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(Telegraph)   If you're going to go wrestle sharks on an Australian beach, you might not want to be out on sick leave back in Britain. Footage of your shenanigans travels across the world quickly   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 79
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2013-03-12 10:23:08 AM
They said it was stress related to work.. not a bad back. Why was he fired again?
 
2013-03-12 10:29:55 AM
A two-month vacation in Oz? How expensive would that be?
 
2013-03-12 10:49:54 AM
Two months of paid leave for "stress"? Sounds like those charity dollars are being well spent.
 
2013-03-12 11:02:44 AM
He and his wife Wendy, who work for the same children's charity, were on sick leave for work-related stress when they took the two month holiday in Australia.

Wouldn't that be the best way to relieve stress?

*scratches head*
 
2013-03-12 11:16:25 AM

Dixon Cider: They said it was stress related to work.. not a bad back. Why was he fired again?


If you can take the stress of wrestling a shark you think an office job is going to mess you up? I've got to call bs too.
 
2013-03-12 11:36:51 AM

Speaker2Animals: A two-month vacation in Oz? How expensive would that be?


All depends where you stay and what you do. I was there for a few weeks fifteen years ago. Stayed in a backpacker hostel in Sydney, rented a cheap hire car in Perth and drove around a large area of W.A (staying in cheap places again), ate at local cafes and Hungry Jack's. But if I'd have stayed in hotels and ate swanky food, it could have been double what I paid.
 
2013-03-12 11:38:35 AM
If you're doing (x) to (y), you're probably going to be part of Fark's newest overused greenlight formula.
 
2013-03-12 11:39:24 AM
Those responsible for sacking the shark wrestler have also been sacked.


//llamas
 
2013-03-12 11:39:55 AM
I bet the charity is none too happy that people now know that their donations are being used to pay for 2 month "stress" vacations for employees of the charity.  I'd expect a drop in donations.
 
2013-03-12 11:40:53 AM

probesport: Those responsible for sacking the shark wrestler have also been sacked.


//llamas


His sister once carved her name in an octopus with a sharpened toothbrush...
 
2013-03-12 11:41:49 AM

xaratherus: probesport: Those responsible for sacking the shark wrestler have also been sacked.


//llamas

His sister once carved her name in an octopus with a sharpened toothbrush...


A shark once bit my sister.
 
2013-03-12 11:43:46 AM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Dixon Cider: They said it was stress related to work.. not a bad back. Why was he fired again?

If you can take the stress of wrestling a shark you think an office job is going to mess you up? I've got to call bs too.


I'm guessing he doesn't wrastle sharks every day.  A one time event could have been awesome!
 
2013-03-12 11:47:13 AM

blatz514: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Dixon Cider: They said it was stress related to work.. not a bad back. Why was he fired again?

If you can take the stress of wrestling a shark you think an office job is going to mess you up? I've got to call bs too.

I'm guessing he doesn't wrastle sharks every day.  A one time event could have been awesome!


There are physiological differences between the stress brought about by a singular dangerous event and the constant stress of a job. In the former, the stress is short-lived and the adrenaline change has a very brief duration, to which the body is adapted; in the latter, the adrenaline changes are less but they are constant, which eventually takes a biological toll on the person.
 
2013-03-12 11:48:56 AM

Dixon Cider: They said it was stress related to work.. not a bad back. Why was he fired again?


If working for the charity is so stressful to you that you need several months of sick leave, then I submit that you aren't fit for the job.
 
2013-03-12 11:51:17 AM

xaratherus: There are physiological differences between the stress brought about by a singular dangerous event and the constant stress of a job. In the former, the stress is short-lived and the adrenaline change has a very brief duration, to which the body is adapted; in the latter, the adrenaline changes are less but they are constant, which eventually takes a biological toll on the person.


So working at a Children's Charity is an extreme sport now?!
 
2013-03-12 11:53:04 AM
Does no one else wrestle sharks for stress relief? I find it invigorating!
 
2013-03-12 11:54:54 AM
Instead of leading the shark into deeper waters, how about leading the children out of the water?>?
 
2013-03-12 11:55:33 AM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: xaratherus: There are physiological differences between the stress brought about by a singular dangerous event and the constant stress of a job. In the former, the stress is short-lived and the adrenaline change has a very brief duration, to which the body is adapted; in the latter, the adrenaline changes are less but they are constant, which eventually takes a biological toll on the person.

So working at a Children's Charity is an extreme sport now?!


It could be, if the charity in question was the "Make an X-Wish Foundation".

/Little Timmy's last wish was to skydive from a low-Earth orbit
//He died from friction burns caused by the heating of his wheelchair
///Brought to you by Red Bull
 
2013-03-12 11:56:16 AM

probesport: Those responsible for sacking the shark wrestler have also been sacked.


