22 Gift Bag of Biscuits

A gift bag of broken biscuits will be issued weekly. These must be taken out of the factory on the day of issue as they are given, and must not be wrapped in any other way, or placed in pockets, until after employees are outside the factory.

No person may take out more than one bag without a pass from his or her manager. It is strictly forbidden to trade in these bags of biscuits inside or outside the works.

An employee, who is absent through illness, may have the biscuits taken to his home by arrangement with a colleague and on notification to his/her supervisor. Biscuits cannot be claimed on return to work after illness.

Employees going on holiday who wish to receive the biscuits covering the holiday period must make application to their supervisor not later than the Wednesday morning prior to going on holiday.

– Huntley & Palmer’s Ltd., Factory Handbook for the HUYTON BISCUIT FACTORY, August, 1958.

5 Responses to 22 Gift Bag of Biscuits

  1. Liz A. says:

    Our own staff handbook is nowhere near as exciting as that.

  2. Jo Spittler says:

    Thanks for making me laugh!!!

  3. Knit Nurse says:

    ho ho, love the instructions about getting them sent home if you are off sick! My sis used to work at the Thornton’s factory, they were allowed to eat whatever they wanted at the factory and buy cheap bags of misshapes to take home. After two days of working there she stopped eating the chocs and even after she left, she didn’t touch that particular brand for years!

  4. tinebeest says:

    If you only get the broken bits, it is much better to work in a biscuit factory than in a pen factory… (and tastier!)

  5. Ling Olivier says:

    Hard biscuits soften as they age. To solve this problem, early bakers attempted to create the hardest biscuit possible. Because it is so hard and dry, if properly stored and transported, navies’ hardtack will survive rough handling and high temperature. Baked hard, it can be kept without spoiling for years as long as it is kept dry. For long voyages, hardtack was baked four times, rather than the more common two, and prepared six months before sailing.:

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