THE BBC has sacked a local radio presenter for not using a coaster in her own home.
Sally Bradford, host of BBC Bath's Hello Bath, was dismissed after placing a mug of hot coffee on a table, leading to an obvious, beige-coloured ring.
Bradford said: "I was in a hurry, the phone was going and I accidentally put the mug on my lovely oak coffee table.
"It was only when I got home that I noticed the damage. I phoned the local furniture repair service and asked them to send a French polisher, but not an actual French one because that would scare the bejesus out of my six year-old.
"I was simply stating a fact. I had damaged my coffee table and my daughter is terrified of Frenchmen."
Unknown to Bradford, the call was recorded by the repair company who then decided to become upset.
A spokeswoman for BBC Bath said: "When we heard the recording we could not believe a respected professional like Sally would have failed to use a coaster on such a nice table and we dismissed her with immediate effect.
"It is not appropriate to use the licence fee to pay people who do not know how to look after things they bought with their own money."
Bradford added: "Come to think of it, maybe my daughter's a little bit racist. Oh well, at least now she won't grow up to resent Frenchmen."