No 'passion gap', supermarket staff told

2011-02-02 10:10

Cape Town - Employees at a supermarket in Big Bay, Bloubergstrand, have been instructed to come to work with a full set of teeth, or show proof that they are planning to get false teeth if they are missing some.

This controversial warning was stuck up at a staff entrance at Checkers in Seaside Village last year. It stated the regulation would be valid from October 27.

The notice was taken down by an unknown person and spread around.

An employee who preferred to remain anonymous, said on Tuesday the notice had caught employees off guard.


"When we got to work, the notice was there. Some of the people were very upset because it's not cheap to have new teeth made. Those who didn't have front teeth, had to leave the shop."

She saw how one of her colleagues who didn't have front teeth, came out of the shop manager's office, visibly upset.

This colleague and another who also had some teeth missing, were allowed back into the shop after the conversation.

But they apparently also had to show proof from a dentist or people manufacturing false teeth that they were planning to get new teeth.

It is apparently not the cashiers who are missing teeth, but the employees who help customers in the shop aisles, said another employee, who also wanted to remain anonymous.

"We think some of the people who came shopping complained about the way in which some people speak."

Customers apparently couldn't hear the answers when they were asked what the price of an item was.

Staff notice

Shoprite Checkers spokesperson Sarita van Wyk, confirmed the "staff notice" was put up last year at the shop.

"The notice was put up for a short while last year after an internal agreement was reached with the staff at this branch.

"They agreed to this amongst themselves."

It was only valid at this specific branch.

A similar notice was put up in a Shoprite supermarket in Woodstock, Cape Town, last year.

  • stargazeraisling - 2011-02-02 10:14


      Ponkie - 2011-02-02 18:30

      Daar sal 'n geween en 'n ge-kners van tanne wees. En vir die wattie tanne het om te kners nie sal daar voor dentures gegee word!

      FatBoySlim - 2011-02-02 20:48

      nuffing like a cape kulid wiff no teef

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-03 11:29

      @egmaarman: Ek weet nie watter Kaaps jy van praat nie, maar hier waar ek vandaan kom is "djy" baie algemeen, ook "dzy", partykeer sommer plein "zy".

      Mike - 2011-02-03 11:41

      @egmaarman - If you have never heard a kapi speak like that then you have not travelled - travel broadens the mind - I for one have heard many a coloured say djy - se there!! If you feel offended - the the truth hurts - ne? (ne with a kappie daarop)

      Barry M - 2011-02-03 14:47

      egmaarman, how long have you been in the Cape? - "Djy" is an accepted word on the Cape Flats. Catch a wake up and travel out of your comfort zone old bean!

      karendb - 2011-02-03 17:06

      @egmaarman - if you have never heard the cape coloured saying "djy" then you have never heard the cape coloured speak. That is the way they speak. They have their own language a mixture of a modified version of English/Afrikaans and some words that don't appear in any other language and is unique to them. And I'm not talking about their famous "djou ma se....". They can generally speak perfect English without an accent if they are speaking to a white person, but if they speak Afrikaans or there are only coloureds in the company they use their own unique language - and why shouldn't they? Its nothing to be ashamed of and adds most of the colour to our rainbow nation. They will also generally laugh along with you as they mostly have a brilliant sense of humour, except for the stuck up ones who have a chip on their shoulder and are trying to be another race. If you are coloured you are in major denial and you are definitely one of the stuck ones, wishing he was not coloured.

      Mebob - 2011-02-04 07:10

      This is part of the character of Cape Coloureds as gold is to Indians as pap en wors to the boere and so forth.It is our very own unique trademark that sets us apart from each.You can say it is our signature etc.

  • logical007 - 2011-02-02 10:16

    All I want for christmas are my 2 front teeth!!!! This is seriously not news worthy

      Toolman69 - 2011-02-02 10:23

      Dont you mean "chwistmas" ans "fwont" LOL

      tripwire - 2011-02-03 10:42

      I totally had the voice down in my head when you said that Cory , LOL !

