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Whose job is it to remove cockroaches from the office?

Russell Conway ponders the value of thorough job descriptions

30 April 2012

They say the number 18 bus in London is infested with cockroaches. Not just little bugs but supersized, kebab-fuelled mega cockroaches which hide underneath the seats and the ducts of the bus. Apparently people riding on buses and especially night buses drop copious quantities of food down the backs of seats and on the floors and this fertile territory has attracted this most enduring of insects. Having travelled on that particular bus I must say the thought of sitting on a seat full of cockroaches sends a few shivers down my spine.

I have always been a non-lover of cockroaches. Keen on wild life yes but certain insects do bring in to question quite why they are there. Cockroaches, wasps and mosquitoes all fall very naturally into that category.

As a housing lawyer I often come across clients who rather apologetically describe their flats as damp, unheated, and, finally, infested with cockroaches. Indeed as a student I inhabited a rather grim furnished room in South Ken...

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