'Silly Giggling Girls'

Anonymous complaint letter sent to Lloyds Bank from Ipswich, 1922.Anonymous complaint sent to Lloyds Bank from Ipswich, 1922.

On 29th July 1922, Lloyds Bank received this anonymous complaint:

I think it is about time your Ipswich Branch received a little attention. When one enters the Bank one is confronted by a set of silly giggling girls whose only occupation seems to be is to stare and make remarks on everybody coming in; in many cases their figures are hardly decipherable and I think it is high time these were cleared out and a chance given to the lads who have ‘done their bit’. The male portion is much understaffed, and everyone is complaining of the time they are kept waiting. Whenever I have occasion to go to Barclays I can get served with the greatest promptitude and civility. I may add in conclusion, I am not the only one complaining, neither have I ‘an axe to grind’.
Yours ‘Depositor’
PS. If you must retain some of the females why not put them behind frosted glass? The most suitable place for them!!

Almost 3,300 women had been taken on at Lloyds during the war. Many were employed on a temporary basis, but some were kept on – much to the chagrin of certain customers!

Women were not recruited again in such large numbers until the late 1920s, when mechanisation was introduced.

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