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(Telegraph)   Dyslexic banker named Robert awarded �95,000 because co-workers called him Trebor   ( divider line
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2002-02-22 08:00:43 AM  
How much would he have got if they called him "Whiny little tossbag"?
2002-02-22 08:03:01 AM  
Sucks to be cixelsyd
2002-02-22 08:07:18 AM  
God deal Man sictk it ot thoes frakers
2002-02-22 08:08:07 AM  
Now that's funny!
2002-02-22 08:16:31 AM  
Haha! Terbor.
2002-02-22 08:24:09 AM  
Niney five large? The lucky cnut.
2002-02-22 08:25:30 AM  
They should have just called him Bob.
2002-02-22 08:32:36 AM  
Toy Yoda
2002-02-22 08:32:38 AM  
funny.. my brother in law has used Trebor as a D&D character for years and years.. look for him on EverQuest :)
2002-02-22 08:50:04 AM  
Dyslexics of the world... UNTIE!!!
2002-02-22 08:59:36 AM  
Good for him. Co-workers are mean.
2002-02-22 09:08:24 AM  
They should issue the check for 59,000 and see if he notices.
2002-02-22 09:10:16 AM  
Let's see if anyone gets this reference.

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2002-02-22 09:22:23 AM  
Or just give him 000,59 and see if he notices. Ask him if he would like that all in pennies.
2002-02-22 09:45:51 AM  
2002-02-22 09:58:12 AM  
I actually know a man whose parents named him Trebor after his father Robert. Maybe he should sue.
2002-02-22 10:02:56 AM  
Instead of giving him support, he said his superiors ended up dismissing him for failing to meet sales targets.

It added that Abbey National had simply treated him as "a non-disabled person".

They hired him to do a job. He couldn't do the job. They fired him. But wait - he's dyslexic, so he shouldn't be expected to do the job they hired him for.

Mr Huskisson, a bachelor from Canterbury, obtained a master's degree in European resource management despite his dyslexia.

The tribunal was told that he informed Abbey National about his condition at his job interview but it still employed him in July, 1999.

In other words the tribunal is saying that it was the bank's job to discriminate against him by not hiring him, and that Trebor has no responsibility in this matter for accepting a job that he's unable to do.

2002-02-22 10:12:10 AM  
It'd be better if the his name was Bob.
2002-02-22 10:13:13 AM  
So dyslexia is a legal disability? And Pres Bush has this condition (proven in Japan)? So why the hell does the US have a mentally disabled leader?
2002-02-22 10:13:29 AM  
damn the.
2002-02-22 10:15:50 AM  
I have a friend named Robert who is suing his former company because his boss used to call him Fat Albert. I think there's some conspiracy against people named Robert.
2002-02-22 10:24:00 AM  
It is fair enough to assume that whether or not the man was ultimately capable of doing his job, he still should not have had to endure the hostile work enviroment. They were wrong to pick on him.
2002-02-22 10:24:02 AM  

(sorry...that IS funny as hell)
2002-02-22 10:37:29 AM  
They should have just called him 'BoB', they would have gotten away with it then. lmaooooo!
2002-02-22 10:42:14 AM  
How does someone who is dyslexic become a banker?

Sorry, but when attention to detail is needed with numbers... I'd feel safer if my money was watched over by a numbers nerd who can see straight.

(No offense to dyslexic people)

Just like I wouldn't want a quadrapeligic policeman showing up to my house if I called 911.

Unless he has one of those stephen hawking robot exoskeletons.
2002-02-22 10:59:43 AM  
A DYSLEXIC banker branded "Trebor" by his boss - his Christian name spelt backwards

Erm... as opposed to his Buddhist, Agnostic, or Satanic name?
2002-02-22 10:59:54 AM  
Man, I wish I was mildly disabled. I'd just need to work long enough for somebody to call me names a few time, and I'm set for a few years. Damn my luck that people just make fun of me for my bad habits and goofy haircut!

Though I do feel sorry for the guy. He was threatened with "the sack". That seems like a pretty severe punishment. What do they do - stuff him in a bag and drop him off a bridge into the river?
2002-02-22 11:02:29 AM me Nomad...go ahead...then give me the cash...
2002-02-22 11:08:07 AM  
Maybe they should have just called him Elohssa or Tihspid or Hctib Gninihw or Dratkcuf instead? If I'd had any say in this, he would've gotten $0.00, nice and easy to read forwards and backwards.

