|I'm not sure we have anyone here who is an out and out weirdo. Just your run of the mill oddities that can probably be found anywhere. A lot of them have been here a long time and there is a strangeness that comes over all who have settled into the same groove for many, many years.
Last place I worked I'll have a go at.
PT - Supposed development manager, complete social inadequate. Lived on his own, living room was a single chair, a projector and screen, with games consoles and freeview box linked to it. Once turned up late to a meeting because he had been watching Pokemon. Once said he had had Smarties cereal for breakfast, when challenged "I didn't know they made a cereal" replied "It was just a bowl of Smarties". Got the job because he had been there since the start. One of the main reasons I left.
***EDIT - Sorry, Smarties cereal was IT Crowd, he said Skittles, and this was several years before The IT Crowd. Yes, he was that much of a cliche.
AM - Started out as a 16 year old, mum knew the IT Director. Very smart, very capable, extremely intense. Got sacked for shagging the 15 year old work experience girl who was also the daughter of the HR manager. They remained in a relationship for over 4 years. Recently saw him again (7 year later) working in MacDonalds.
Can't remember his name - didn't turn up one day, then the police did and took a load of computers away. Now in prison.
TB - known as monkey since he turned up one day in a jumper that looked like this fella[^]. Once deleted a directory of source code by mistake; this led to the introduction of SCM. Once moved a directory of source code to a different directory by mistake. Once drove into one of the 4 foot high boulders used for traffic management on the site whilst waving good bye to someone, hit it square in the middle of the front bumper and put a V shape into the car, writing it off. Once went into town at lunchtime, when got back to car it wouldn't unlock. Phone breakdown, when they got there discovered he had been using his wife's keys to get in (not sure why he had them), his keys were in the other pocket. Once driving to work when his puppy jumped out of the car window at 60mph. It rolled down the road and was apparently unharmed. I could go on and on to be honest.
J can't remember his surname - completely dominated by his wife, all his wages paid into her account and he had to ask for any money he wanted. Hence he rarely came out on work dos cos he wasn't allowed.
CD - proper geeky dev, very talented, except at life. Spent all his nights playing EVE Online and couldn't get to work ontime. They changed his hours to start at 1400 and he still couldn't get in. Phoned up once to say he couldn't come in because of insomnia.
DT - Indian genius, wonderful bloke, massive drinker. Died of cancer in his 30s. Went through phases of drinking, vodka when working in Russia, Port at once point, and by the end was on nothing but Guinness because he thought it was good for him. I still miss him 10 years on.
I could probably go on.
One mention from a bloke who left here shortly after I joined; MH - couldn't touch any food with his hands when eating it. Watching him eat a packet of crisps was great fun.
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