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Credit crunch bites: the great hash brown rebellion April 16, 2009

Posted by tomcwu in Preston, TalkTalk.
Is this the end?

Is this the end?

Stirrings of revolt reach the ears of Carphone Worker, tucked away in our bunker opposite Tulketh Mill, Preston. Apparently, the hash browns have been withdrawn from the canteen on the grounds that they are “too expensive”. Already battered to despair by the credit crunch, wild eyed customer service agents have apparently launched a conspiracy to submit a deluge of canteen feed-back forms demanding that the glistening potato-based treats are returned.

Carphone Worker urges all lovers of freedom (and lunch) to get involved. (Make sure you mark the service up though: workers’ solidarity and all that.)

In completely unrelated news, Carphone Worker learns that TalkTalk employees who have been with the company for more than ten years are now entitled to 30 days annual leave, after an annoucement dated 13 April. We are so touched by the company’s generosity to its many workers of more than ten years service, that we will personally buy a hash brown for each and every one of these workers who comes forward.

It won’t be expensive, even given the evident inflation in the hash brown index. TalkTalk was launched in 2003; no one has worked for the company for more than six years. Edit: as already noted below, TalkTalk Group – to which the announcement applies – contains employees with more than ten years service as it includes staff from companies other than TalkTalk itself.



1. tomcwu - April 17, 2009

An anonymous correspondent has written to us to clarify the situation with. TalkTalk’s annual leave policy. Although TalkTalk itself has only been going since 2003, the TalkTalk Group includes other companies that have been going for longer – Opal and Onetel. So this will affect some people, although I wouldn’t imagine it’s very many.

The hash brown offer stands.

2. Fred - April 17, 2009

Hash Browns are sold for just 15p. I made a comment today to say we would pay 30p, thus covering any increase in cost.

I got a quizzed look as if to say ‘have you just farted’?

3. Response - April 17, 2009

Surely this should be a case of ‘Get your facts straight before posting’ is it not? […]

It’s my understanding the holiday incentive is aimed towards the future, not just the present. Granted there may not be many members of staff who have 10 years service, but within the next 3/4 years there likely will be. This should actually be embraced as a ‘positive’ […]

[bits of this comment have been edited out because we’re not getting drawn into slanging matches – ed]

4. tomcwu - April 17, 2009

Hi Response.

We always try to get accurate information and, as you can see, will always publish corrections if new information become available. You may also have noticed that the above article is not entirely serious in tone – lighten up maybe?

We have our proper briefings double or triple checked.

And yes, you’re right, the additional holiday is a positive for those that get it. It is also good that Carphone offers more than the statutory minimum of annual leave. We don’t think Carphone is the worst company in the country to work for, not by a long shot – it’s just that it could be better.

5. Wi-Five - April 20, 2009


Word is, Hash Browns are back on the menu as of next week đŸ™‚

6. tomcwu - April 20, 2009

Will it prove to be a great victory for the workers of Preston? Keep us posted…

7. hamish brown - April 21, 2009

has browns are back, but smaller!

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