Rob Griffiths, a 31 year old ex-chef from Milton Keynes, has revealed that he was forced to leave the profession after developing a baked bean phobia. He said that as soon as he sees them he feels faint, and if they get anywhere near him he feels compelled to run away. He used to work in a pub, and admitted that breakfast service was a real trial.
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Griffiths told the Daily Mirror he thought he developed the phobia - which is known as leguminophobia when he had them thrown at him by his brothers as a child. He admitted to the Daily Mail that his phobia was so bad that at one point he struggled to walk past a display of tins in the supermarket. He also avoided going into cafes in case he spotted people eating them.
It's a tough phobia for a chef to develop, but he can take a crumb of comfort that things could be worse. There are five phobias that could be even more of a barrier to work.
1. Ergophobia. A fear of work or finding a job. It's thought to be a combination of a number of phobias, including a fear of failure and a fear of socialising with co-workers, but whatever causes it, it's going to put a dent in your career.
2. Telephobia. This is a fear of talking on the phone. Sufferers panic if they are expected to make a call, or even if they hear a phone ringing. It's safe to say that office work isn't going to be a sensible option.
3. Technophobia. We tend to use this to describe a general dislike of using technology, but for some people it's a full-blown phobia. In the computer age this isn't going to do a great deal to enhance your employability.
4. Cathisophobia. This is the fear of sitting down. It might be looked at as something of a boon in manual jobs - where your bosses won't be able to help but notice you prefer working to taking a break. However, anything office-based could be a bit awkward.
5. Chrematophobia. Assuming you're working for the pay-packet then this could be a bit debilitating, because it's the fear of money.
Then of course there's pinaciphobia, which will have sent many people into a state of distress in the last few minutes: it's the fear of lists.
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Chef forced to quit by baked bean phobia
In September 13-year-old Robyn Hills from Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, had a horrible shock when she took a sneaky swig from a 2ltr bottle of Lidl cola. Something weird and rubbery touched her lip, and when she peered into the bottle she was sure she could see a human finger. In the end it turned out to be a shredded surgical glove. It's less stomach-churning, but it still isn't a brilliant addition to a bottle of coke.
This summer it was the turn of Manminber Singh, a 37 year-old burger fan, who fancied a chicken burger at Burger King in Darlington in County Durham. He fancied it a great deal less after taking his first bite - when he came face to face with a slug.
Around the same time, the former owner of Munchies takeaway in Leeds was ordered to pay a court £2,000, after a customer found a cockroach baked into the crust of a pizza bought there. The restaurant was closed down and ordered to clean up, and is now under new management.
A couple of months earlier, Jenna Murray, a 29-year-old model from Camden in North London had a face-to-face encounter with a critter in her dinner. She was tucking into a 'Delicious and Nutritious' smoked mackerel, new potatoes and beetroot dish from Marks & Spencer when she came across a one-inch-long dead beetle.
Sometimes you have to look a little closer: in October Hayley O'Shea, a 39-year-old accountant from Bournemouth in Dorset, was cooking dinner for her daughters when she noticed something odd about the pasta. She had opened a new packet and poured the pasta into the saucepan when she spotted hundreds of tiny black things. She drained the pasta, took a closer look, and discovered it had been crawling with weevils.
Creepy crawlies aren't the only thing to watch out for either. In September last year Katie Crabtree, a 31-year-old mother-of-two from Stockport, bit into a dead, sliced, rodent tucked into a Tesco sandwich. It was lurking in a BLT sandwich and she mistook it for a bit of burned bacon. It was only on closer inspection that she spotted the fur.
It's not just creatures lurking within food either. This February, Marie Doyle, a 24-year-old from Sittingbourne in Kent, was unwrapping a pre-cooked chicken for her Sunday dinner when she discovered something that made her stomach turn: there was a blue plaster stuck to the chicken.
That same month Tony Hinds and his fiancee Lauren Gooch found something even more grim in their packet of Tesco Finest Pork and Chive sausages: a human tooth complete with filling. Tesco said in a statement that it was confident that the tooth was not in the sausage when it arrived in the store, as the supplier used metal detectors on everything leaving the factory - which would have been set off by the tooth.
One really odd find came to light as a man was prosecuted for tampering with food on the shelf of a branch of Tesco. A drug addict had been trying to hide his addiction and find somewhere to hide a bloodied syringe in the store. He pushed it through the wrapper of a loaf of bread. It was found by a mother, whose 2-year-old daughter was already tucking into a sandwich from the loaf.
But possibly the most well-known weird thing found in food in the UK was the mouse found in September 2010, baked into a loaf of bread, of which several slices had already been used. This hit the headlines because it is one of the very few instances where the shopper received compensation - after the case was heard by Oxford Crown Court.
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