My co-workers and company made fun of me. Go cry me a farking river.
2002-02-22 11:36:40 AM  
Omg that is so funny. It reminded me of that Strongbad Email, the one he got from Trevor the vampire. I can just hear Strongbad saying..."oh Trebor" hahahaha
2002-02-22 11:38:10 AM  
Dratkcuf sounds kind of cool.
2002-02-22 11:39:50 AM  
One of my friends cousin's name is pronounced "sha-thead"
of course its spelled shiathead.
2002-02-22 12:20:18 PM  
02-22-02 10:42:14 AM Phix-it
How does someone who is dyslexic become a banker?

Maybe he was only dyslexic when it comes to words (like i am) or perhaps he had figured out his own methods of working around dyslexia.

02-22-02 10:02:56 AM Finkboy
They hired him to do a job. He couldn't do the job. They fired him. But wait - he's dyslexic, so he shouldn't be expected to do the job they hired him for.

or could it possibly be that the hostile environment in the workplace caused him too much distraction.
perhaps there were other reasons for him failing to meet standards...

jeez some poeple make me mad
2002-02-22 12:42:42 PM  
OTOH Pedgey, many people shrug off name calling by simply ignoring it. While it's common for kids to harrass other kids on a fairly steady basis, I find it difficult to believe that his boss and coworkers hung over him all day on a rotating schedule just to drive him nuts.

It's also possible that the guy didn't meet his sales quotas because he was dyslexic and his customers didn't like the mistakes he was making, like maybe misspelling their names.

Lots of speculation but did the guy deserve to get money because he was made fun of? Hells bells, I won't go into why (it did have to do with my name) but I was seriously teased and name-called growing up, even by adults, and I'm normal. Or at least the voices tell me I am...
2002-02-22 12:47:43 PM  
i think I'll change my name to Elleinad. It has a nice, dirty ring to it.
2002-02-22 01:02:23 PM  
I just don't get it.
Everyone calls me Dork but my name isn't Krod.
2002-02-22 01:05:28 PM  
My dog is dyslexic so we named her Hannah so that we can call her by her name backwards even and she will respond to a command.
Man, I have Ralph Wiggum like intelligence.
2002-02-22 01:28:21 PM  
Trebor Trebe? The film critic?
2002-02-22 02:12:20 PM  
That's just gnorw.
2002-02-22 02:31:34 PM  
What does an agnostic dyslexic insomniac do?

Stays up all night and wonders ig there's a dog.
2002-02-22 02:51:31 PM  
he was then put under growing pressure to increase the amount of customers he generated and was threatened with the sack.

oh no!! not the sack. Anything but the sack!! So if he didn't start incresing his workload, he had to sleep with his boss?
2002-02-22 02:52:48 PM  
maybe I'm dyslexic
2002-02-22 03:19:48 PM  
At summer camp years ago, there was a kid named Bruce Bradley. We called him Ecurb Yeldarb, and it was great.

I don't know if he was LD, but he certainly was a goofy dude.
2002-02-22 04:02:45 PM  
This is funny on so many levels.
2002-02-22 05:11:39 PM  
A guy at work changed the "agnostic insomniac dyslexic" to:

christian insomniac dyslexic: stays up all night praying to dog

muslim insomniac dyslexic: stays up all night facing east and praying to Halla

atheist insomniac dyslexic: stays up all night jerking off to the Neslo Sniwt
2002-02-22 05:36:07 PM  
neslo sniwt! hahahaaha..
2002-02-22 09:07:43 PM  
FROLIXO, What is wrong with you? You are making fun of a person with a disability, when you didn`t even spell his name correctly backwards. It`s Trebor not Terbor!!! Man don`t make fun of people when you have problems yourself!!! HEE HEW!!!
2002-02-22 09:11:03 PM  
2002-02-22 11:11:54 PM  
My name is Trevor, I think if I was a dyslexic rapper I could be "Rover T."
2002-02-23 01:30:06 PM  
This thread is farking hilarious.

Mr. Trebor actually live quite close to me ... I may forward this on ~ I mean! 95 GRAND! ... It's not like it'll smart too much ~ ymmaj reggub!
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