A Masters student was yesterday turned down for a role as a meter reader due to his lack of professional walking experience.
Mark Pye 43, an ex Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Navy, who is currently in his first year of an Msc in applicable maths at The London School of Economics was left angry yesterday when he was turned down by a 19 year old Recruitment consultant for the role of seasonal meter reader with British Gas.
‘I just wanted something to tide me over the summer to get a bit of money before I start my second year. All my Navy pension is swallowed up in CSA payments to the ex and her new bloke.'
My Pye attended a presentation for the 5 positions with the 398 other candidates, amongst them former politician Chris Huhne.
‘It didn’t start well when I said it would be nice to be out in the open and do something stress free.’ My Pye said of his interview. ‘The recruitment lady baulked and said it could be very stressful if something like a battery or pen ran out. She then asked me what walking experience I have as it was a physical job; you know walking, bending down, reading meters, and a bit more walking. I said I was an avid hiker and had recently completed the South Downs Trail. She replied that recreational walking couldn’t be considered and had I done any walking in a professional capacity. When I said in addition to over 40 years of normal walking I used to walk to work, she told be not to be facetious. She then asked me if I had ever read a meter. I told her as a former watchkeeper on a nuclear submarine that it was my responsibility to monitor gauges and displays to prevent a nuclear meltdown and a possible global catastrophe. To which she replied ‘yeah but it ain’t a gas meter innit’.’
A spokesperson for Bluestone recruitment stated ‘While we cannot comment on individual cases it is our responsibility to ensure the client gets the best applicants possible. For this particular position the standard of applicant was exceptionally high, and we are confident we recruited applicants with the experience of walking through flowerbeds, calling in sick when the weather is slightly too warm or too cold and have the appropriate amount of surliness, and as it was an immediate vacancy we needed those people who could start in 8 weeks.