Finger malfunction – A bad weather gesture

Giving the finger at work can be enough to get almost anyone in trouble.  Thus it should be of no surprise that BBC weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker felt rather red-faced when he was caught live on air giving the finger – as a joke – to a colleague Simon McCoy poking fun at the accuracy of his weather forecasts.

Over at the Huffington Post, they have compiled a series of video and audio gaffes Schafernaker. But what is also interesting is how Schafernaker tried to manage the blooper on his Facebook site. I find two things funny. First is Timasz’s status update  at about 4pm in the afternoon, a good few hours after the ‘mistake’ to which he comments ‘What an Awful day’ and the majority of comments are all about the weather [see below].

Of course, the thread then develops to reflect on the actual incident but Tomasz then puts out an ‘official statement’ pasted below after the BBC itself too issued an apology. Tomasz’s official statement via Facebook was as follows:

All of the comments I could see – though I didn’t read all 375 of them – were supportive and or saw the humor in the action. Also supportive was McCoy in his handling of the gaffe remarked “Every now and again there’s always a mistake and that was it” and they quickly moved on to another segment and did not show as much show as BBC Morning presenters when an unedited tirade of Christian Bale hit the airwaves.


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