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Started by DonkeyOT on Sep 23, 2020 2:10:19 PM
How Prevalent is Freemasonry In Your Workplace?

It was rife in the old RR Motors works where I used to work - to the extent that non-bretheren had virtually no chance of advancement. Even skilled tradesmen with no interest in supervisory career advancement would be given the cushiest jobs if they were in the Brotherhood. When partial redundancies loomed they'd be quietly transferred to a more secure section beforehand. I honestly believe that the promotion of under-qualified nonenties contributed to its demise and takeover by BMW of RR and Bentley going to VW. Whether the Brotherhood still dominates now I couldn't say, but I would think so.

DonkeyOT - 23 Sep 2020 14:22:19 (#1 of 112)

A chap who was working near me when I spied him revising his ritual for another term of office as Worshipful Master of the Lodge offered to nominate me for membership (100% - guaranteed!). He was stunned when I declined saying it was a concept I found repugnant.

I know they procure advancement for their members to ensure a steady income for their good causes, but I believe firms should promote solely on merit rather than through membership of a secretive society answerable to nobody but themselves.

DonkeyOT - 23 Sep 2020 14:29:37 (#2 of 112)

He was Provincial Deputy Junior Warden of Regalia then and that was twenty odd years ago, only the Supreme Architect of the Universe knows what his honorary title is now!

His pinafore must be more festooned with weighty trinkets and medallions than he can carry I should think!

Ginmonkey - 23 Sep 2020 14:44:10 (#3 of 112)

No idea, but then I am a woman and I don't think Freemasons believe in women.

Dubris - 23 Sep 2020 14:48:59 (#4 of 112)

In mine? I'm not sure but I wouldn't think very prevalent. Disappointingly nobody's ever asked me if I'd be interested. Perhaps they can tell that I'd say no, politely but firmly.

solomongursky - 23 Sep 2020 14:54:30 (#5 of 112)

Freemasons used to meet in a club where I ran the bar and they were very dull. That's my freemason story.

tasselhoff - 23 Sep 2020 14:57:32 (#6 of 112)

I have an ex-colleague who was a freemason. I only know this because he invited another colleague (who is a good friend) to join and was told he can fuck off with his offer. The latter obviously delighted in telling me this.

browserbutton - 23 Sep 2020 15:01:00 (#7 of 112)

And what do they do, these Freemasons? Charitable works?

tasselhoff - 23 Sep 2020 15:02:18 (#8 of 112)

I think they fight the Illuminati or something.

Rendered - 23 Sep 2020 15:03:52 (#9 of 112)

Costumed bumming.

solomongursky - 23 Sep 2020 15:05:02 (#10 of 112)

Talk about sheds, mostly. Incredibly dull.

My Polish girlfriend worked in the Pillars of Hercules opposite the Grand Lodge in WC2 and you couldn't chuck a brick in that pub without hitting a mason.

browserbutton - 23 Sep 2020 15:06:05 (#11 of 112)

And isn't there supposed to be a 'funny handshake' involved?

DonkeyOT - 23 Sep 2020 15:11:06 (#12 of 112)

b/b #7

From what I can gather they do contribute pretty generously to many very worthwhile good causes, but it's the underhand way they advance the careers of their bretheren often to the detriment of the those, often better qualified but not bretheren that rankles with me.

Tadagee - 23 Sep 2020 15:11:42 (#13 of 112)

I've been invited twice but not bothered. It all feels a bit naff and lower middle nowadays really.

solomongursky - 23 Sep 2020 15:12:05 (#14 of 112)

One lunchtime she put on a cd and the volume was turned right up from the night before. It was the Pulp Fiction soundtrack and the first track was Amanda Plumber's hold up speech from the start of the film. The masons were shocked and appalled to hear her say she'd execute every last one of the motherfuckers.

Agaliarept - 23 Sep 2020 15:22:48 (#15 of 112)

My father in law's brother is a Freemason. We spoke briefly about it one Christmas.

That is my Freemason story.

DonkeyOT - 23 Sep 2020 15:24:28 (#16 of 112)

Advancement to lower middle class would be a big step-up for a working class oik like me. Not sure I'd be able to cut it, though.

FrankieTeardrop - 23 Sep 2020 15:25:08 (#17 of 112)

I doubt I'll ever meet a freemason

DonkeyOT - 23 Sep 2020 15:26:49 (#18 of 112)

Bollocks! I know you'll have met hundreds - even if you didn't know it yourself!

You do know it's a secret society, don't you?

Or as they prefer to call it "A society with secrets!".

browserbutton - 23 Sep 2020 15:30:39 (#19 of 112)

What about the rolled-up trouser leg?

solomongursky - 23 Sep 2020 15:34:46 (#20 of 112)

Yeah and they bare their chest and swear something about their tongue being torn out if they blab mason secrets

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