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-03 11:31

      @Corry: Ons praat hier van tanne, dis nie nodig om Die Antwoord te quote nie!

  • Trevor Obery - 2011-02-02 10:17

    eish...thats just friggin crazy

  • sheffieldhs - 2011-02-02 10:18

    Good, run your business the way you want it, with staff looking presentable and also able to speak and sound professional when dealing with customers.

      Thor - 2011-02-02 11:42

      Shistirrer... So you the packer missing front teeth

      P226 - 2011-02-02 12:51

      hahaha, please... stop!

      Werner - 2011-02-02 14:26

      It's Checkers, who the hell needs to be professional?

      Lanfear - 2011-02-03 11:51

      LOL! @ Werner - nonsense! The Checkers in my neighbourhood is an excellent shop with real value for money, it outshines the local PicknPay and Spar by far. Almost on par with the excellent local Woolies foods.

  • CharlSkeptic - 2011-02-02 10:19

    And it's not even 1 April....

  • P226 - 2011-02-02 10:23

    I don't see how this could be a problem? It has been a custom for a long time within our Coloured community, no? I think it's cute.

      Fairy - 2011-02-02 10:37

      YEs it is unique to cape town and i think it this is rediculous. It is same as snoek & capetown. The one go with the other.. Personally I think it is short sighted from shopright if this is true Love to see those people always smiling... and it is all about how you present yourself and not what you look like

      carinx - 2011-02-02 10:47

      not so cute to experience gory stuff while shopping for fresh food products though. would probably look somewhat better in a hardware store

      Eric West - 2011-02-02 10:53

      Djou maahse ... :)

      Anthony - 2011-02-02 11:50

      Djou Maahse.......False Teeth hahahaha

      P226 - 2011-02-02 12:23

      @carinx. Whats gory about not having two front teeth?

      carinx - 2011-02-02 14:19

      well in most cases it's the fact that one has to stare into those red, uneven gums - and of course the way one has to sidestep the accompanying spray. almost the same as watching a woman in a dress squatting in a bad way. not something one can always face unexpectedly.. nee dankie! and quite different from a 6 year old's haasbekkie, which is bad enough as it is.

      NotGuilty - 2011-02-02 15:01

      Jirre my brew!

      Maryna123 - 2011-02-02 15:25


      CatvonH - 2011-02-02 16:00

      @carinx you are a snob

      carinx - 2011-02-02 17:46

      me a thnob?? neverr!!

      Byron Nicholas - 2011-02-03 08:50

      LMJas Fairy, that a classic and so true

      Thabiso - 2011-02-03 09:05

      @Fairy - What you look like has everything to do with how you present yourself, people without front teeth shouldn't be anywhere near food, as they sprinkle saliva whenever they open their mouths.

      woutieboutie - 2011-02-03 12:41

      My thoughts exactly!!

      cancer1983 - 2011-02-03 14:13

      I think the rule is rubbish. It amounts to discrimination. It's the same with tattoos and piecings. But what I'm curious about is WHY do so many Cape coloured have no front teeth. Is it poor oral hygiene? Is it done deliberately? Or is it genetic?

      elbie - 2011-02-03 18:45

      @cancer1983. Yes, it's genetic.

      Picasso - 2011-02-04 07:06

      Agree, when I go to Cape Town I specially look for the teethless Capies. They are as part of Cape Town as gangsters are of Gauteng and farmers of North West!

      ddgrib - 2011-02-04 09:56

      @cancer1983? is your stupidity deliberate or genetic?

      ange - 2011-02-04 10:00

      It's not genetic. They have the teeth extracted when they are teenagers so they can kiss more passionately.

