An office worker from Watsonia has spent most of this morning actively avoiding any interaction with one of his colleagues who is notorious for proclaiming “Happy Friday” to anyone and everyone on the final day of the working week. Fraser Hughes works at an insurance firm on St Kilda Road and says he just can’t face another awkward conversation with his falsely festive co-worker.

Speaking to The Watsonia Bugle about his morning so far, Hughes said, “I decided last week that I just couldn’t take it anymore. It’s been almost a full 12 months of having ‘Happy Friday’ yelled in my face once a week. There’s only so much I can take. I mean, where do you go from there. It’s a really closed comment. I’m like no shit Sherlock, it’s Friday, but I’ve still got to get through the rest of today before I can be released from these corporate shackles. Sit back down and do some work will ya.”

Hughes also shared the lengths he had gone to so far to avoid his colleague. He said, “Normally she’ll stop saying it after about lunch time, kind of like pinch punch for the first day of the month you know – of which she’s also an active participant, as you can imagine. So I’ve been sneaking around the office all morning, taking sharp turns in the hallways, avoiding printing anything, and not drinking any liquid since about a quarter past nine. I’m parched mate, and I really need to go to the toilet, but I’m staying right here in my office cubicle until the arvo. My sanity depends on it.”