A senior member of Flipton District Council has been granted a leave of absence, caused by the trauma of being unable to answer an enquiry. Planning Officer Dave Barber – renowned for his energy and enthusiasm like all council staff – found himself in the almost-unprecedented position of being unable to enlighten Enid Watkins, 89, regarding ongoing work to her husband’s cemetery plot.
‘It’s most unlike him’ commented one colleague ‘and to make matters worse, the tea trolley had just arrived, without any Jaffa Cake Muffins; this lady couldn’t have picked a worse time if she’d tried. The public only have themselves to blame sometimes.’
Daniel Foster, a junior clerical assistant dealt with the distraught Ms Watkins following Mr Barber’s exit by hospital stretcher. ‘Dealing with the public is a nightmare,’ exclaimed Mr Foster afterwards, ‘I’m taking the next couple of weeks off with stress.’