Anonymity Could Be Taken Away From Sperm And Egg Donors

Donors of sperm or eggs could lose their right to anonymity as the fertility regulators consider recommending the measure be discarded.

Under existing rules, such contributors are totally nameless, although those who have been involved since 2005 can be contacted by their biological offspring when those children turn 18, but the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which governs the fertility industry, has warned popular DNA testing websites make it more difficult to keep identities confidential.

Currently, the fertility watchdog is considering recommending scrapping anonymity for sperm donors and egg donors as part of an overhaul of fertility laws.

Peter Thompson, HFEA chief executive, said that they feel that the technology of affordable DNA tests throws into question the underlying premise of obscurity.

He said that given that, the responsible thing to do would be to start a discussion about where we as a society want to go on these things. It’s a big change.

Whether families like it or not, he told a newspaper outlet that confidentiality might become impossible in the future and that the honest truth is that people will just find out.

The HFEA has launched a review of UK fertility law to recommend to the Government what needs to be updated.

If men could choose to give their names and contact details when they donate sperm, it would bring the UK closer to the US. In the States, some sperm banks offer women looking for contributors a dossier of information. Details that include men’s star sign, religion, hobbies and favourite kind of pet.

Fertility charities are concerned that the current lack of known sperm contributors, for women who want their child’s biological father to be known to them, is pushing people online.

On websites such as Facebook, there is no shortage of sperm donors. However, some try to pressure women into sexual activity or father too many children in one location, increasing the risk of unwitting incestuous relationships between them.

Mr Thompson said the HFEA hadn’t decided on a proposal around anonymity, and that one option under review was the obscurity of donors being lifted at birth rather than at age 18.

In answer to a question about whether this might discourage donors, he said it wasn’t the case when the law changed in 2005. Although the number of contributors dropped briefly, but then it recovered.

The HFEA is also expected to request stronger powers to fine fertility clinics found to be selling useless add on treatments. It also wants to make it easier for same-sex couples and single people to access treatment.

Anonymity was already lost a long time ago with all the DNA testing that’s done, and it’s so easy to do as well, so if men do contribute their sperm they should donate with the realisation that there is no obscurity anymore.

The point is that at the moment the sperm donor’s child can’t find out until they’re 18 who their biological father is, and if they were allowed to find out before then the father might be liable for child support.

Is this fair? No, not really. They gave their sperm anonymously so that someone could have a child because perhaps they were not able to have a child naturally. If the child wants to find their biological father after the age of 18 then that’s different, and I’m sure there are numerous sperm donors that would rather not be found. They provided a service and that was as far as it went because the repercussions of that didn’t go through their mind at the time.

A Group Of Four Men Murdered A 24-year-old Student By Beating Him Unconscious, Stripping Him Naked, And Throwing Him Off A Balcony

Billy Henham

A court heard that a student was beaten unconscious before his killers stripped him naked, covered him in bleach and hurled him off a balcony during a New Year’s Eve party at an abandoned building in Brighton.

Billy Henham, 24, was subjected to a sustained and significant attack in the disused building in the early hours of January 1, 2020.

Dushane Meikle was one of four men accused of murdering Billy Henham at a squat party

His battered, dead body was found by police the next day on a recess area of a roof terrace at the former office block in the metropolis.

Gregory Hawley, 28, Lamech Gordon-Carew, 20, Dushane Meikle, 27, and 18-year-old Alize Spence are on trial accused of his murder but all four have pleaded not guilty.

Jurors heard how Gregory Hawley, described as in charge of the squat, was laughing and joking about the attack and allegedly admitted to stripping Billy’s body and dousing him in bleach before chucking him out of a window.

A witness, who described the room where Billy was attacked as a torture chamber, told the court that Gregory Hawley claimed he had to clean up because someone got seriously hurt and that he said they had to finish him off because he heard his name.

Billy Henham, 24, was seen singing, dancing and smiling at a nightclub in the metropolis hours before the deadly attack at the disused building where a New Year’s Eve party was being held.

