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Steve&#39s Christmas stocking

Everyone appreciates examples of individuals who are dedicated to their chosen career path but even we could not believe our ears when we heard the following tale.

Scottish Life Mortgages director Steve Scholes (above) is so slavishly committed to his calling that we felt a public pat on the back was necessary.

As the story goes, Scholes (yes, he does sadly use his surname to justify his support of Manchester United) was a rather keen salesman in his former life when employed to flog life and pensions for Lloyds TSB. In fact, so keen was he that, on Christmas Eve a few years back, instead of trimming the tree and hanging the mistletoe at home, Scholes was out on the road in a last-ditch effort to sell a few policies.

For it seemed that, if he could just manage to sign up a few more clients, he would be rewarded with the distinction of being Lloyds&#39 Salesman of the Year.

For this display of out-and-out dedication to the job, we salute you, Steve. Salute, that is, in the same way that Budweiser salutes the guy with the really bad syrup in a recent commercial.

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