Poastal Shorts Courts Concern


A postman was escorted home by police following a row after he turned up to work in the wrong shorts, the Communication Workers Union said today.

The employee at a Royal Mail sorting office in Northampton is thought to have been wearing non-Royal Mail issue blue shorts when he arrived at work yesterday morning. The man refused to go home from the sorting office in Great Billing, Northampton, to change the shorts as he felt very comfortable in the ones he was wearing.

His managers then called police to escort him off the premises, union representatives said. The row has sparked criticism from the Communication Workers Union (CWU) who say the managers’ response was a complete ‘over reaction’.

He said the row had started when managers tried to send the man home without pay. He said: ‘He just can’t believe what happened. What would normally happen is management would contact the union.’

‘I’m confident had they done that it’s something we would have smoothed over in two minutes or less, not that they need smoothing over mind you. They sent him home without pay and then called the police to escort him off the premises.’

A Royal Mail spokesman said: ‘The police are no longer involved and we are now resolving this issue internally while, of course, doing all we can to continue delivering the mail with our people wearing a uniform that we’re very proud of and that our customers expect to see when we call at their address.’

We showed the general public a picture of the supposed offending shorts. Mrs Elsie Tanner said upon seeing them, ‘My God! I cannot believe Royal Mail would be like this over a nice pair of shorts. I wouldn’t mind him posting what ever he wanted through my letterbox anytime he wants.’ Mr Harry Rant a local resident had the following to say, ‘ I doubt those shorts would be comfortable at all. I mean the amount of wear and tear on his postal sack would cause him problems in the future I’ll bet. No wonder Royal Mail are concerned.”

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