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No Irish.

The signs used to say "No Irish."  Then they said, "No blacks."  Now they say, "No unemployed."

This is interesting.  It's not illegal to discriminate against the unemployed.  Patrick cannot even find a minimum wage job and yes, he's trying very hard.  I'd sure like him to get a haircut and wear some decent clothes to help his chances, but yes, he's trying.

He's never had a job before, so it's going to be hard for him to get a job.  Makes lots of sense. 

This economy is hitting young men especially hard.  I don't think Patrick even figures into our nation's unemployment statistics as one had to have had a job and then lost it to be unemployed, right?  :/


  1. Ben has never had a job, either. He volunteers at the train museum about 2 days a month. I wish Patrick luck. It is a scary prospect for Ben!

    1. Yes, it's very scary! I'm glad he has you!

  2. I think a haircut .. followed by a week at bagging groceries and stocking shelves .. would be a big help in hurrying along those college applications! :)

    1. I know! I even told the cheapskate I would PAY for the haircut.

      The bagging groceries-type jobs are what he is looking for. Kid has no realization that he can't make it on that income, but ok it's a start.

  3. Over here you don't have to have lost a job to be classed as unemployed. Although you can't claim benefits unless you are registered with Centrelink (our welfare agency) and can prove that you are searching for work. Young unemployed people are issued with a diary which they have to fill out detailing names and phone numbers of employers they have contacted and/or applied to work with/for.
    Do the supermarkets in your area offer any work experience positions? It's unpaid mostly, and lasts about two weeks to see if the job suits. If you are good at it and like the work, you can then apply for casual or part-time hours which might lead to full time work.
    I got my current job by signing on as a "Christmas Casual", supermarkets out here hire extra casual persons at their busiest time and if they work out well, they're not dismissed after the Christmas period. Usually mid November to mid February. This coming November I'll have been in the job for ten years.

    1. Interesting. So far as I know, they do not have a program like this in our area but it's a great idea! Who wouldn't want a free worker to see how things turned out? I could see some local businesses using this as a way to have a rotating slew of unpaid workers, though... I really could...


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