Maidstone Crown Court was told he’d suffered 11 rib fractures, extensive bruising to his scalp, face and neck, cuts and a brain injury that were all consistent with being beaten, kicked and stomped on.

Billy Henham, who lived with his parents in Henfield, West Sussex, and who prosecutors say could have been alive for up to an hour after the incident, had also been hit with a broken wooden stair spindle.

Two deleted images of his body, one partly attired and one nude, were later found on Meikle’s phone.

A jury heard that Billy Henham, who was studying at Ravensbourne University in southeast London, had spent Christmas with his family but wanted to see the New Year in, in a lively atmosphere.

Maidstone Crown Court, Kent, was told that having been to a nightclub and then an off licence, he finished up at a party in a disused building in North Street sometime after 4.30 am on January 1, but was dead within a few hours.

These people are low lives, ugly on the inside and ugly on the outside, and they’re not just animals, they are sadistic killers of a certain hue, and hopefully, the court won’t let the family down by giving out a lenient punishment.

In fact, saying animals is the wrong term because animals only eat to survive, this kind of scum just does it for fun, and hopefully, they will spend the remainder of their lives in jail because the brutality of this crime should warrant an entire life term.

Hopefully, they will rot in prison because they are certainly not fit to be part of our society.

A Helicopter Spins To The Ground In Dallas

Two people were killed on Friday when a helicopter suffered a mid-air breakup close to Dallas and came plunging to the ground in a fiery crash.

The helicopter crashed at approximately 11.30 am into an empty lot on a busy commercial strip along Texas 66 in Rowlett, killing the pilot and another person on board, but leaving no one on the ground injured.

Because the doomed chopper came down in a busy area during the lunch hour rush, there were numerous eyewitnesses, and the video shows the aircraft’s tail rotator plunging to the ground separately from the body.

According to KDFW-TV, the helicopter was owned by Sky Helicopters in Garland and was on a training flight when it came down.

The private firm offers helicopter tours of Dallas, flight training, and also contracts with several local television stations to provide aerial news coverage.

Sky Helicopters didn’t immediately reply to an inquiry from a newspaper outlet on Friday afternoon.

FAA records show the chopper was a 2016 Robinson R-44 Rotorcraft, which retails for approximately $475,000.

According to a 2018 Los Angeles Times investigation, the R-44 is the best selling civilian helicopter in the world and has a long history of fatal crashes, but the privately held Robinson Helicopter company refuted those findings.

The body of the helicopter that crashed on Friday anchored in a vacant field surrounded by several businesses, while the tail section landed on a nearby storage business.

Philip Herndon told the local Fox affiliate that he heard an explosion, and a few seconds later, he saw the helicopter strike the ground. He said he jumped out and it was already a ball of fire. He said he tried to get him out but it was too late.

Other bystanders tried to render help, but the fire seething in the wreckage made any recovery endeavour impossible.

John Rangle told the station that you could see people getting close, you could see them back away protecting themselves because it was just so hot and that there was nothing they could do to save them, unfortunately.

Rowlett police Detective Cruz Hernandez said that witnesses reported seeing the helicopter’s tail rotor break mid-air, sending the aircraft into an unruly spin before it crashed and exploded into flames.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

The FAA questioned witnesses on Friday afternoon and NTSB investigators are expected to arrive early Saturday morning to survey the damage.

Based on an analysis of National Transportation Safety Board accident reports, it was found that the R-44 had a rate of deadly accidents that was nearly 50 per cent higher than any other of the dozen most common civilian models whose flight hours were tracked by the Federal Aviation Administration.

It was found that from 2006 to 2016, R-44s were involved in 42 fatal crashes in the United States.

Deaths in the R-44s were attributed to preventable post-crash fires, helicopters that fell from the sky when they unexpectedly lost lift, main rotor blades peeling apart in flight or slicing through tail booms or cockpits.

Federal agencies were also probing the crash of a helicopter with three passengers into the Atlantic Ocean close to swimmers and sunbathers in Miami Beach, Florida in February, on a Saturday.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a Robinson R-44 helicopter plunged into the ocean near a crowded beach at 1.20 pm local time. The Agency said it was investigating the cause of the crash with the National Transportation Safety Board.

