As many workers finally find themselves having to go back into the office, they are having to dig out, from the back of their wardrobes, work attire that hasn’t seen the light of days since the first lockdown back in March 2020.
Smart suits and power dresses have mostly been collecting dust as people opted to wear casual clothing – or even remain in their dressing gowns – as they settled down in front of their computers and got used to working from home.
But with the call to return to the office beginning to resound around the UK, people have slipped back into work mode (with perhaps the belt attached one notch looser). However, for one man ready to make the journey back into the traditional working environment there was a little bonus as when he rifled through his suit pockets, he ended up finding a couple of relics from two years ago and perhaps as the blood rushed to his head made a rash decision to announce it to the world via the internet.
In a Reddit post, he explained: “First day back in the office tomorrow… found a nice little Brucie bonus when ironing my office garb!” Up with the post went a picture of his unexpected treasure that had languished in his wardrobe for more than two years – a couple of crinkled old £20 notes. His “Brucie bonus” is a reference to a prize section in the popular ITV game show Play Your Cards Right, hosted by Bruce Forsyth between 1987 to 2003.
Not the newer plastic version – but the old paper versions, testament to just how long it had been since he had last turned up for work at the office. The plastic version had only just been introduced a month earlier – in February 2020.
But his online post was greeted with not quite the reaction he was expecting. Amazed at how he forgot about the cash, many people fled to the comments section on Reddit to share their thoughts. One said: “Who the hell forgets about £40?! A fiver maybe. Lucky git!” Another bemoaned: “Look at Mr Money Bags over there who can just casually forget about £40. If I had £40 in cash I’d know it’s location at all times.”
It wasn’t all moans and groans though. One person giggled: “When I was younger I used to come home double p****ed from nights out and just put all the money on me in random pieces of clothing. It was a nice surprise finding a cheeky note in a pair of jeans I didn’t wear for like a year.” Someone else noted: “At least you didn’t put them in the wash first!
A fifth person added a little satire to the mix, chuckling: “Hold onto them, a couple of years from now you’ll be able buy a loaf of bread with them.” However, his absent mindedness about his stash of cash was not entirely down to lockdown, he told users on the social media site. “A baby three days before a national lockdown does odd things to a person’s mental state.”
Luckily for the unnamed man, he has until September 30 to use his old paper £20 notes or exchange them at a bank before they are officially declared as no longer being legal tender.
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