      cancer1983 - 2011-02-04 10:14

      In my research I found out that it is a cultural thing where they deliberately remove their teeth for vaious reasons like kissing, fashion, heritage and peer pressure. Thank you Elbie and Ange for responding. @ddgrib - In what way was I being stupid? I noticed that in your response you never actually supplied me with an answer, so thanks for that. P.S. My dad's a doctor and I have an IQ of 152, so I guess my "stupidity" is genetic. P.S.S. Go fik yourself :-)

      MightyBoosh - 2011-02-04 13:34

      Cute equals "Ugly But Interesting"

  • ctjohn01 - 2011-02-02 10:24

    Geez, next they will demand that employees bath at least once a day, and dont come to work looking like they slept in the park! Heheheheheh

  • AgJaNoFine - 2011-02-02 10:25

    This was originally a spam email with a picture. Spam is usually bollocks and corrupt information anyway. I cannot believe that this has become a newsworthy item. Seriously disappointing News24. Pathetic.

      Gemstone - 2011-02-02 11:48

      I would love more stories like these. I had such a nice laugh. When does it qualify to be newsworthy? No guts and glory enough? As for Checkers, you want full set of teeth, you pay for it. You employed them without teeth.

      anitaw07 - 2011-02-02 14:09

      Come on This is one of the decent stories ... or not enough guts and gore for you??? SMILE

      Mike - 2011-02-03 11:47

      @Gemstone - you are so presumptious - how can you even state that Checkers employed them without teeth - what if they were employed WITH teeth and then had them removed. Don't jump to comclusions - you a-hole!

      cancer1983 - 2011-02-03 14:18

      Hey Mike what's with the name calling? This is a light hearted discussion. Chill out! Besides if they hired them with teeth I'm pretty sure you can't fire someone for losing his/her teeth.

  • Shistirrer - 2011-02-02 10:31

    Ag naai man, wat is 'n Kypie sônner sy pêssen gêp? I suggest the staff get themselves a good lawyer. I wanna bet their employment contracts didn't specify compulsory teeth - this is illegal and probably unconstitutional as well. Probably some rich bitch that immigrated from overseas or Gauteng that complained. What's next? Complaints that the snoek smells too much like her .... ???!

      Krush - 2011-02-02 10:54

      Actually an employer may tell an employee how to dress and look to come to work, these requirements are by law allowed. I just went and looked it up in the labour law.

      Esmeralda - 2011-02-02 11:37

      I come from Gauteng!!! But i also prefer Kypies without teeth. The one cannot go with the other. It is very unfair towards them. Shame we have a friend who lives in Cape Town and when she visits we always make jokes!!!

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-02 13:21

      @Krush: True, but teeth aren't clothes, it's part of your physical makeup. Secondly, if their employment contracts did not stipulate the teeth issue, the employer cannot at a later stage require it, it's breach of contract. Except of course if the employer pays for all the false teeth, the it's a different story.

      Worldwise - 2011-02-02 18:04

      @Krush, so then the employer can stipulate blond hair and blue eyes? Or how about all those that have shaved their pubic hair have to sport a full bush? How about those with wrinkles need to go for Botox treatment? Rubbish man, you can stipulate what an employee will wear before employing him/her but there is no ways you can tell them what they will physically look like. And its illegal to specify what medical treatment a person will have. Its their choice.

      Krush - 2011-02-03 11:20

      worldwise, i didn't make the law... But anyway, yes - unfortunately you can lose your job as a result of physical criteria, although i'm sure it rarely happens in your normal corporate or industrial type of business. Today you're a pretty thin receptionist in a busy market related corporate environment, one year down the line you're fat, your hair is falling out and you've lost your front teeth - you're not longer (in the world's eyes) suitable for a front desk position. You get told to sort yourself out or you lose your job. I don't agree that it's right but its how the world works. Men choose their girlfriends that way not so? Whether Checkers/Shoprite had this criteria in place before/after the notice went out I wouldn't know. And if they reason is that they are unable to communicate clearly and can no longer meet the criteria required for their job description I also don't know...anything is possible. If you have green hair, piercings and exposed tattoo's I wouldn't hire you, you're a bad reflection on my business - and sadly you could be the most amazing person and top notch at your job.