The Miami Beach police and fire departments responded to the scene and said on Twitter that two of the passengers were transported to a local hospital in a stable condition.

Twitter Executive Trashes Free Speech And Mocks People With Asperger’s

A senior Twitter executive has been caught mocking Elon Musk for having Asperger’s, in a video where he also hit out at free speech.

Alex Martinez, a lead client partner, was secretly recorded condemning the Tesla billionaire, who could be his next boss, to an undercover reporter at a bar.

He proclaimed the entrepreneur was literally special needs, so he couldn’t even take what he was saying seriously during a lengthy conversation, adding that he was a loony tune.

Alex Martinez showed the Project Veritas operative an email from Twitter’s corporate security, warning of such sting operations. ‘Like they’re trying to go on dates with them, like this,’ Martinez explained.

‘And then record them and then go sell it to the New York Times and say: ‘This is what the Twitter employee just said.’ Like this is what is really happening. ‘Lucky I met you organically, or I would be questioning you.’

He also criticised Elon Musk’s attempts to bring free speech back to the podium as he claimed advertisers were freaking out over what it could mean for the social media goliath. The 50-year-old billionaire spotted the video online and quickly hit back at Martinez’s remarks, saying that the Twitter executive trashed free speech and mocked people with Asperger’s.

The footage came a day after another unsuspecting employee was duped into revealing what occurs at the tech company.

Senior engineer Siru Murugesan was recorded saying the firm’s culture was excessively far left where workers were commie and they detest Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover.

The two videos came amid a firestorm at Twitter as staff worry they would face the axe or be prevented from censoring certain content when the Tesla founder takes over.

Elon Musk has promised to return the platform to a safe space for users to post what they want as well as defeat the spam bots and authenticate all humans.

Meanwhile, he fueled speculation he could be aiming to negotiate paying less for the social media colossus as he told a Miami conference an agreement at a lower price wouldn’t be out of the question.

Martinez was recorded by an operative for Project Veritas.

He said that Elon Musk has Asperger’s and that he was special. That he was literally special needs and that he couldn’t even take what he was saying seriously, and in the video, Martinez criticises Elon Musk’s vision of free speech on the platform.

There have been loads of amazing people over the centuries that have been on the spectrum, it just means that Elon interprets the environment around him differently from other people, and to call him literally stupid is an affront to all people who are on the spectrum.

People on the spectrum don’t always have a lot of intonation or variation in how they speak, which makes it great for comedy, and which many people might make fun of.

However, some people on social media questioned his claim.

And yes, Elon might sometimes say or post bizarre things on social media, but that’s just how his brain works, but let’s face it this man has reinvented electric cars and is sending people to Mars in a rocket ship. Do you think he’s going to be a chilled, normal guy? Whatever normal is!

Engagement Rings Are Set To Skyrocket In Price

The cost of engagement rings could be set to skyrocket as diamond prices have taken off since Russia swarmed Ukraine.

Prices for High Street rings have already gone up by as much as ten per cent, but tailored pieces from top jewellers are set to rocket.

It’s all because the war has disrupted exports of uncut diamonds mined in Russia, sending shockwaves through the industry.

Experts said a more powerful dollar, the currency in which diamonds are purchased and marketed, and increases in other costs such as energy have also pushed costs higher.

Chris Wiley, manager at Madison, a jeweller in Hatton Garden, said many jewellers were scrambling to absorb inflated prices.

But he said diamond jewellery prices across the industry had generally increased by between five and ten per cent.

Ruth Donaldson, the owner of the bespoke jeweller Heirloom London, said the price rises were even more elevated at the top of the market.

She said that an item that cost £3,000 in January could be priced at as much as £3,400 now.

She said that it might mean that somebody is having to compromise on the spec of the diamond, while still getting the same size.

She added that people might shift to purchasing sapphires or other stones, which have become more widespread over the past few years.

