Hello 'oh dear' - and welcome to
the nut house
, the world of Humphrey Smith! Yes, having got rid of (nearly?) all area managers, and taking on that roll himself, allegedly due to the lack of trust of his personnel, and no doubt a supposed money saving exercise HWS, (Smith) has taken on a roll of which he has little experience of, and seemingly even less consideration of the consequences of his actions.
I know of people who have been on the receiving end of HWS alledged racism and sexism - but obviously his vast wealth helps protect him from any ensuing consequences.
In my own humble opinion, I don't think it was anything about you not coming from Yorkshire, that was just an off-the-cuff excuse, I would say that what put him off was the fact that you told him you had experience. That's a big no no!!! Past testimony would suggest that HWS prefares people with little of or experience. And I think the reasons are; 1) easier to
train in the Brewery's ways, and 2) less likely to be aware of when you are getting nobbled / your shirt lifted - in otherwords, inexperienced enough to realize (for some time at least) that you are being exploited. Other Sam's / ex Sam's managers will know exactly what I mean.
If you really do want to walk on the dark side, and have an eyeopening experience working for the brewery, then simply do this: Get your wife to phone, and when asked, say you both have no experience what soever, but are willing to both do your very best in the job (sounding eager and naive). But bare in mind - the job may not last for any predictable period - no matter how hard you try - unless of course the current regime (HWS) changes - currently unlikely in the foreseeable future. Anyway - all the best of luck - and keep us updated!