      Mike - 2011-02-03 11:52

      @Krush "Men choose their girlfriends that way also" - you words - Sometimes: It depends on how much alcohol has been imbibed!

  • Licikityspit - 2011-02-02 10:38

    Holy Thit!

      amagwadi40 - 2011-02-03 14:03


  • Paul - 2011-02-02 10:39

    I lost a tooth after my neighbour and myself got into a discussion about my dogs. I do not like wearing the false teeth, and I think the gap adds character. I dont think the Supermarket will get away with this.

      Kenko - 2011-02-02 10:51

      So he moered you dik hey? Next time bliksem him with a spanner! Then he will have some character too! Haha you're funny nogal.

      Lanata - 2011-02-02 11:03

      Paul, You need to keep your hands higher when defending yourself. DO not, I repeat, do not block shots with your face -it's bad practise. :-)

      Perfume - 2011-02-02 13:57

      ROFLMAO @Kenko....hey Paul you lost a tooth but wearing false teeth, how many did your neighbour knock out heehee

      AJ - 2011-02-03 07:01

      Guys, Paul did not say he LOST the fight....

      green_goblin - 2011-02-03 09:11

      ROFLMAO @ Lanata.. Just brilliant m8, had a good laugh about that

      Thabiso - 2011-02-03 09:16

      @AJ - No one said Paul lost a fight. - 2011-02-03 10:16

      They were talking about dogs, they were not fighting. Paul,s stikkie slut him wif emptie borrol, he did not whin discushen.

      brinjal - 2011-02-03 10:29

      You lose the tooth biting him?

      sbuda - 2011-02-03 11:44

      hahahahahaha Lanata *dead* Paul u got fckd up lekker neh hahaha!! why didnt your dog help? prob got bitten by the other dog too hahahaha PRICELESS!!

      Mgayi - 2011-02-03 14:15

      Hey Paul , In case you did not notice . . I AM YOUR NEIGHBOUR , sorry you lost the tooth but I hope you kept the lesson

      tut - 2011-02-03 14:42

      Hey Paul join the DA - Dentures Anonymous! Get a free pack of wine gums too!

      knorpatat - 2011-02-03 15:57

      paul sê dêtien (13)

  • Alfred - 2011-02-02 10:41

    "Ag jirre bru! I'll cut dose laahnies whut says I must haves bofe my frunt teefs!" What a load of bollocks. I'd tell the boss to lose 30kg's before she comes back to work 'cos she's frightening the customers away.

  • - 2011-02-02 10:41

    This sounds very much like discrimination!!! Everyone in South Africa know that in some culture it is tradition and part of their culture. I would challange this in court. Secondly these people were hired to work for them when already had their Passion Gaps so how can you suddenly change your policy.

  • BeverleyDuPreez - 2011-02-02 10:43

    Sis on you Checkers! You employed them without teeth ... if you want them to have teeth, then YOU pay for them! I still cannot figure out how this would affect the way the employees work though? Discrimination at the highest level!

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-02 10:49

      Spot on!

      Duffster - 2011-02-02 10:51

      Go Checkers! Discrimination at the highest level?? Whatever!!! What is wrong with wanting the PUBLIC FACE and REPRESENTATIVE of your company looking respectable and speaking respectably. If they don't bother about their own appearance, how can you expect them to bother about the business they work for? Would you employ someone if they were missing all their front teeth and had to be in contact with your customers, Beverly?

      Fredster69 - 2011-02-02 11:00

      Yes Checkers, you chew on That one...

      Alfred - 2011-02-02 11:17

      Duffster, probably the same way you would expect a customer to simply get over the fact that woman in "respectable" companies make holes in their ears to stick shiney things into and put coloured stuff on their faces. It's all a matter of perception. As long as they are clean, tidy and don't have their fingers up their noses I don't see how it's anybody else's business how many teeth they have.

      exocist - 2011-02-02 16:42


      pat - 2011-02-04 02:16

      I love the Cape Coloured people.They are warm , friendly people !!With or without front teeth...DOESN'T bother me one bit!!

