An office worker was left ‘stunned and slightly ashamed’ after bosses arranged a plaque and an elaborate series of business-wide events to mark the rare occasion.
Craig Sear, a marketing manager from Bristol, admitted he ‘couldn’t remember’ the last time he’d made the tea for co-workers. “I usually just pop out to buy myself a latte from the coffee cart outside the Council House,” he claimed.
“I was taken aback when I was called into the boardroom. The CEO made a speech and unveiled a plaque. It was properly engraved with my name and everything. But that was just the start.”
Returning to his desk the bemused employee found the matter had made him the lead story on the company’s global intranet. “I got the feeling they’d been planning it for some time, the way they do with famous people’s obituaries,” he said. Yet there was more to come.
Just before lunch Sear discovered to his amazement there was a full marching band outside in the car park, with musicians dressed up as Tetley Tea folk. “The outfits were a nice touch” he admitted. After a brief fly-by from the Red Arrows in the skies above Bristol, the local press turned up for a photo call along with Johnny Vegas and a puppet monkey, stars of the PG Tips commercials.
Colleagues revealed that while they had all made Sear drinks during his eight years at the company, he had ‘never once returned the favour’. Although a parachute jump later in the day had to be cancelled due to bad weather, a firework display still looks likely to go ahead at the weekend.