A supermarket shelf-stacker whose bosses ordered him to remove a name badge declaring he was "Bruce Willis" defied the ban by legally changing his name to that of the Die Hard star. Chris Pratt, 20, is nicknamed Bruce by his chums because of his penchant for the action franchise. He explained to the Shropshire Star: “After …
Sits back and waits for Pratt jokes
Come on :)
for the incredibly insightful journalism there. Particularly loved the IT angle.
well, it's asking for it really
What a Pratt...
Pratt by name...
Better than the old badge
Walking around with the label "Pratt" on all day probably isn't good for employee morale.
You can certainly see the resemblance though, so perhaps his managers were worried about being sued for 'passing off' as the real thing.
Any way, what with being dead at the start of Sixth Sense and all....
He's watched too many of Bruce's 'Dick Head' films
Well we know who to call...
...if an threatening asteroid needs taking care of.
I remember my first job at the Coop when I was 16 and having the constant argument about wearing a name badge - Wish I had thought of this one. I would have been Arnold Schwarchenegger though - just to see if they could fit it on.
Bit of a Wally
But as anyone with a TV knows thanks to a bloody annoying insurance ad campaign, the bald movie star is actually called Walter Willis, so all he really did was change himself from a Pratt into a Wally.
At least he didn't name himself after a hotel though.
"Pratt, who's studying media production at Northumbria University"
Need anything more be said about him ?
Perhaps El Reg can follow up and make sure this is not a media stunt by checking that this his change appears in the London Gazette...
that's.... that's bad.
I mean I do random and probably excessive crap to win stupid arguments- driving to Edinburgh for a pint of milk being one. But I'd never do that- and I even have the appropriate hairstyle for that vest.
Has he actually legally changed his name? Or just said "from now on, I am to be known as..."?
Passive-aggressive sticking it to the man! That's the sort of cut-and-thrust go-geting staff our supermarkets need.
that is all
It's a common misconception that you need to go to solicitors to get your name changed, just word the document correctly and get two witnesses - that was good enough to get me a new passport and that got me a new driving licence. PayPal and MBNA Bank have both proudly trumpeted their ignorance of the law by demanding a "Legal stamped document" (shut down accounts, opened new ones)
Or you can just find a gravestone of suitable age and apply for a birth certificate if you fancy making an even bigger mockery of ID card legislation.
Hmm, El Reg, I smell a project for you!
Try smiling sometime.
IIRC you don't need any sort of documentation to actually change your name, you can just start going by another name. It's when you need to apply for new documents etc, change the name on your bank account that it gets more complicated and they require varyious kinds of proof such as letters signed by a responsible person, an announcement in the local rag etc.
In Scotland you can go the whole way, down to having your birth certificate changed, in England you can change your name by deed poll or Statutory Declaration (what you did by the sounds of it) and this then over-rides your birth certificate.
Worth looking at the original story for the comments that follow it - I see the Tw*t-O-Tron has penetrated deepest Shropshire :
"Tory boy said: Mar 16th, 2009 at 17:36
people like this are holding bakc business and the red tape (from brussels) which supports this in the name of workers rights should be banned
shameful episode shows labour isnt working"
Another bloody horror actor
I would offer him the name of the other famous Pratt, William Henry, became Boris Karloff. He was a far better actor as well.
oh what a load of
My names bad enough lol.
I can understand a pratt wanting to change his name - but to bruce willis - well its understandable why he is stacking shelves and studying media -