//llamas


A shark once bit my sister!
 
2013-03-12 11:58:02 AM

CheekyMonkey: Dixon Cider: They said it was stress related to work.. not a bad back. Why was he fired again?

If working for the charity is so stressful to you that you need several months of sick leave, then I submit that you aren't fit for the job.


I wonder how often both a husband and wife get the same 'stress injuries' and both need 2 months paid time off?

I wonder how much of that 'stress' related to working with a spouse?
 
2013-03-12 11:58:10 AM

bdub77: probesport: Those responsible for sacking the shark wrestler have also been sacked.


//llamas

A shark once bit my sister!


The person who submitted the same lame followup joke has, sadly, also been sacked.
 
2013-03-12 11:59:40 AM

CheekyMonkey: Dixon Cider: They said it was stress related to work.. not a bad back. Why was he fired again?

If working for the charity is so stressful to you that you need several months of sick leave, then I submit that you aren't fit for the job.


I dunno. 7 days a week of work for an extended period of time is pretty damn bad no matter what you do.
 
2013-03-12 12:01:59 PM

xaratherus: It could be, if the charity in question was the "Make an X-Wish Foundation".

/Little Timmy's last wish was to skydive from a low-Earth orbit
//He died from friction burns caused by the heating of his wheelchair
///Brought to you by Red Bull


Ok, that was funny. Well done.
 
2013-03-12 12:02:54 PM

ModernLuddite: CheekyMonkey: Dixon Cider: They said it was stress related to work.. not a bad back. Why was he fired again?

If working for the charity is so stressful to you that you need several months of sick leave, then I submit that you aren't fit for the job.

I dunno. 7 days a week of work for an extended period of time is pretty damn bad no matter what you do.


Maybe his boss was kind of a total dick. You know the kind who would fire you for saving children from a shark.

I'm just throwing that out there as a possibility.
 
2013-03-12 12:04:52 PM
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2013-03-12 12:10:40 PM

CheekyMonkey: Dixon Cider: They said it was stress related to work.. not a bad back. Why was he fired again?

If working for the charity is so stressful to you that you need several months of sick leave, then I submit that you aren't fit for the job.


10 years on the job doesn't warrant a 2 month vacation? Oh right, you're probably American, where dying on the job is considered a decent-enough retirement package.

Sorry mate, but those of us in the rest of the world consider work to be a means to an end, not the end in and of itself. He may work for a charity, but that doesn't mean he works for free.

I'm going to go ahead and make the assumption that you think all holidays are wasted time that could be better spent serving some rich fark who isn't even remotely aware of your existence.

Good for you. Maybe after a few years, you might earn 2/3rds of our minimum wage.
 
2013-03-12 12:26:49 PM
people.duke.edu
 
2013-03-12 12:33:21 PM
"But as a result he is facing a life on benefits "

oh noes!
 
2013-03-12 12:36:05 PM
Did he need to wrestle the shark. Could't the kids, you know, just gotten out of the water for a while?
 
2013-03-12 12:37:05 PM
"I never thought for one minute that wrestling with shark would cost me my job," added Mr Marshallsea, who is now volunteering at the Hope Church Community Project in Porthcawl.

No, it was lying to your employer and getting caught that cost you your job, you nitwit.
 
2013-03-12 12:40:57 PM

planes: No, it was lying to your employer and getting caught that cost you your job, you nitwit.


What part of taking a holiday for a break is incompatible with being off work because of stress? Especially given that he says his farking Doctor advised him to.
 
2013-03-12 12:45:16 PM

dk47: Instead of leading the shark into deeper waters, how about leading the children out of the water?>?


"Well, why don't we start leading the shark into shore instead of him leading us out to sea?" -Brody
 
2013-03-12 12:46:48 PM

SJKebab: CheekyMonkey: Dixon Cider: They said it was stress related to work.. not a bad back. Why was he fired again?

If working for the charity is so stressful to you that you need several months of sick leave, then I submit that you aren't fit for the job.

10 years on the job doesn't warrant a 2 month vacation? Oh right, you're probably American, where dying on the job is considered a decent-enough retirement package.

Sorry mate, but those of us in the rest of the world consider work to be a means to an end, not the end in and of itself. He may work for a charity, but that doesn't mean he works for free.

I'm going to go ahead and make the assumption that you think all holidays are wasted time that could be better spent serving some rich fark who isn't even remotely aware of your existence.

Good for you. Maybe after a few years, you might earn 2/3rds of our minimum wage.


