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Swedish town dumps idea of anniversary toilets

The Local · 17 Apr 2009, 14:22

Published: 17 Apr 2009 14:22 GMT+02:00

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Up until now, the town council has had a rather loose set of rules governing how it recognizes employees who have spent 25 years working for Gnosjö, a municipality with around 9,700 residents.

Rather than simply offering the traditional gold watch, the council has allowed employees to purchase a gift of equivalent value from any store in Gnosjö, according to the Finnveden.nu news website.

But one employee’s decision recently to buy himself a new toilet to mark his 25th year with the municipality has Stefan Nilsson, Gnosjö’s head of human resources, rethinking the city’s policies.

“I, and many like me, think that the purpose [of the loose policy] has gotten a little out of hand,” he told Finnveden.nu.

“A memorial gift should be something you remember. Is someone supposed to sit on a new toilet and think back on their years with Gnosjö municipality?”

Nilsson suggests limiting the choice of gifts to a watch, bracelet, necklace or crystal vase.

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In addition, the practice of handing out the gift during a town council meeting will also be abandoned in favour of a smaller event organized expressly for the purpose of recognizing an employee’s anniversary.

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Your comments about this article

15:05 April 17, 2009 by High Priestess Kang - Slut
:falls over laughing:

Brilliant choice for an anniversary gift!
15:05 April 17, 2009 by Mo
Just goes to show that there is a sense of humour in Sweden !
15:06 April 17, 2009 by Markbase with an Invisible Q
Oh, bliss!

There are a million jokes to go with this.

I'll start -

I guess he felt so bogged down throughout his career that he wanted something appropriate as a memento.
15:13 April 17, 2009 by High Priestess Kang - Slut
Obviously, the company has a very shitty sense of humour...
15:17 April 17, 2009 by unkle strunkle
That was 25 years down the crapper...
17:07 April 17, 2009 by Timmo
CODE"Is someone supposed to sit on a new toilet and think back on their years with Gnosjö municipality?”

You have to admire anyone who could make a comment like that with a straight face. Altogether now...
22:24 April 17, 2009 by Mzungu
Shit happens!

*only after 25 years though*
23:51 April 17, 2009 by Miss Kitten
After taking metaphorically for 25 years, now he can actually take a on behalf of the company.
22:20 April 19, 2009 by dtes
typical logic, make a rule that people must waste funds on useless crap rather than something functional.... these people are so completely out of touch with reality, how could they miss this... its the perfect reminder.
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