  • Joy - 2011-02-02 10:44


  • Limpopoist - 2011-02-02 10:47

    I dont think is a good idea anyway,cape town people looks great that way,and they have beautful smile. Rather go to spur :"for people with taste of life"

      Deon - 2011-02-02 20:00


  • Eric West - 2011-02-02 10:48

    OMG, this is hilarious!!!

  • Haas Das - 2011-02-02 10:49

    Hey wa jou tanne??

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-02 10:49

    Geth outh of tha cithy...Intentionally removing your front teeth, Aikona. And I thought it was because of opening beer bottles...

      Perfume - 2011-02-02 13:59

      It was a fashion statement once upon a time, I know of friends that pulled out their front teeth just to be in the fashion, today they are forced to wear false teeth heehee.

  • Bantu - 2011-02-02 10:53

    Ha ha awu hu hu

  • BlackSwan - 2011-02-02 10:53

    Agge no man "Dith dan my man the wenth"

  • HomerSimpson - 2011-02-02 10:56

    Hey, I think this is a great idea. It would be nice if people could speak to you instead of spitting at you!

  • Kenko - 2011-02-02 10:57

    I always wanted to know. How do they lose the teeth? I can't imagine someone walking around with a hammer and chisel calling "Toof removal! Chiep chiep toof removal!" Is it bad tooth maintenance or some cultural thing? It doesn't bother me and I like the Capies, they are funny. Just don't give them dagga - that makes them NOT funny.

      GT - 2011-02-02 11:23

      They pull them out as teenagers because the fink its kool. Dumbest thing in SA - 2011-02-03 10:04


      elbie - 2011-02-03 13:51

      @Mike. Yes.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-02-02 10:59

    Putting in front teeth can lead to medical emergencies.

  • Shayne_22 - 2011-02-02 10:59


  • Jessie W - 2011-02-02 10:59

    I Think the employer is totally within their right to request that their staff members have a full set of teeth, just as they should wear a uniform if it's part of the company policy. If false teeth are expensive, then look after the ones that are sitting in your mouth anyway, and don't pull them out!

      Picasso - 2011-02-04 07:15

      The least the employer can do is to pay for the teeth. How much is the average pay for Checkers workers and how much is false teeth?

  • PhumiNel - 2011-02-02 10:59

    Really.. This in Cape Town? This is just a stratergy to dismiss 90% of the work force...

      JR.lenoir - 2011-02-02 18:11

      ...and to replace them with xhosa workers from the townships around Blouberg. It's sneaky, but the joke will be on them, as shoppers at the Shoprite in Mowbray can attest to. The future at the Checkers at Blouberg: (a) vacant stares, (b) no work ethic, (c) unhelpful staff, and (d) the ever present language-issue. "Hi there, where are the kitchen sieves?" "Ha! sifs?" "Uh yes, kitchen sieves, you know like either a colander or a strainer? I wouldn't mind getting both" "eish..! We don't have the sifs" "Uh... can you please check for me?" "uuuuhhhhhh"

      Des123 - 2011-02-03 10:01

      @JR.lenoir and WPWW. having come across a couple of ignorant black people does not make you a superior race but just as ignorant. i have come across my fair shair of ignorant white people but that doesn't automatically make me superior in any ways as a person and people like you are more dangerous because they walk around thinking they are somehow interligent. dude, i really feel sorry for you.

      stoney - 2011-02-03 10:23're really getting on my nerves...why couldn't you move your fat useless lazy 'superior' white ass and actually find the mulch yourself (how difficult can that be??) - always expecting the black man to come and help you because you can't do shit for yourself

