Lighten up? I doubt whether many people would have found it funny, imagine going into a shopping centre and somebody doing that over the PA.... they'd probably be out on their ear.Ah lighten up. It was a genuine mistake, the passengers found it funny, and let's not forget the primary purpose of a platform dispatcher is to dispatch trains safely, not sound like a BBC newsreader.
Highly unlikely unless making a genuine mistake on the PA was somehow defined in their contract as gross misconduct. Even then, I suspect a court would strike out the contract clause as unreasonable.Lighten up? I doubt whether many people would have found it funny, imagine going into a shopping centre and somebody doing that over the PA.... they'd probably be out on their ear.
It doesn't sound like a genuine mistake does it?Highly unlikely unless making a genuine mistake on the PA was somehow defined in their contract as gross misconduct. Even then, I suspect a court would strike out the contract clause as unreasonable.
I like funny announcements as long as the station name or other key point is early, before the silly bit. Then it does not really matter if second language listeners don't get the joke.
But I like arguingOkay I think it's clear that there's a difference of opinion here which won't be resolved. Let's move on please.
Oh bless. Hope the girl didn't go all shy at that but a nice touch anyway.At the absolute height of the Thameslink shambles in 2018 I was on a train between Blackfriars and London Bridge. The driver came on the PA and made a special announcement for a class from a primary school somewhere in Hertfordshire. The driver then finished by saying 'Oliva, daddy's driving this train'!
Yes I've had him. I remember one day being on the train to Weston-s-Mare and it was p[...]ing it down outside. Guard came on and said: "Ladies and gentlemen we are now arriving into sunny Weston-super-Mare. Please remember to take everything with you including in-laws, deckchairs, buckets, spades and sunglasses. And please remember to sunbathe responsibly." Most of the passengers in the carriage had disolved into sustained laughter by the time he finished that one.There was BBC news item last year about a guard on the Bristol-Taunton line who makes silly announcements. Two that I remember are "Dance and twirl we're arriving at Worle" and "We are now arriving at Bridgwater,change here for the scenic Hinkley Point".
I think that was Steve, one of the east coast regulars back in the day. He did something similar as we approached Leeds one cold, foggy night: "Please take care when stepping off the train. My mother-in-law lives in the area, hence the chilly reception on arrival this evening."LNER. ‘The next stop will be Doncaster. The mother-in-law lives in Doncaster, so a good reason not to get off’’