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February 2017 Skip Chick Karen Jones, Oakbank Waste Management, Dumfries

February 2017 Skip Chick Karen Jones, Oakbank Waste Management, Dumfries


SHE’s a girl on the run, with dead animals stuck to her grill and a fire-starting skinhead in the passenger seat. Meet this month’s Skip Chick, shady lady KAREN JONES.


Howdy Karen. Nice shades! Tell us how old you are.

I’m soon to be 33! Argh!

In the very prime of life. Where can we find you driving that impressive set of wheels?

Oakbank Waste Management in Dumfries. I have worked here for two years. I’m a roll on roll off, 8 wheel skip driver.

We’re impressed. Apart from the thrill of handling such an impressive piece of equipment, what’s great about your job?

Dumfries and Galloway has some amazing scenery.  The best thing is being out and about in beautiful countryside most days.

And what do you really not enjoy about the job?

Suicidal animals, and dirty
finger nails!

Apart from scraping dead animals from the front of your truck with your fingernails, what do you get up to in your spare time?

My hobbies at the moment seem to be injuring myself – I’ve injured my hand – but in the winter I enjoy snowboarding. In summer I love being in a field with great pals, dancing, listening to good music and talking nonsense.

We’ve built whole careers out of talking nonsense. Was this what you always wanted to do?

I wanted to be a marine biologist when I grew up! I’ve instead got a Padi divemaster under my belt!

We’re impressed. Talking nature, what kind of animal would you be?

A Honey Badger because of their strength, ferocity and toughness – because I’m none of that.

Cute and cuddly on the outside, absolute basket cases on the inside – and one of the few animals to be known to make use of tools. Smart choice.  Favourite TV show?

The Walking Dead.

Popular choice. Tempting as it must be to keep on truckin’ all year, where would your ideal holiday take you?

My dream holiday would be to go away and money then vanishes from the world. I would never have to go back to work again.

We often have that dream too!  Dinner time, what’s on
the menu?      

Prawn cocktail.

A tasty classic. Talking of tasty, who would be your ideal
Skip Hunk?

Keith Flint from the Prodigy, because he is a twisted fire
starter too.

Certainly a distinctive look. And where would you two lovebirds take yourselves?

Would be a night at the bingo, because I’ve never been.

Ah, the glamour of a night out at the bingo. Don’t forget to bring your own pen.  What song best sums you up?

‘Your Missus is a Nutter’ by Goldie Looking Chain.

Always gets our toes tapping too. Tell us something fascinating
about yourself.

I’m a fugitive in the state of Virginia USA (for legal reasons I cannot divulge any specific information
on this!)

Yikes!  Moving swiftly on, any jokes you’d like to share with Skip Hire Magazine’s readers?

What did a general say to his men before they got in their tanks? Answer: Get in your tanks men!!

Righto Karen, now get back in your truck and try not to kill any more pheasants.  Thanks for being an ace Skip Chick.

Oakbank Waste Management, Dumfries 01387 268160