Saturday’s Smiles

10/10/2009

A man  was driving down a deserted stretch of highway when he noticed a sign  which read

SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS 
HOUSE OF PROSTITUTION 
10 Km 

He thought it was a figment of his imagination and drove on without a second thought…. 

Soon he saw another sign which read: 

SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS 
HOUSE OF PROSTITUTION 
5 Km

He began to think these signs were genuine as he drove past a third sign saying: 

SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS 
HOUSE OF PROSTITUTION 
NEXT RIGHT 

His curiosity got the best of him and he turned into the drive. On the far side of the parking lot was a stone building with a small sign next to the door reading: 

SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS 

He climbed the steps and rang the bell. The door was answered by a nun in a long black habit who asked, “What may we do for you my son?” 

He answered, “I saw your signs along the highway and was interested in possibly doing business…..” 

“Very well my son. Please follow me,” she said and led him through many winding passages so he was soon quite disoriented. The nun finally stopped at a closed door and said, “I will leave you now. Please knock on this door and do as you are asked.” 

He knocked and another nun in a long habit, holding a tin cup answered the door… This nun said, “Please place $100 in the cup then go through the large wooden door at the end of the hallway.” 

He put $100 in the cup, eagerly trotted down the hall and slipped through the door pulling it shut behind him. 

The door locked, and he found himself back in the parking lot facing another sign: 

GO IN PEACE. 
YOU HAVE JUST BEEN SCREWED BY THE SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS. 
SERVES YOU RIGHT, YOU SINNER


Please Miss

22/09/2008

Should a teacher lose her job for moonlighting as a prostitute?

Teachers and their advocates are constantly complaining about teachers’ workloads. The school board could use this to justify concerns that the teacher’s extra-curricular activities would compromise her ability to do her day job properly. But:

The woman reportedly told the principal that her action in her own time was not his concern, and that it was not affecting her ability as a teacher.

Teachers Council director Peter Lind said the most important factor was whether the teacher’s second job was affecting her teaching duties, “and there would have to be actual evidence”.

That’s not easy because there are a whole lot of things which might impinge on a teachers’ performance in the classroom which would not be sackable offences, the demands of looking after young children or elderly relatives, for example.

But prostitution is a wee bit different from these altruisitc activities and that might create difficulties.

It’s a primary school so the board doesn’t need to concern itself over the possibility of pupils hiring the teacher to help them with their homework. But it might worry about problems which could arise if pupils’ fathers – or mothers – were clients.

It might also have concerns about how the teacher’s side-line activities impact on the school’s reputation and that of the teaching profession:

Employment lawyer John Hannan, who knew of the case, said a school could possibly take action even if it didn’t have a policy either preventing teachers taking secondary jobs or ensuring they first seek approval from their board. “It’s a case of whether the outside employment is regarded as incompatible with the role of a teacher in terms of role-modelling and in terms of any policies that the board of trustees might have in place.”

Another employment lawyer, Patrick Walsh, said the council could intervene if the school deemed the teacher’s second job involved “conduct that brings discredit to the profession”.

There is a glimmer of hope then, that the board might be within its rights to tell her she can’t do both jobs. And if it’s not then what does that say about our society?

I don’t know why she needs the extra money and what happens to her two children while she’s earning it. But if she thinks she’s doing it for them she’s got her priorities wrong.

And whatever employment law states, I wouldn’t want my children taught by a prostitute because making something legal doesn’t make it right.


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