      JR.lenoir - 2011-02-03 10:38

      @Des123 I am curious where exactly did I say anything about the "superior race" or even portray myself as such? Get of your high horse son. As for my experiences with Xhosa workers in the Western Cape, I am yet to meet someone in a shop who is black, speak Xhosa, and also motivated and helpful. In all my years, it has NEVER happened. It has even come to the point where if I notice someone is Xhosa, I do not even bother any more, because it's always the same. Vacant stare = time wasted! My checklist so far of helpful staff include: Coloureds? yes! whites? yes! Chinese? yes! Indians? yes! Zulus? Yes! Somalis? YES! Zimbabwean? Yes! Other Africans? Yes! (mostly) PS: If I could change anything in the WC, it would be that the vast majority of black people employed in the WC were from Zimbabwe. They're educated, dedicated and extremely hard workers (and more importantly they don't come with the entitlement I see in our locals).

  • Jessie W - 2011-02-02 11:01

    I think it's reasonable for the employers to expect their staff members to look presentable and have a full set of teeth - it would be the same as expecting them to wear a uniform if that is required. Seriously, if you're going to bitch that false teeth are expensive, don't yank the ones in your mouth out in the first place.

      Wena! - 2011-02-02 11:11

      Yes, but then it should be part of your recruitment requirements. "Wanted: Shop assistant. Must have own teeth" Seriously, if you employ them without the teeth, you can't change your mind later on.

      Antoinette - 2011-02-02 11:38

      S0, next they'll tell us what we should weigh, or if your teeth are skew that you should sort that out. If checkers wants them to have teeth, pay for it. You hired them that way, so it's up to you.

      Esmeralda - 2011-02-02 11:43

      A uniform is supplied by checkers but not the teeth!

      nuclear - 2011-02-02 13:01

      If this is within their rights, then Muslims can be told that no scarves are allowed too! Slippery slope Checkers!

      JR.lenoir - 2011-02-02 18:26

      I agree Jessie (GigglyGirl84). I think staff members should look "presentable", so if you have acne scarring from your years as an unfortunate teenager with far too oily skin, or just happens to be a woman who has entered menopause or just appears to have a bushy moustache, guess what... you're fired! Frizzy hair? Oh hell no! Your hair better be straight... GigglyGirl84 says you can't work here, and that goes for your too, Mr "Vertically Challenged, Under 4-foot freak". Oh! That includes people with disabilities too, can't have them looking "unhealthy" in their wheelchairs, or not being able to stand up straight because of cerebral palsy, polio. What you can't hear? Sorry about it, GigglyGirl84 says you can't work here, because you don't look presentable. Oh! and sorry about your crooked teeth, better luck next time, because unless you have DaVinci veneers you can't work here... Oh and if you're overweight, guess what? We don't like your unsightly bulges. What's that you have your own cultural practices? Sorry... we don't want you here. Take that bone out of your nose... Yeah, doesn't sound so cool now right GigglyGirl84?

      Jessie W - 2011-02-03 09:04

      JR Lenoir - Acne scarring? use make up to conceal. Menopause moustaches? Wax them. Hair - generally not an issue when you're in a frontline position, unless you've coloured it neon pink or something (which might go down well in some businesses, but then that's the way the business is run). It would be the same thing to have tattoos on display - it's not appropriate, so cover it up (in this case, get some teeth). How sick are you to compare disabled people to people who having willingly had their teeth removed? Disabled people didn't choose to be disabled - these people CHOSE to remove their teeth. Nuclear - everyone has the right to practice their religion, be it wearing head scarfs, a cross around their neck, whatever - but since when is it a religious thing to remove your teeth? Seriously, people should think a little further before yanking out their front teeth. It might be great for a blow job, but not when it comes to representing a business.

