The cleaners have noticed that someone is putting cistern blocks in one of the ladies toilets. Can we please ask you not to do this as it is not covered by COSHH regulations and may react with the cleaning materials currently used.
After her husband picks up the kids Cathy does an evening shift serving in the Tanner’s Arms, (local pub) then arrives at Heidelberg Towers, after midnight. The office workers often drop by the Tanner’s after work. Cathy serves them their favourite tipples as she tries to work out which people have made her night cleaning shift harder than necessary. Who is:
- The messy eater on the south corner of floor 4? Maybe it’s that lady with the over-sized handbag and threads hanging from the hem of her jacket. She even looks crumby. Doreen.
- Always blocking the sole-trader’s toilets, flr 6? Maybe it’s that very tall blonde chap who likes his Vodka Russian, he must have a large colon.
Cathy knows many of the Heidelberg Towers office workers by name. She knows their families from their desktop photographs. They don’t know her, she’s invisible behind the bar and she’s left the Towers before they arrive in the morning. It wasn’t always like that, there was a time when Tanner’s customers would smile at her, share a story and buy her a drink. She wouldn’t swap her 3 kids to get those leery smiles back, though she’d like to be seen again.
Cathy enjoys polishing the glass on office workers’ family photographs, it reminds her of her own very special family. Derek is due to be released in 6 months, they’ll all be together again. Well, not that they actually get to spend much time together in-between day jobs, night jobs and school. Cathy get’s a couple of waking hours with the kids each day, just after and just before bedtime – when they’re grumpiest.
By 7am Cathy’s shift is over, the worn carpets are clean, the toilets are sparkling and the window sills wiped. Cathy stays for a chat with the receptionists Laurel and Hannah before hurrying home to her waking family. Laurel and Hannah tell Cathy that ‘Odd Jenny’ (who cleans the odd-numbered floors) has complained again. Jenny’s threatening to walk out because someone’s put a cistern-cleaning block in one of the ladies toilets. Seriously! They had to email the whole building to ask them not to do their own cleaning in-case Odd Jenny buggers off.