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The Panty Stitcher and the Diesel fitter26/08/2010 - 1:31 PM
If for some silly reason you had read my last blog you would know that I was recently made redundant.
Well, as coincidence would have it a coworker of mine, Rob, also met that very same fate as I discovered when we met at the local dutch unemployment office.
Rob was interviewed first and when asked his occupation, he answered, "panty stitcher. I sew the elastic onto ladies' cotton panties." The job man looked up “panty stitcher” and finding it classified as unskilled labour awarded him 40% of his last wage as unemployment benefit.
Now it was my turn and the job man duly looked up “diesel fitter” and since it was a skilled job awarded me 80%.
Rob later asked me how much I received and I told him, he was not happy, he was furious. He stormed back into unemployment office to find out why I, his coworker and friend was collecting double his benefit.
The job man explained, "Panty stitchers are unskilled and diesel fitters are skilled labor"
"What skill?!" yelled Rob. "I sew the elastic onto the panties, all Roelf does is pull them over his head and say: 'Yeah, diesel fitter.'