Not wanting to go into an argument about how exactly the guy determined this, I politely declined saying that I'll do it at home as I have some.
You don't need to be a mechanic to know that you need to wait at least an hour (probably more to be on the safe side) with the engine off for the oil to drain before measuring the level.
I'm not sure which is more worrying:
1. The WoF engineer not knowing this (and even writing it down in the comments section for the WoF)
2. Someone (management?) giving a directive to do this to people that only know what the steering wheel does.
Could someone see a third option?
I've seen the same thing happening at a petrol station (I was at a cafe across the road), a lady with a brand new car asked the attendant to check the oil level (wtf?!) and obviously the guy said it needs a top up and started pouring a litre. I don't want to know what mess was under the hood after driving away with all the extra oil spewing around..
Before someone asks, yes, I did check the oil level afterwards (properly) and surprise, the level was exactly in the middle between the low and high lines. (and I checked it a few months prior anyway).
Honesty. It's slowly becoming a thing of the past even in our remote part of the world. Slowly we're catching by with the rest of the world.. Sigh.