Elvis impersonator is sick as a parrot

Aug 26 2004 by Brian Amble Print This Article

First we had the German waiter who was fired for drinking 100 beers a day while at work. Now we hear of the Elvis impersonator who has been sacked after performing with his band while on extended sick leave from work.

Gasman Billy McGregor had been off work for a month with a bad back, but was fired after performing with his band The Elvis Collection in Glasgow.

He has now lodged a claim for constructive dismissal, pointing out that many workmates, including one of his managers at gas company Transco, had bought tickets to the show.

"I didn't think I was doing anything wrong at all," he told the Daily Mirror.

"It's not like I had a sore throat and couldn't sing. It was my back and that meant I couldn't do my job as a service engineer. I was on the front of the company magazine in full Elvis outfit. I was hardly trying to hide, was I?

"I was going to cancel the performance, but the other lads said we could take it easy and I could stop and start when I wanted.

"I feel caught in a trap." [cue the music for 'Suspicious Minds' . . . . ]