Unemployment Office

Paddy and Mick worked together and were both laid off, so off they went to the unemployment office. When asked his occupation, Paddy looked the lady in the eye and said “Panty stitcher. I sew the elastic onto cotton panties.”

The clerk looked up panty stitcher. Finding it classed as unskilled labour, she gave him €200 a week unemployment pay.

Mick goes in and sits down with the lady. She asked Mick his occupation. “Diesel fitter” he replied. Since diesel fitters was a skilled job the clerk gave the Mick €400 a week.

When Paddy found out he was furious. He stormed back in to find out why his friend and co-worker, Mick, was collecting double his unemployment pay. The clerk explained: when I looked it up, panty stitchers were unskilled labourers and diesel fitters were skilled labourers.

“What skill?” yelled Paddy. “I sew the elastic on. He pulls on it and says, “Yep, diesel fitter”.