The US levied embargoes on Russian diamond supplier Alrosa, which produces almost a third of the world’s uncut diamonds.

According to financial information service Bloomberg, that’s yielded a 20 per cent spike in rough diamond prices.

Tom Price, a commodities analyst at investment bank Liberum, said the deficit had been heightened by increased demand when lockdown restrictions finished, but he said that Russia’s diamond trade being marginalised expanded the lift.

Mr Price predicted increased prices could drop later in the year as Russia finds alternative buyers.

Not only have Russia and Ukraine corned the market in food and gas, and now it’s diamonds – what will be the next reason for price rises? We are well and truly being played on a grand scale.

Diamond pricing is a total scam that’s controlled by a monopoly. In reality, diamonds are as common as dirt, but their sale is being controlled, and there are many greedy traders that are going to the Ukraine crisis to raise costs and profits, it’s just another excuse to rip off the masses, it has absolutely nothing to do with the war.

Of course, the hardness of diamonds makes them especially suitable for an engagement ring because they wear and tear extremely well, as well as being the long-standing traditional rock for an engagement ring.

However, Corundum is also a hard stone and it is a gorgeous gem, the same as Rubies and Sapphires. Beryl isn’t as tough, but there are also Emeralds and Aquamarines.

There are also lab-grown diamonds that are more affordable and sparkle just the same as a real diamond, but I’m fairly sure that a diamond ring isn’t essential to life.

I’m reasonably sure that a diamond ring isn’t essential to life, and engagement rings don’t have to be diamonds.

People can’t afford to heat their homes, let alone think about buying diamonds.

There are plenty of other stones available for engagement rings, but people tend to follow the herd. What about being different?

Cartels control and manipulate prices on all natural resources, not just diamonds, and if we looked into it the list would be exceedingly long.

There isn’t a lack of diamonds, but the cost is regulated so prices are kept artificially high, but now the excuse is Ukraine, but diamonds don’t just come from Russia.

Patients Went To A&E 4.7 Million Times Because They Couldn’t Get Advice Or Treatment From Their GP

An official study indicates that up to 4.7 million visits to hospital accident and emergency units in the past year may have been due to people being unable to see their GP.

Research by health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) discovered nearly one in five A&E patients studied had resorted to emergency departments because they couldn’t get guidance or treatment elsewhere.

Of those, the research found, around one third (35 per cent) said there were no appointments available and 30 per cent said they were not able to get through to or access the service.

Not all of those who sought help before going to A&E tried their GP, with slightly more opting to call the NHS 111 line, but those who did seek help were almost twice as likely to say they hadn’t managed to see, speak or chat online with a health worker as those who rang 111.

The CQC’s findings were based on interviews with 422 patients just before Christmas at two A&Es in East London, King George Hospital in Ilford and Queen’s Hospital in Romford.

If repeated across England, the results would mean up to 4.7 million of the record 24.4 million A&E attendances in the past year were because people had no other choice.

The findings came after representatives at last month’s British Medical Association conference voted in favour of plans to cut the number of patients they see each day to reduce their unbearable workload, but Dennis Reed, of campaign group Silver Voices, said this would drive more people to A&Es, which are already overstretched.

The CQC said the results couldn’t be generalised as the study was a small snapshot survey confined to one place, but the Patients Association said it showed patients went to A&E when they couldn’t see a GP.

Welcome to broken Britain, the country that’s falling apart everywhere, and what exactly are these GPs doing if they’re not seeing patients and still getting paid for it? Obviously counting their ill-gotten earnings.

It’s called stealing a living, not earning a living.

The government should start sending £500 bills to practices that are seen by A&E that could have been easily dealt with by their GP.

Most GP practices pride themselves on making sure patients don’t get to see a GP. They now don’t allow pre-booking GP appointments either, which means you have to plan your life around trying to see a GP, and because of this A&E and 111 are overloaded thanks to GPs still in hiding, and Boris Johnson should make them go back to work because at the moment it’s pretty well established that one could die before one can talk to, let alone see their GP, thus, it’s hardly surprising that people head off to the local hospital.

