'Gizza job' phonebox man got the sack
AN UNEMPLOYED man who sat on top of a telephone box for six hours pleading for work was sacked after walking out of his last job.
Daniel Bird, 21, attracted the attention of hundreds of passers-by while clutching a sign in Hull city centre saying: "Save me from the dole! Gizza job. I am literally choosing between food and bills."
However, Mr Bird, who was wearing sunglasses and a smart suit for his phonebox stunt, failed to mention he was sacked from his last job.
Bosses at Mecca Bingo took pity on him and gave him a job last year after council litter inspectors handed him a £75 fine for illegally putting up 200 posters around the city centre pleading for work.
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But he was sacked from the Anlaby Road venue, which even paid the fine, two months ago for swearing at a colleague and walking out midway through his shift.
Confronted with the facts, Mr Bird – who previously said he had received 300 job rejections in a year – said: "Some people were really horrible to me.
"I must have got on with only two out of 30 people there. I was shouted at."
Despite his dismissal, Mr Bird, of Boulevard, west Hull, insists he is an attractive prospect for a future employer willing to give him a second chance.
He said: "I want to move on now. That was in the past. I didn't enjoy Mecca. I was not happy there.
"I am a team player, my time-keeping is very good and I have great customer service skills."
Mr Bird, who was at pains to point out he was always polite to the mainly elderly clientele, said he was dismissed on June 29 after almost a year in his £6.15-an-hour job.
He said: "I got home to find a letter had been hand-delivered.
"I was told to keep away until a disciplinary meeting. I felt they didn't want me there."
Mr Bird said he lashed out after being badly affected by the death of his grandmother.
Asked if he appealed against the decision, Mr Bird, who helped behind the bar and completed basic clerical duties, admitted he failed to turn up for the hearing.
He said an independent training provider had offered him a place on a course the same day, so he went on that instead. "I didn't ever want to go back to Mecca Bingo," he said.
In a statement, a Mecca Bingo spokesman said: "We never comment about any individual member of staff, past or present.
"However, we can confirm Mr Bird did work for us but does not now.
"We have a very low staff turnover rate and have lots of people across the country who have happily worked for us for many years."
Mr Bird said he was asked to get down from the telephone box in Queens Gardens, city centre, by police but refused.
"I was threatened with being arrested but I was not doing anything wrong so they couldn't do anything," he said.
Speaking to the Mail after he was fined for his littering offence last year, Mr Bird said: "I am not some kind of criminal. I am just someone who is trying really hard to find a job.
"You see posters all over the city for missing cats and dogs."