      JR.lenoir - 2011-02-03 10:18

      @Jessie W (GigglyGirl84) It certainly is cultural, regardless of whether or not you view it to be abhorrent, unnecessary or "stupid". It might not be a practice that all coloureds in the Western Cape adhere to, but it was created out of a specific set of historical circumstances on the Cape Flats. Why do they do it? Initially it was a means to show wealth. Those who could afford dentures or gold teeth were generally "richer" then those that could not, hence the desire to pull their teeth, or at least to "show off the gold in their mouths". It might be voluntary, however when a cultural norm becomes a precedent, individuality generally takes a backseat. Case and point: Sandton women in the late 90s with their big hair and hilariously stupid outfits. "Only in your minds did you look sexy" We could expand this even further. Why do women pierce their ears, or wear makeup? Why do some get tattoos? Regardless, of my personal preference for a full set of teeth, or minimal makeup on women, this was/is an actual cultural phenomena that some on the Flats prescribe to. The same can be said for the boorish nature of Sandton women, especially the rise of the Sandton Black Diamond (the rise of the rich black African), who all seem to be anal retentive, idiotic and mentally vacuous, yet they are filling a new cultural niche. As for my comment on the disabled, it still stands and the comparison is actually valid. You brought this issue up, and showcased your own ignorance and stupidity.

      greervalley - 2011-02-03 16:14

      this case is just another example of how people are discriminated against everyday in cape town. I'm going to drown myself now. so tired of reading this racist bullshit.

  • OllieMor - 2011-02-02 11:02


  • Darwinian - 2011-02-02 11:04

    Discrimination at its best!

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2011-02-02 11:06

    Checkers you are sick, why not pay your staff a decent wage, medical aid, pension fund, then worry about teeth, How many of your managerial staff have false teeth in their mouths. And do you know how much they cost?? Most probely all their salaries. Have a heart, they are not all money grabbers like you, but workers trying to make a decent living to look after their families. I wont be shopping at Checkers any more. Everyone Boycott Checkers.

      Trevor - 2011-02-02 11:21

      how are they then going to pay the workers looking after their families

      yeldarb - 2011-02-02 11:48

      I suppose you also have falth teef. I would not support your business if yuor staff were aloud to speak to customers with their discusting mouths. Sies man

      willierobbie - 2011-02-02 11:54

      I work for Checkers, who's going to pay my salary then???

      4daluvofSA - 2011-02-02 15:11

      Hey Willierobbie, how many front teeth are you missing? :-)

  • Mr Wendal - 2011-02-02 11:10

    Djou Ma se ...........tande?

  • reibad - 2011-02-02 11:13

    Could be justified if they were all interviewed and appointed with full sets of teeth. Over and above the "speetth" problem it creates, there is also the "Thpray what they thay" hygiene issue. I personally don't like having to listen "up close and personal" to what passion-gappers have to say as they in general have a problem keeping their saliva to them-selves. For that reason I refrain from talking to them, unless in a situation of no choice. The ones in this article whom cannot afford dentures can still be applied in positions where they don't need to communicate with fact, I think the employer should carry the cost of this cosmetic demand. Employers should incorporate a clause into employee contracts with regard to such issues.

  • Trevor Obery - 2011-02-02 11:15

    Don't touch me on my falth teef :)

  • Joslyn - 2011-02-02 11:16

    I suggest that the employer makes an arrangement with a hospital or dentist and incurs some of the cost as in uniforms if they are so concerned.

      jakes001 - 2011-02-02 11:30

      @ Joslyn, I think this is the best comment up to now. Let the company carry the cost.

      lize.lubbe - 2011-02-03 09:12

      They can get dentures for free at their local clinic. There is no excuse for going around haasbek.

      elbie - 2011-02-03 13:58

      @lize.lubbe. Het djy a problem mit haafgefiggief en froetbekkief? Pafop vi djou.

      kznsc - 2011-02-03 14:14

      Checkers could score some publicity by giving them two mielie pip falseys ....check a checkussssssss Checkers.