We’re considered to be one of the wealthiest and most developed countries in the world, but we can’t see a doctor.

They created walk-in centres in some areas. They were great because you could walk in there, take a ticket and just wait to be seen and it took a lot of pressure off the NHS and A&E departments.

Now you’re supposed to send a snapshot of your condition to your GP so that they can analyse it, this is absurd because so many grave illnesses are being overlooked, yet everyone else is supposed to get back to the office and carry on with their lives – GPs are a disgrace and are getting paid for being a disgrace.

The United Kingdom Has Monkeypox

Health bosses said that Monkeypox is in the United Kingdom and now two more people have been diagnosed with it in cases not connected to the previous infection.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said that one of the two people, who live in the same household, is being treated in a hospital.

The cases, which are the eighth and ninth ever confirmed in the United Kingdom, are not related to the earlier documented case in England reported on May 7.

The UKHSA said that close contacts of the latest two cases are being offered information and health guidance as a preventive measure.

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection which kills up to one in ten of those infected but doesn’t spread easily among people.

The disease was first noticed in the United Kingdom in 2018 after a traveller brought the virus back from Nigeria and it spread to two other people, including one NHS nurse who caught it from bed linen.

Health bosses said it’s important to stress that the overall threat to the general public remains extremely low.

One of the latest cases is being cared for at the infectious diseases unit at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, in London.

The UKHSA said that the other person is isolated and doesn’t presently need hospital treatment.

Health officials added they’re examining where and how the pair acquired their infection.

The case reported earlier this month was a person with a recent travel history from Nigeria, which is where it was believed they contracted the disease, before travelling to the United Kingdom.

Dr Colin Brown, director of clinical and emerging infections at the UKHSA, said that they have confirmed two new monkeypox cases in England that were not connected to the case reported on May 7.

He said that while investigations remain ongoing to determine the source of infection, it’s essential to stress it doesn’t spread easily between people and needs close personal contact with an infected symptomatic person and that the overall risk to the general public remains extremely low.

He said that they were contacting any potential friends, family or contacts in the community and that they were also working with the NHS to reach any healthcare contacts who have had close contact with the cases prior to confirmation of their infection, to access them as necessary and furnish guidance.

He said the UKHSA and the NHS have well established and robust disease control procedures for dealing with cases of imported infectious disease and these would be strictly observed.

Britain effectively doesn’t have any borders, therefore it’s vulnerable to all types of problems coming in, and they should quit letting people in freely from random countries, and no doubt this will be another excuse for another lockdown but don’t worry the WHO will be able to make a decision for the entire world.

But let’s face it, it’s the government’s job to keep us all in fear, so that we need them, and yet they still mess up everything they touch by letting people into the United Kingdom with open arms.

This is the outcome when people from all over the world stream in, unchecked. We’ve already been brought to our knees economically because of COVID and now this. Next, we’ll all have the overwhelming urge to swing through the trees, scratch under our armpits and have a desire for bananas, and it appears that 2022 is the year that just keeps on giving.

Shoppers Who Have Become Ill After Eating Chicken

Britons who have become ill after eating cooked chicken have called for additional things to be added to the nationwide recall list after more than 100 other products were removed from shelves amid a salmonella scare.

Shoppers have reported being violently sick after ingesting chicken wraps and sandwiches, including ones not presently included on the UK Food Standards Agency’s (UKFSA) recall list.

The authority issued the inventory of 113 products after salmonella was detected at the Cranswick foot processing plant in Hull during a routine internal inspection.

It sparked 12 other food sellers, including supermarkets, coffee shops and convenience stores, to remove items from their shelves, with Co-Op, Amazon, Costa and Starbucks the latest big-name food chains to be impacted by the contamination scare.

Pret, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Leon, M&S and Waitrose also quit selling some or all cooked poultry products due to the scare, which has seen products even grabbed from shoppers’ hands in some cases.

Tesco released a checklist of cooked poultry products it warns could be affected. Tesco’s list of 14 items includes plain chicken breast slices, BBQ breast pieces and flammed grilled chicken thins.

