Female staff on National Express's East Coast line connecting London and Edinburgh have refused to sport new uniforms because the blouses leave "little to the imagination" of passengers, the Daily Mail reports. The Transport Salaried Staffs Association said that staff had returned the offending clothing to the company demanding …
Good work by the Sun
How could that not boost customer numbers?
Paris as a guest conductor?
Come on Reg...!
Is this really a penny pinching measure....
.. or is it a cunning advertising stunt? The number of passengers may actually increase!
aw come on
This article, on the other hand, leaves much to the imagination. um, photo? or it didn't happen?
@Good work by the sun
Unfortunately though, I suspect most sights would, perhaps, not be quite as nice as that!...
eh, can I take that back? nice.
See through blowses
Only attract customers if the women wearing them are attractive. I doubt many railway workers look like that Sun model.
...or it didn't happen
leaves nothing to the imagion
but you had no pictiures??
shame on you :(
make it equal
Give semi-transparent shirts to the male staff as well, and then we, the passengers, can all enjoy the portly, 52-year-old Reg coming down the corridor punching tickets as well as Debbie, mother of four and still struggling with Slimfast, blowing the whistle on the platform.
Clearly their user-testing wasn't up to web-development standard. Personas, anyone?
Not only is it not a Rail worker...
It's not even the offending blouse.! Please note use of the indefintte article in the picture caption.
I am suddenly
Unable to leave my desk.
Nothing more to add.
If looking is illegal for you guys, or soon to be maybe, wont the blouses make all those who look at [through] them criminals?
Paris because she did her best to cover Britney's nethers and can help here too
Dear El Reg,
are you trying to make us all criminals? I've just seen an image of something that might be naughty and/or offensive to someone which in another article on your site clearly states is or will become illegal under UK law.
So please, no more potentially naughty picture just in case...
ps: might start taking the train ....
pictures or it didn't happen.
"We are now liaising with the manufacturer."
Is it legal to use a two-by-four on people who use such words?
I say, what a smashing blouse
Munters in see-through apparel is something the average rail traveller can do without.
One shudders at the thought.
However, if the female staff are pleasing to the eye then we should mount a campaign to ensure they receive more than adequate financial compensation from their employer for opting to show off their lovely norks.
*shudders deliciously at that thought*
@ Come on Reg...!
Or a Playmobil reconstruction.
Talk about penny-pinching.
Not only is the blouse very thin, it appears to have only two buttons and be in a child's size!
It's also disgraceful that she cannot afford a bra on her salary!
Is the Sun photo one of the National Express blouses, or is it an illustration of what a see-through blouse looks like for the benefit of its readers? Inquiring minds need to know, and so on....
Just for the sake of equality, imagine now an oldish, hairy, chubby, pipe-smoking _male_ rail worker wearing the same fabric. Eww.
"We are now liaising..."
A little piece of me dies whenever I see the term 'liaising'.
I just thought I'd interface with all of you on that.
At times of national crisis
And for sure, the train manager's see through blouse crisis eclipses the credit crunch, I turn to a source I respect for its' authoritative and respected coverage. The London Review of Blouses.
Cleavage Today. Your story is poor - there are no technical details here. What kind of material are these blouses, what colour pattern, how see through? Have you conducted tests? Where are the results?
I would think
that business will increase 5 fold in this case,lol.
> National Express chief exec Richard Bowker is "famous for not wearing jackets or ties"
Well that's a claim to be proud of, do you think that'll be his epitaph?
I did not see anything wrong with that part of the uniform...
lots of reasons
There are lots of reasons i would stop traveling on the east coast main line.... the staff wearing see-through shirts is definitely not one of them though...... i have principles y'know.
Just wear a T-shirt underneath that says: "My Boss is a W**ker".
I respectfully suggest the use of the uniforms worn by the submarine crew on the old and delightful TV series UFO. The outfit is ranked #2 in the Top 10 Science Fiction Outfits as seen here:
(The #1 ranked outfit is simply...eye/mind-boggling but is primarily for the ladies.)
They already managed one of the most enduring images of travelling by coach:
"On the National Express there's a jolly hostess
Selling crisps and tea
She'l provide you with drinks and theatrical winks
For a sky-high fee
Mini-skirts were in style when she danced down the aisle
Back in '63 (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
But it's hard to get by when your arse is the size
Of a small country"
Please, not a see-through blouse as well!
or it didn't happen.
that one there just says "a see-through top" not "the see-through top they are being told to wear"
Of course, that is the goal they're pushing for!
Anyone got a picture?
I really want to see a picture of the offending garment. Please someone help with an image of this...
El Reg, for pitys sake get a photogragh...
Intentionally left blank.
AC @ 13:17
"Only attract customers if the women wearing them are attractive"
This is ostensibly an "IT" news site, therefore a fair percentage of the readership will be of the furry-toothed geek variety.
Now, most of the furry-toothed geeks I come across, would crawl a mile over broken glass to get a glimpse of a pair of real norks, regardless of the attractiveness of the owner :-)
Paris, for she has a pair of real norks, as any google image search will show.
To summarise the concern so far,
"Pix or STFU."
Linky pic isn't a real NE employee.
Reminds me of an aire stewardess...
... whose bra slipped on a flight I was on -- it "perked me up" no end. Got to love CheapoJet uniforms.
Luvely Jubbly :)
oh the competition to the Virgin Express is overwhellming
so what will Richards train-track dollys reply with, high-cut hotpants ???
cant wait for the fight to hot up...
Don't want to sound like a sexist male chauvinistic pig, but, I'd start to use the train if I got to see norks every day
Can I stuff my fare down their bra?
Okay, I did click on the photo link but just out of nostalgia, most of the girls at my school wore these blouses which is partly why I am so under-educated.
It is a very serious issue though for two reasons. No body show be exposed to sexual exploitation at work unless they choose to be. Secondly, and much less PC, there is nothing worse for a passenger than seeing through a garment that you really would prefer to be opaque - train conductors ? Eugh.
I am a sexist-feminist. I have a drop-dead gorgeous postwoman who I really wouldn't mind seeing in such a blouse, but I can't talk to her. I was trying to work up the courage to ask her out or even just talk to her when she rang my doorbell and said 'You've got a big package'.
Paris, because that was the last journey my train went into a tunnel.
I'm fairly sure I know who produces and sells them
Good for them too!
Won't someone PLEASE......
......think of the health&safety implications!!!!!
Mine's the high vis auditors jacket
But why are there no pictures?
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Can't be bothered
to go for a look.
I must be getting old . or have seen too much of it/them.
OK forget the TIT parade for 5 minutes.
Ohhhhh so the management really thought that they could pull a stunt like that and get away with it?
You mean the managers are fucking idiots?
Great shirt for a cold day. Morons.
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