My answer to What is the most ridiculous thing that you have ever convinced someone to believe?
Answer by Desmond Last:
I used to work at Renault Vehicules Industriels in Dunstable. I was the Legislation Manager.
Part of my job involved forecasting changes to vehicle regulations which would affect truck design. I decided my boss needed a lesson in humor – he was a straight face man.
I copied an E.U Directive and altered it to state that all vehicles being made in the U.K would have to change from right-hand drive to left-hand drive to be the same as European vehicles. This was because the U.K was going to have to drive on the same side of the road as the rest of Europe.
I attached a letter from the Department of Transport stating the change would have to take place immediately. All cars etc were to drive on the left and all vehicles would have to made as left-hand drive.
I put it in a U.K Government envelope and posted it to my boss – who spent most of his day avoiding the possibility of offending his boss in anyway . My boss was a typical ‘Bend over Britain’ Of course the whole of the U.K is like that now.
We were meant to forecast changes up to 10 years ahead. (Brexit take note).
I watched as my boss opened the letter and read it. He looked at it several times as he saw his pension disappear with his job.
He put the letter and Directive into his draw and walked off in a daze. I did not see him again for a while. He never spoke about it and I guess he eventually realized it was April Ist.