  • shmangle - 2011-02-02 11:19

    Quite simply put, if they were hired with a "passion gap", you can't fire them for not getting it fixed. Any such requirement would only be viable if implemented at the hiring stage, with a clause in their contract maintaining that status quo OR Checkers come to an agreement that the falsies are mandatory and they are willing to foot the bill for them (first set), any losses or damages for the staff to pay.

  • Makutu - 2011-02-02 11:20


  • Les - 2011-02-02 11:29

    Something to chew on!

      Elizabeth - 2011-02-03 14:10

      coming up next will be love bites how gross.

  • 40 Something - 2011-02-02 11:30

    The "passion gap" is a tradition, al beit an unattractive one. I think the employer has the right to expect their employees to look respectable if they are dealing with the public. It was the employer's choice to have their teeth removed in the first place. On the other had if the employee was employed without teeth then they have the right. I do know many of them have false teeth in the front, but elect not to wear them.

      Kenko - 2011-02-02 12:18

      You mean the employEES decided to remove their own teeth.

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-02-02 11:31

    Kindly get teeth, talk proper English and don't 'swagger'

      Kaleidoscope - 2011-02-02 17:33

      I believe the correct grammer would be to," Speak proper english."

  • Spoofed - 2011-02-02 11:32

    I'm sorry but this article made me LOL

  • Esmeralda - 2011-02-02 11:34

    Very unfair. Maybe if they were paid decent salaries they could afford false teeth!!! Maybe Checkers should sponsor them!!!

      Jessie W - 2011-02-03 09:11

      maybe they have company medical aid's who will pay for dentures??

      Mike - 2011-02-03 12:21

      Esmeralda - If everybody was paid a decent salary (the level of "decent" is open to discussion) you'll be the first to complain about the high price of living. This is the way life works - those less fortunate (like education, etc) get paid less. Maybe you are a rich bitch and get a gold card from hubby to do your shopping, but the majority of us are battling to make a living therefor the subject about decent salary to a packer or a teller does not feature in my language. Get my drift? @Jessie W. If you are a teller or packer then the amount you earn for this job qualifies you for FREE teeth at a gov institution.

  • Calmone - 2011-02-02 11:36

    WTF is News24 desperate now?What a kak article.Really.

      focus.ntfc - 2011-02-02 12:11

      Calmone ... you must have enjoyed the article taking all this trouble to post a comment .... or do I have it totally wrong here. If I dont like something I skip and go to the more interesting stuff ... but hey thats just ME

  • - 2011-02-02 11:41

    I used to refer to something else as a passion gap...

      Kenko - 2011-02-02 12:21

      At first I too thought that's what it was all about. Would've been more interesting don't you think?

      P226 - 2011-02-02 12:53


      Maryna123 - 2011-02-02 15:35

      Bluddy funny!!!!!!!!

  • Flinger - 2011-02-02 11:43

    So now what...they put in a fine set of false teeth and they all speak like Queen Mary?? They will be LESS understood because now its the heavy Mitchells Plain accent but with a mouth full of teeth...oye got. Its not the same Cape Town without the Passion Gap, leave them be. Its all part of the package.

  • yeldarb - 2011-02-02 11:43

    Whahahahaha this article is kak funny. Im certain that most of the employees without teeth are coloured. Dont you just love it when they say Jou ma se P@#S without their front teeth. Whahahah hahah wha hahaha

      Kaleidoscope - 2011-02-02 17:30

      crazy person laughing at their own jokes.

  • Tim Gregory - 2011-02-02 11:46


      reg - 2011-02-02 12:44

      good one Tim made me laugh.Poeth

  • KaiinSA - 2011-02-02 11:51

    Next they'll be told to wear socks and shoes.

      yeldarb - 2011-02-02 11:54

      Whahahah heee heee whahah teehee hahaha WHA HAAAAA hahaha realy funny

  • maureen - 2011-02-02 11:59


  • Lekabisto - 2011-02-02 12:01

    Checkers is not really thinking about this right, I bet they would reconsider if they thought about how many sick days they would have to pay for!!