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More muppetry from the property professionals, as reported in the Manchester Metro News (Friday, September 9th, 2005):

A boss is alleged to have regularly surfed the internet for pornography while staff openly smoked cannabis in an "office from hell".

Former employee Eileen Roy claimed there was appalling behaviour at a Stockport mortgage company.

Mrs. Roy, 54, told an employment tribunal that a director of Apple Mortgages, Richard Bandey, made an "embarrassing" and "crude" comparison between her and a woman on one of the adult sites.

Bandey's father John, who is the firm's managing director, was ordered to pay nearly £7,000 to the mother-of-two after the panel ruled Mrs Roy had been subject to sexual harassment and had unlawful deductions made from her wages. Now the tribunal findings have been backed by a county court judgment after the mortgage brokers failed to pay the sum owed.


Mrs. Roy said behaviour in the office on Europa Business Park, Cheadle Heath, deteriorated to the point where some staff spent large parts of the day surfing porn, gambling online and "openly rolling and smoking cannabis joints during office hours".

She told the hearing that to celebrate receiving a payment -- from a franchisee -- Richard Bandey of Hazel Grove, would: "Ride an imaginary horse around the office to simulate taking people for a ride."

Mrs Roy said she became isolated after complaining that other members of staff made exaggerated claims about possible earnings to people they were trying to recruit.

She said John Bandey, 57, told her: "You're too prim and proper to deal with these chimps properly," and "Selling this stuff is a job for the boys."

For a shorter version of the article with photographs see 'My time in the office from hell':


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