Shoppers told a newspaper outlet how they became ill after eating chicken products in recent days. One, Peter McKernan, 41, bought a Southern Style Fried Chicken Wrap from a Southern Co-Op in Weymouth on Wednesday evening.

The father of three, who runs a window cleaning business, consumed the wrap soon after and then was violently sick overnight, and believes that he suffered from a kind of food poisoning, though the product doesn’t presently feature on the recall list. He said that he bought the wrap at about 7 pm and by 12.20 am he was being violently sick.

He said that he woke up with a stomach ache and that he then started throwing up and had a bad tummy, and that he was up and down until about 4.15 pm and he was going to a charity garden party at Buckingham Palace the following day which he didn’t enjoy because he still felt unwell.

Mr McKeran urged Co-Op to look into other chicken products. Southern Co-Op has been contacted for comment.

Caroline Austin said her four-year-old son Harvey fell ill after eating pre-cooked chicken from a supermarket, which she didn’t name.

She said he was violently sick with an upset stomach during the night, but that neither she nor his brother was unwell.

I’m not ill after eating chicken, I’m just sick of eating chicken that’s genetically modified so it becomes bland and rubbery. Chicken is highly processed and it’s garbage food, and if people have got sick from eating the chicken, imagine how the poor chickens must have felt being killed so that we can eat a chicken wrap.

Sadly now everyone wants cheap convenience food, so to do that you need mega factories to produce it, but by doing that you scale up production and contamination risk, and I suspect there’s a bit of fowl play going on here!

However, Chicken, eggs and salmonella have been associated for ages, and now there’s an outbreak of it everyone goes crazy because they’ve got sick. To be honest, I don’t normally get sick eating it, I get sick at looking at the prices of it.

There’s no surprise that people are saying that they have got ill eating it because now I can hear the sound of the lawyers sharpening their quells as the media induce hysteria.

A Man Who Chopped Off His Own Penis And Testicles To Become A Nullo

A man cut off his own penis and testicles using an ultra-sharp ceramic blade so he could become genitalia free ‘nullo’, and then kept his severed organs in the freezer until his mother threw them out.

Trent Gates, a 23-year-old from Washington DC, removed his testicles in a DIY surgical procedure conducted in his own apartment in April 2016, before chopping off his penis in a North Carolina motel room eight months later.

Trent Gates, who says he sanitised the knife for safety and took only analgesics in preparation, was motivated to perform the extreme procedure after seeing another famous ‘nullo’ called Gelding at the age of 15.

A ‘nullo’, also known as a smoothie, is someone who had undergone radical body transformation by having their genitals, and sometimes nipples, surgically removed.

The subculture doesn’t necessarily relate to a person’s sexuality, though many consider themselves eunuchs. Trent Gates identifies as a non-binary person who’s sexually attracted to men.

He said that he used a ceramic knife because it’s sharper than steel, and less ripping and tearing, adding that he took every precaution before surgery and went to the hospital immediately afterwards.

He said that he actually didn’t have an issue with the pain. That he used a little bit of a numbing agent, a little bit of lidocaine on it, and took five milligrams of oxycodone that they prescribed him when he did his balls to take the edge off, and that the same surgeon stitched him up on both occasions.

He told a newspaper outlet that they made sure he got psychiatric treatment just to make sure he was sane and that it was a good decision and the therapists and the psychiatric team said he was good and that he was sane, miraculously.

To help him heal from the procedure, Trent Gates inserted a catheter for several weeks to ensure there was a hole through which he could urinate.

When he removed his testicles it took about a month for the wound to heal, while the place where his penis once was took three weeks.

He explained that he felt driven to do the surgery and Trent Gates said he always felt somewhere between a man and a woman, an androgynous in between.

He said that he had no wish to be a woman and that it was kind of a middle ground in between the two, an androgynous in between.

While it appears that the world has gone totally mad, it really hasn’t, but a few of its passengers have.

Trent must have been very determined or just desperate to perform surgery on himself because I can’t even remove a splinter from my own finger without an ‘ouch’.

