was a flower border going right up to the wall. He very gently laid a dust sheet over the plants and carefully stood so that his feet weren't damaging any of them. One of his workmates, Dave, was painting an upper window a few metres down from Mick. As Mick glanced over he realised that Dave hadn't covered the plants beneath the ladder and as Dave was a somewhat "messy" painter the paint was dripping off of his plants on to the Escallonia below!!! Mick shouted up to Dave to warn him and Dave shouted back "Don't worry I'll clear it up later!" Mick shouted back "You'd better!!!!!"....I think there was a "F" word in there in the original story!!!
Mick had to move round to the back of the house for the rest of the day but before he came home he went to check on the Escallonia....from a distance all looked well....Mick was pleased...until he got closer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dave had PAINTED each individual yellow paint splashed leaf with GREEN PAINT!!!!!!! Mick was LIVID!!! and gave Dave a few choice words and suggested in future it might be better to lay a dust sheet over the plants.

I don't know if the Escallonia survived its paint job and I don't know if the owners of the house noticed what had happened. But if you own a large house in Suffolk England and your Escallonia mysteriously know who to blame:


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talj said...

LOL LOL LOL!! It certainly sounds like Dave had a sense of humour and is most deserving of the Ass Hat Award!! :o)

CG said...

Great story, ruth!!

Jeanette said...

Hi Ruth, Gees i missed a few posts
our servers been down since tuesday morn. hooray just come back on so i got a lot of catching up todo .
your first spring flower is lovely and i can see a little tadpole there. hugs ill be back to read more

Jen!! said...

LOL! That's so funny. Wow, what an ass hat! :) Great story, Ruth.

Gledwood said...

Do you know the music from The Osbornes?

Crazy... that's how it goes ...
Millions of people live in ASBOS
Maybe it's not too late ...
To learn how to love and forget how to hate..!

It's sung by Frank Sinatra or Gnat King Coal or someone like that and it's on the theme music every week. If you haven't seen that show you MUST have a look next time it's on. It is light relief for the stressedhearted...

Gledwood said...

I don't know why, but Jen looks a bit like a white younger version of Moira Stuart ... don't you agree...?

Gledwood said...

The reason I'm asking about the music from the Osbournes is that I've put out a shout: "does anyone know why the guy is singing about 'living in asbos' : it is technically not possible ..."

Edward Wolf said...

Good story. It reminded me of one told by the father of a friend of mine who was a painter. One day he was working inside a very posh house when another very inept painter kicked over a bucket of paint and ruined the expensive carpet. However, thinking very fast, the other painter grabbed the owner's poodle, rolled it in the paint, and shouted, "Oh my god. Look what the dog did!"

Gledwood said...

Is that a photo of Jerry Hall wearing a men's business shirt & tie?

Leon said...

Great story.

tiffany said...

as always, thanks so much for playing along.

i do want to let you k now that we're all thinking of you...i know that us girls at wtb!? haven't been your blog friends for a long time, or anything...but we are shocked and saddened to hear the news.

i'd say i hope you're doing ok, but, duh. you're not.
so i'll just say that i hope your garden continues to grow, and that you can find some happiness in it.

we're all thinking of you...

UKBob said...

Ha ha - perhaps the owners didn't notice but I bet the gardener did!!

Mikala said...

Hi there!

My name is Mikala and I'm the third moderator over at What the blog!? I just wanted to take the time to introduce myself. I also wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Always thinking of you.

I'm not even sure what to say about the moron that painted the leaves on a plant. I mean, I'm the first one to admit I don't have a green thumb, but I do know that you shouldn't paint the leaves! :0)




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