A man in Hull was astonished last Sunday morning when the newspaper he had been patiently waiting for behind his mother's front door since around 6:30am, was eventually delivered by the paperboy - who turned out to be a papergirl, which was unnerving!
Moys Kenwood, 55, was staying at his mam's house in the city, and had risen early eager for the news of what was going on in the world. He sat in a chair pending the arrival of the daily-printed document that his mother consistently ordered from the local newsagent.
Hearing the gate being opened, he got to his feet, opened the door, and held out his hand to accept the delivery, expecting, all the while, to be confronted by some hoodie-clad fat knacker in sagging, grey, ankle-strangling jogging bottoms and a pair of tatty, old Reeboks. What he saw, left him stunned.
The deliverer was a girl of about 17 in a blue waterproof jacket and jeans, and adidas trainers. She had a pretty face, and smiled as she handed over the newspaper, although this could have been a response to having witnessed Kenwood is his dressing gown. She then uttered the phrase:
Having completed her task, she made haste, leaving the dumbfounded Englishman agape.
The incident is the latest in an ever-growing list of similar 'role reversals', whereby females have encroached into areas of employment traditionally occupied by males, such as football commentators and Prime Ministers.