Meanwhile back on earth body dysmorphia is a mental disorder and clearly, this man is not sane, and I really hope this won’t encourage loads of copycats, and how come he didn’t bleed to death? And he’s lucky to be alive after doing that to himself. He should have just stepped away from the knife drawer.

Now when he’s out with his mates and they dare him to do something crazy and they say to him that he hasn’t got the balls, will he just nod and agree with them?

We might all believe that he’s crazy but who are we to judge, having never been in that situation. I just hope that the man is happy because there’s no going back now.

To be fair, even if you were having this procedure done in a hospital there would be a significant amount of blood loss which could have killed him extremely quickly, not to mention infection, and you would need a highly trained surgeon and a team to carry out such a procedure – fake news, perhaps!

Being Called ‘Love’, ‘Hun’, Or ‘Babes’ At Work Is Demeaning And Infantilizing

Calling women at work ‘love’ or ‘hun’ is demeaning but it’s acceptable to use ‘mate’ for a male coworker, a judge ruled at a tribunal involving a funeral firm manager who was sacked for using improper language towards female staff.

Mike Hartley had argued he was a target of the Me Too movement when he was fired from Blackpool based funeral firm D Hollowell & Sons Limited in January of this year.

A Manchester tribunal heard how he regularly called women ‘sweet’, ‘love’, ‘chick’ and ‘honey’, which he claimed was the same as calling male counterparts ‘mate’ or ‘lad’.

However, the tribunal found it was wrong to compare the two, as the way he addressed men didn’t determine them in the way his names for women did.

Employment Judge Pauline Feeney said that calling someone ‘mate’ or ‘lad’ was not a pet name in their view, it’s a nickname, and that they weren’t demeaning, but that chick, babes, honey, hun and sweetie were all derogatory and infantilising ways of referring to women.

The final straw came when he called a coworker ‘Rachie boobies’ after making a remark about peeking up her skirt, leading her to file a sexual harassment complaint which led to his dismissal.

The hearing heard how Mr Hartley started working as a driver and bearer for D Hollowell & Sons Limited in 2017 where he was promoted to client liaison and HR manager the following year.

In 2019, colleague Rachel Anderton complained about him making insulting and extremely inappropriate remarks.

The panel heard Mr Hartley asked to add her to Facebook immediately after meeting her, asked her what her vital statistics were when enquiring about uniform size and called her pet names such as ‘honey’, ‘babe’ and ‘chick’ multiple times.

During one funeral appointment, Miss Anderton asked the self-described happily married man if he could look under a Moses basket and as he did so, he asked ‘What, am I looking up, your skirt?’ the tribunal was informed, and the panel, which was held remotely, heard that this shocked and upset her.

The panel was told he would walk into the office saying ‘honey, I’m home!’, call her a ‘good girl’ and said that she was ‘curvey in all the right places”.

On another occasion, Mr Hartley had walked into her office and called her ‘Rachie boobies’ which he later explained was a ‘Freudian slip’ as he had meant to call her ‘Rachibobs’, the panel heard.

There are numerous women who men will call ‘darling’, ‘sweetheart’ or ‘love’ and have never complained about it or brought it to their attention that they feel uneasy. Why? Because they’re smart enough to know it’s not meant in an offensive way. However, anything past that, like a man looking up a woman’s skirt is just pervy in every sense of the word.

To be honest, if a man called me ‘darling’, sweetheart’ or ‘love’ it would probably make me smile for the rest of the day. However, if a man said he was looking up my skirt, he’d probably get a punch in the face, there’s a significant difference, and soon men won’t be able to speak to women at all.

Undoubtedly, Mr Hartley was an idiot without a brain cell. Calling someone ‘love’ is okay but talking about their breasts or making comments about looking up their skirt is way out of line, and he only has himself to blame.

It seems everyone gets offended by something these days. Just say that you feel offended and move on unless it happens over and over after they’ve been told.

We seem we live in a ‘me, me, me’ world now where everyone gets offended. Let’s track back to the 60s and 70s were everything was so much better.

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