The inequality of spoons
17th April 2012
Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at TMS Media?
No! Probably not. You’re all too busy stockpiling postage stamps or deciding whether to use your spare cans to hoard water rather than petrol. Every spoonful is crucial.
Funnily enough, when work is not occupying TMS minds, spoons often do.
By going behind the scenes at TMS, I really mean the kitchen. Everywhere else is open-plan and, as politicians say, transparent. But in the kitchen lurk all sorts of shocks, shenanigans and, of course, dirty teaspoons. It wasn’t an issue when the women of the office used to keep the area tidy, make all the tea and do the washing up.
Then came EQUALITY. Most of the men eventually mastered the art of making a mug of tea but left discarded teaspoons either on the draining board or any other convenient nearby surface. They could even be swilled and recycled in today’s ‘green’ – which the spoons sometimes were - environment.
The practice led to so many anguished messages that they topped the number of scam emails from Nigeria asking for intimate bank details. In the end, the threat of exposure, violence or even torture (from the women, not Nigeria) may have overcome the teaspoon terror. An uneasy peace broke out.
We’re still some way from equality though. In the good old days, the men would always gallantly let the women occasionally win the weekly challenge at table football. Now that the women are having a fluky run of success, do they afford us the same privilege?
You bet they don’t. They’re happy not only to award us the wooden spoon – but tell us where we can put it too.