Way to generalize and stereotype, mate.
I guess then it's safe for me to assume that you have the same moral fortitude as this asshat and his twat wife that were perfectly fine with defrauding a children's charity. I'm pretty sure that the kind and generous people who donated would probably prefer that their cash go to, you know, the children, instead of some self serving pricks two month vacation. But keep telling yourself it's all about you and your ends. "Got to get mine", amirite?
 
2013-03-12 12:55:59 PM
One, I call BS on this. He was on vacation, albeit not my first choice for a "stress-free environment" what with all the poisonous animals and things that want to kill me there. I consider taking a vacation to be pretty high up on the stress reducing activities list.

Two, what was he supposed to do? Just let the shark eat the child? While this would have been infinitely more entertaining, it wouldn't have boded well for the child.

Three...
FTA: "two month holiday in Australia."
TWO MONTHS?!? Did he blow ALL of his sick leave for 8 years? Or is this SOP to get 8 weeks of sick leave per year in Britain? Come one, 2 months is excessive. That's like farking short-term disability time-frame...and people think Americans are lazy.
 
2013-03-12 12:58:36 PM

DeathCipris: One, I call BS on this. He was on vacation, albeit not my first choice for a "stress-free environment" what with all the poisonous animals and things that want to kill me there. I consider taking a vacation to be pretty high up on the stress reducing activities list.

Two, what was he supposed to do? Just let the shark eat the child? While this would have been infinitely more entertaining, it wouldn't have boded well for the child.

Three...
FTA: "two month holiday in Australia."
TWO MONTHS?!? Did he blow ALL of his sick leave for 8 years? Or is this SOP to get 8 weeks of sick leave per year in Britain? Come one, 2 months is excessive. That's like farking short-term disability time-frame...and people think Americans are lazy.


umm.. stress leave is usually somewhere in the 1 to 2 month range.  Odd though that a doctor would give them BOTH a two month leave.
 
2013-03-12 01:00:00 PM

kvinesknows: DeathCipris: One, I call BS on this. He was on vacation, albeit not my first choice for a "stress-free environment" what with all the poisonous animals and things that want to kill me there. I consider taking a vacation to be pretty high up on the stress reducing activities list.

Two, what was he supposed to do? Just let the shark eat the child? While this would have been infinitely more entertaining, it wouldn't have boded well for the child.

Three...
FTA: "two month holiday in Australia."
TWO MONTHS?!? Did he blow ALL of his sick leave for 8 years? Or is this SOP to get 8 weeks of sick leave per year in Britain? Come one, 2 months is excessive. That's like farking short-term disability time-frame...and people think Americans are lazy.

umm.. stress leave is usually somewhere in the 1 to 2 month range.  Odd though that a doctor would give them BOTH a two month leave.


Please excuse my ignorant American ass, but what in the hell is stress leave?
 
2013-03-12 01:04:30 PM

maxximillian: Did he need to wrestle the shark. Could't the kids, you know, just gotten out of the water for a while?


This is kind of what I was wondering too.  There didn't seem to be anyone moments away from being eaten by the shark.  Kind of just looked like a few of those guys got a bit over excited and wanted to wrestle with a real life shark.  I kind of doubt they'd have done the same thing if it was a tiger shark or a great white.
 
2013-03-12 01:15:36 PM

The Muthaship: I bet the charity is none too happy that people now know that their donations are being used to pay for 2 month "stress" vacations for employees of the charity.  I'd expect a drop in donations.


He was on sick leave.  That does not mean the charity was paying for their holiday.  They paid their salaries, as any employer will in cases of sick leave.

CheekyMonkey: If working for the charity is so stressful to you that you need several months of sick leave, then I submit that you aren't fit for the job.


Why is that?  Any job can become stressful enough that it starts to take a physical toll on the employee.  Stress is a very powerful and insidious reaction.  Obviously you don't find your job stressful, which is great for you.  But that doesn't for one second make you any better than those who do.  The charity sector in the UK is renowned for the stress it induces, especially in this financial climate.  Donations go down, costs go up and they are generally staffed with people who want to help others and who see the impact of this directly.  It is stressful.
 
2013-03-12 01:21:52 PM

DeathCipris: kvinesknows: DeathCipris: One, I call BS on this. He was on vacation, albeit not my first choice for a "stress-free environment" what with all the poisonous animals and things that want to kill me there. I consider taking a vacation to be pretty high up on the stress reducing activities list.

Two, what was he supposed to do? Just let the shark eat the child? While this would have been infinitely more entertaining, it wouldn't have boded well for the child.

Three...
FTA: "two month holiday in Australia."
TWO MONTHS?!? Did he blow ALL of his sick leave for 8 years? Or is this SOP to get 8 weeks of sick leave per year in Britain? Come one, 2 months is excessive. That's like farking short-term disability time-frame...and people think Americans are lazy.

umm.. stress leave is usually somewhere in the 1 to 2 month range.  Odd though that a doctor would give them BOTH a two month leave.

