Too Fat to Work? We'll Pay For It
If you haven't met the Chawners yet, you should. Because that's who you have been buying breakfast, lunch and dinner for these past 11 years.
The Chawners have been big news in Britain over the weekend, for claiming a 5 figure yearly benefit figure because they are 'too fat to work'. They sound like something you'd see in a TV comedy, except that this real life Royle family is no TV show.
In fact, they have not worked for 11 years, and have been claiming £22,508 a year in benefits from YOUR pocket for income support, incapacity benefit and disability allowance. Their explanation is that their 'heriditary condition' makes them too FAT to work.
But don't worry. Just keep scoffing 'em pies. The £22,508 a year in benefits should cover that, right?
Wrong. They are now insisting that the 5 figure sum they have been getting from us is simply not enough to cover their bills and food on the table.
"We have cereal for breakfast, bacon butties for lunch and microwave pies with mashed potato or chips for dinner."
Yummy, but surely that doesn't amount to £22k a year, even if you account for a TV license so that they can gather around the couch every evening? What do they do with the remaining cash, then? Eat it?
Perhaps we're being harsh, but plenty of hard working people are experiencing the effects of tough times especially in the recession. An increasing number of families are filing bankruptcies and loosing homes everyday. Reading about how much this family has continue to actually enjoy the benefits of social security for the last 11 years makes me wonder how this is even possible. Why not just get them jobs in McDonalds, where they can eat all the McChicken they want while flipping burgers. Or better yet, how about investing in a few electicity generating treadmills, and do a reality TV show?