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Exclusive: Legal recruiter in "vile" fat-shaming radio appearance

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09 June 2017 10:05

A legal recruiter has drawn criticism after boasting on talkSPORT radio how he was paid to achieve intimacy with an overweight girl at a party.

Jed Watson, aka Laddington Bear, phoned in to the Andy Goldstein Sports Bar show on Wednesday in response to a request for stories about love. After the show an "unhappy" listener complained to RollOnFriday that a "vile legal recruiter seems to find this funny and acceptable". Here's a transcript of Watson's heartwarming anecdote so you can judge for yourself.

Andy Goldstein: Let's go to Jed, anyone called Jed's going to have a great story. Jed, good morning.
Jed Watson: Hi, how you doing, alright?
AG: Yeah, good. What do you do for a living Jed?
JW: I'm a recruiter, legal recruiter.
AG: Legal, so you would hire, like, lawyers, solicitors.
JW: Yep, solicitors, barristers.
AG: Alright, how much does a good barrister earn a year?
JW: Probably about £150k?
[Radio show sidekick Jason Cundy makes snoring sounds]
AG: That's a bit harsh. Ok Jed, tell us your story.
JW: Right, so I was at a party, a friend's brother's 30th. All of his mates were there. I was only about 19 at the time. And they're all going, "Ah there's a really big bird coming over, you should definitely crack on when she gets here".
AG: A large lady, you mean, Jed?
JW: Yeah, large lady, sorry, excuse me, excuse me.
JC: Sturdy.
AG: Unless you mean the big creature from Sesame Street.
JW: Nah nah, it was definitely a big girl.
JC: Sturdy, sturdy.
AG: Sturdy on her feet.
JC: Difficult to push over.
JW: Planted to the floor.
[Laughter]
JW: So I'm anxiously waiting for her to arrive, a few beers down. I turn round -
AG: Hold on, sorry, Jed, sorry. Why? Is that your type?
JW: Nah, nah, I was getting a bit of money for it. I didn't think I could say on the radio.
AG: What, all your mates put money in?
JW: Yeah, all of us, a whip round.
JC: Hey, Jed. Jed. Jed. Honestly mate...
AG: How much was in the pot?
JC: The morals of an alley-
AG: How much was it for?
JW: Probably about a oner, nothing major.
JC: Fair enough.
AG: Hundred pound.
JW: So I turn round, said large female walks through the front door and I turn round to the group of lads and go, "Is that the big bird i'm meant to be cracking on with?" And one of the lads turns round and goes, "No, that's my fiancee".
[Laughter]
AG: Oh Jed!
JL: What a story, that is-
AG: Hold on, and how did you get on with said large lady?
JL: Said large lady never turned up.
AG: So you didn't get your money?
JL: Nah, I didn't get my money, I didn't get nothing, just left standing around with a bloke who absolutely hated me.
[Laughter]
AG: Jed. Jed?
[Sound of phone in pocket, because Jed has forgotten to hang up]
AG: He thinks we're finished with him.
[Call ends]
JC: Yeah, I mean-
AG: You can't do that, it's vile. A vile, vile man.
JC: Yeah, you don't do that.
AG: Vile man, vile man.

    Laaaads, including Watson, on tour. 

Watson, who is head of paralegal recruitment at a large legal recruitment agency, was less chatty when RollOnFriday called. He said he had "Nothing to say really. No comment". He is now expected to make a fortune placing DLA Piper's Very Hungry Banterpillar once they inevitably hit it off.

Enjoy a flashback to the era of Zoo, Nuts and Loaded here at the 55 minute mark.
  

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anonymous user
09/06/2017 10:37
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Why is this worth writing about. Waste of time.
anonymous user
09/06/2017 10:40
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Hi Jed
anonymous user
09/06/2017 13:08
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Jed's an ace lad lad lad! He placed me with a big US shop, now I'm making top dolla babyyyyyy! Yeah boi
anonymous user
09/06/2017 14:08
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Wow... this article is a disgrace to journalism
anonymous user
09/06/2017 14:16
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Hello again Jed! You misogynist, oafish f*cktard.
anonymous user
09/06/2017 14:29
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This is the picture of Jed that seems to have been hastily removed from the LinkedIn profile...

anonymous user
09/06/2017 23:34
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What makes you think she would want you? Idiot. Wouldn't touch you with someone elses for a job.
anonymous user
10/06/2017 18:13
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Disgusting individual
anonymous user
10/06/2017 19:44
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Legal recruitment?

Sounds like paralegal trafficking.
anonymous user
10/06/2017 23:45
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Who would have expected that kind of "topbants" and "chat" from a former barristers' clerk turned paralegal recruiter...
anonymous user
11/06/2017 20:49
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This lad looks like such a spiv. Dat afro tho.
anonymous user
12/06/2017 12:17
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Alternative headline: "Man rings in to radio show talking about what he almost did when he was 19. "

Judging by the transcript, he's not embarrassed about what he'd almost done or realised in the intervening years that its really not cool to pretend to like someone - large or not - because your mates would offer you money.

Is this worth crucifying him over and causing him professional harm? Not sure that it does. Reflects the misogynistic elements in our society - and that is not cool but it does exist.

Does he refuse to place "larger" paralegals? Does he refuse to deal with firms where the hiring manager is a larger lady? That would be news!
anonymous user
12/06/2017 12:34
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Crucified? Article mostly just states what he said. The tone of the rest does suggest Rof thinks he is a prat. But isn't taking a bet to snog a large girl and then joking about it prattish? Kind of is, isn't it. Should attention be drawn to him? Not if it was a private conversation. But he PHONED IN TO A RADIO SHOW giving his name and profession and told his story. So probably fair to recount what he said.
anonymous user
19/06/2017 17:17
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Bloke bangs on about something he didn't do, years ago. Who honestly cares. why do you publish this guff?
3-ducks
22/06/2017 12:03
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And this is newsworthy because...???