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to think that DD1 should be allowed to read whatever book she likes while on her break at work?

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wongadotmom Wed 19-Feb-14 19:47:58

DD1 (21) has just told me she was asked into the office at work today as a complaint had been made against her.

She initially assumed that it had been to do with her work but learned that two women had actually complained that they were offended by the book she had been seen reading while on her lunch break.

The book was 'Porno' by Irvine Welsh - I have not read the book myself therefore cannot judge whether it is offensive or not.

DD said that she was really into the book at the moment and offered to put a cover over the book so that no one could see what she was reading.

She was told no and must show more sensitivity to the womens' religion and must not bring the book into work again.

She is a little shaken up by this incident as nothing like this has ever happened to anyone else and people actually read The Sun and The Mail during their breaks with no problem.

I have told her that she should be allowed to read whatever she wants on her unpaid break but AIBU?

capsium Wed 19-Feb-14 19:49:21

If I was her I'd start going out for lunch...

JohnnyUtah Wed 19-Feb-14 19:50:57

She shouldn't be allowed to read things in public that the manager thinks are inappropriate or offensive. But the offer of adding a plain cover should have sufficed, I think.

candycoatedwaterdrops Wed 19-Feb-14 19:51:14

Nope, YANBU unless she is in a customer facing role and was reading in view of customers.

StrawberryCheese Wed 19-Feb-14 19:51:20

Yanbu. It's her time to do/read whatever she likes. I'm assuming she's not reading out loud so don't understand why anyone could be offended.

YellowDinosaur Wed 19-Feb-14 19:51:20

On her unpaid lunch break she should be able to read whatever she likes

gordyslovesheep Wed 19-Feb-14 19:51:31

ah some one complained, she was informed, end of - no one died - she will be fine

I have one member of staff who complains constantly about my every move - it gets quiet amusing after a while grin

DoctorDonnaNoble Wed 19-Feb-14 19:51:43

We had a colleague complain about us even talking about the Da Vinci Code as it attacked her faith. The amusing thing was we were talking about how rubbish it was! Some people are just weird.

scarffiend Wed 19-Feb-14 19:51:58

They probably assumed it was an actual porno. Which would be inappropriate.

Jolleigh Wed 19-Feb-14 19:52:07

Paid break or not, she can't expect it to be ok to display the word 'porno' in any way in the workplace. (She has good taste in authors at least!)

That said, if she chucks a cover on the book next time, who precisely is going to come and check what she's reading?

Oubliette0292 Wed 19-Feb-14 19:52:10

You could solve the problem by getting her a kindle so no one can tell what she is reading.

joanofarchitrave Wed 19-Feb-14 19:52:20

I am horrified by this but Dr Google tells me that the circulation of offensive material at work can be considered misconduct. I suppose if your DD were relaxing with 'Ku Klux Klan News' or 'Penthouse' I would support something being done about that.

In her case I would get a new job as fast as possible get a Kindle.

theimposter Wed 19-Feb-14 19:53:00

From what I remember it's not too bad a book but the cover is quite loud on my copy with a sex doll face and bright colours. It depends where she works as to whether putting a cover over it would be polite if she is public facing but they ABU to tell her she can't read what she wants if she offered to cover it!

Luciferbox Wed 19-Feb-14 19:53:11

I agree, she should be able to read whatever she wants in her break. I'd look to invest in a kindle so they won't know what's she's reading in the future.

capsium Wed 19-Feb-14 19:53:28

She could have some fun thinking of a suitable cover!!! grin

BigOrange Wed 19-Feb-14 19:53:44

I know we hate The Fail and all but I'm not sure it falls under the same bracket as an offensive title... What was said about the women's religion sorry?

ifyourehoppyandyouknowit Wed 19-Feb-14 19:54:13

Is it the versi and with the blow up doll on the cover? I'd just put a different cover over the it, they'll never know.

She should get a kindle, then she can read actual porn the in break room and her pearl clutching colleagues wont have a clue.

innisglas Wed 19-Feb-14 19:56:30

Unbelievable! I would look for another job and ignore the order. I'm all for sensible rules, but that is nothing to do with the work, and the management shouldn't be catering to the most unreasonable wishes of its staff.

MissSingerbrains Wed 19-Feb-14 19:58:03

So these women are not offended by people reading The Sun with its Page 3 and sensationalist headlines?


wongadotmom Wed 19-Feb-14 19:58:43

The women are muslim and DD was horrified that she had inadvertently offended them.

But surely the cover and content of newspapers such as the Sun and Daily Mail would cause offence enough to be banned from the workplace also?

Maybe DD could start complaining about what colleagues are reading during their break time!

HadABadDay2014 Wed 19-Feb-14 19:58:47

Is it a paid break.

When I was forced to work 1/2 hour longer that 1/2 hour became my break. I am not paid for it so I can do what ever I choose to do.

If she is paid for her breaks then the company can say what she can't do

capsium Wed 19-Feb-14 19:59:11

Maybe she could read this and start making comments <head tilt>

gordyslovesheep Wed 19-Feb-14 20:01:34

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IHaveSeenMyHat Wed 19-Feb-14 20:03:23

From the thread title alone: OF FUCKING COURSE.

I think it's outrageous that these women are (inadvertently or not) playing the religion card here. They have no right to be offended by the title of a novel.

Your DD should make a point of shielding the covers of her books in future. Or start reading The Satanic Verses next grin

Floggingmolly Wed 19-Feb-14 20:06:36

Why would it be offensive to muslims in particular?

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