Please excuse my ignorant American ass, but what in the hell is stress leave?


its when the doctor says.. you are under too much stress... its not good for your health... here is a note saying take time off work.
 
2013-03-12 01:22:01 PM

The Envoy: They paid their salaries, as any employer will in cases of sick leave.


Paying for 2 months of salary for stress caused to people who work for a charity is off putting to me as a charitable giver.  Maybe the job is stressful, but I have a hard time believing that.  At any rate, 2 months is excessive and sounds slimy.
 
2013-03-12 01:25:17 PM
"grabbed the 6ft-long dusky whaler shark and lead it out into deep water away from the children"

Because simply telling "get out of the water, there's a shark" would have been too easy?  The dude had time to put down his beer, get in the water, find the shark, grab the shark and cowboy it, but not enough time to say "Get the fark out, now"!

Stupidity is equated with heroism?
 
2013-03-12 01:26:04 PM

DeathCipris: One, I call BS on this. He was on vacation, albeit not my first choice for a "stress-free environment" what with all the poisonous animals and things that want to kill me there. I consider taking a vacation to be pretty high up on the stress reducing activities list.

Two, what was he supposed to do? Just let the shark eat the child? While this would have been infinitely more entertaining, it wouldn't have boded well for the child.

Three...
FTA: "two month holiday in Australia."
TWO MONTHS?!? Did he blow ALL of his sick leave for 8 years? Or is this SOP to get 8 weeks of sick leave per year in Britain? Come one, 2 months is excessive. That's like farking short-term disability time-frame...and people think Americans are lazy.


I don't know if the UK falls under the domain of the European Works Council, but they got some crazy rules there.
 
2013-03-12 01:27:50 PM
*and* he's from Wales too. Poor bastard.
 
2013-03-12 01:29:13 PM
You call that wrestling?  That aint wrestling.
cdn.bleacherreport.net
 
2013-03-12 01:34:41 PM
I prefer hot chick swimming with the sharks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOkEd_RQ-WM

i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-12 01:37:10 PM

The Envoy: The Muthaship: I bet the charity is none too happy that people now know that their donations are being used to pay for 2 month "stress" vacations for employees of the charity.  I'd expect a drop in donations.

He was on sick leave.  That does not mean the charity was paying for their holiday.  They paid their salaries, as any employer will in cases of sick leave.

CheekyMonkey: If working for the charity is so stressful to you that you need several months of sick leave, then I submit that you aren't fit for the job.

Why is that?  Any job can become stressful enough that it starts to take a physical toll on the employee.  Stress is a very powerful and insidious reaction.  Obviously you don't find your job stressful, which is great for you.  But that doesn't for one second make you any better than those who do.  The charity sector in the UK is renowned for the stress it induces, especially in this financial climate.  Donations go down, costs go up and they are generally staffed with people who want to help others and who see the impact of this directly.  It is stressful.


My job is quite stressful, and the fact that I can handle the stress without taking several months off might not make me better overall as a person, but it certainly makes me better at my job than someone who can't.

My point still stands.  If someone cannot handle doing a particular job, whether it's because they are unable to deal with the associated stress or for some other reason, then that person is not fit for the job.  Period.
 
2013-03-12 01:59:31 PM

CheekyMonkey: If someone cannot handle doing a particular job, whether it's because they are unable to deal with the associated stress or for some other reason, then that person is not fit for the job.  Period.


I'd agree, and I'm not sure how it's possible to miss two months of work without having your employer realize you're worthless.
 
2013-03-12 02:00:01 PM
He said: "If I hadn't gone in to save the kids on that beach that day my wife and I would still have a job."

Ummmm....no....if you hadn't lied to your employer about your sick leave and gone on a holiday in Australia you would sill have a job, dumbass.
 
2013-03-12 02:15:06 PM
This argument clearly has two sides (as, oddly, most don't, really)...

1.  His employer KNEW he was on "sick leave".  It was granted.  He was entitiled to it.  It's not anyone's business how he chose to spend it.

2.  His employer's benefactor's disagree.  Because in their view, if he is on 2 months of sick leave, he should be sitting around sipping orange juice and not having any fun at all.

I disagree that his employer should have allowed that much sick time to beging with.  But since they did, the argument must go in favor of the guy who got fired.
But since I have nothing to do with anyone in this story, all I can do is voice my opinion.
 
2013-03-12 02:19:47 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Dixon Cider: They said it was stress related to work.. not a bad back. Why was he fired again?

If you can take the stress of wrestling a shark you think an office job is going to mess you up? I've got to call bs too.


It just proves he was right to take the holiday, it relieved his stress.
 
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