A tense stand-off in a Luton office has entered its second hour, with an unnamed worker refusing to leave his toilet cubicle for fear of being identified.
Eyewitnesses said the worker had entered the cubicle as normal before ‘letting off a real couple of stinkers and making some loud plops’. Things then took a turn for the worse when the worker became worried that others in the toilet at the time would identify him as he left, associating him with the sounds and smells he’d created, perhaps leading to office ridicule.
What started as an attempt to out-stay other toilet users in the offices of BFS Associates has now turned into a stand-off between two HR officers, the cleaner and the anonymous worker in the cubicle.
It is thought he does have use of an internet-enabled phone, prompting fears he could last until the end of the day, with easy access to all the usual websites he’d look at while at his desk, in an attempt to avoid potential embarrassment in front of co-workers.
A spokesman for the company said: ‘I can confirm that we have an ongoing situation in our first-floor toilet. All I can say at this point is that an unnamed worker with brown shoes who has been in a cubicle for two hours and shows no sign of leaving while other people are in the toilet.’
An earlier attempt to convince the worker to leave with promises of a half-day failed when he refused to respond, most likely afraid his voice would identify him.