Unemployment is a serious issue, so we don’t want you to think we’re downplaying it, but the following situation is a pretty hilarious funny.
According to an AP story out of Canberra, after looking at some of the reasons citizens are refusing job offers and continuing to be on unemployment in Australia, the Federal Government looks like its going to make the rules a bit stricter.
And we can’t really blame them.
If you’re turning down a job to remain on unemployment, you should technically have a really good reason for doing so. There are some absurd answers, like a woman who didn’t take a job as a receptionist because the office didn’t smell nice, but our personal favorite is the man who didn’t take a job because it required a few hours of work on Sundays, and that interfered with his golf schedule.
All of us here would do pretty much anything to play golf, but file for unemployment just so we can keep a spot in our Sunday comp? That’s a whole new level of commitment.
The Employment Department on Tuesday released samples of reasons job hunters have given for remaining unemployed. They include:
— A 58-year-old man was not prepared to work for three hours on Sundays because that was when he played golf.
— A 19-year-old man turned down a job “to follow his dream of becoming an actor.”
— A 26-year-old man refused a job because “he doesn’t work with chickens.”
— A 50-year-old woman declined a receptionist position because of a “bad smell” in the office.
— A 33-year-old man rejected car washing as “too difficult.”
— A 23-year-old man refused to become a driver’s assistant because he wanted to drive.
The basic unemployment benefit in Australia is $261.70 a week. It’s higher for those with dependent children and in need of rent assistance.