Cemetery workers to be given etiquette lessons
The city authorities in Bruges (West Flanders) have decided to give staff working at the city’s municipal cemeteries lessons in etiquette.
The decision has come about after a number of complaints about cemetery workers' attitude and dress during funerals. The workers that are to be taught some manners are in charge of digging graves and the general maintenance at the cemeteries.
They also accompany funeral corteges to the deceased's final resting place. Recently, the local authority in Bruges has received complaints about the cemetery workers' behaviour.
The Bruges Alderman responsible for Population and the Civil Registry Martine Matthys (Christian democrat) told the VRT that "I have experienced this at my own father's funeral".
"It is often about the little things like their attitude or what they are wearing. We ask cemetery workers to be careful when a funeral cortege is passing. If they are busy digging a grave they should do so discretely. They should also turn the radio off."
Towards the end of the year white-collar staff serve members of the public will also be given etiquette lessons.
[Flandersnews.be / Expatica]