Earlier today I blogged about the fascinating call for more immigrants in Christchurch to fill positions for jobs that remain unfilled despite over 5% unemployment rate in the city.
Stuff has another article about the issue of Christchurch’s bludgers not pulling their weight:
Christchurch baker Diane McPherson has had an “absolute nightmare” trying to find staff for the past four months.
One applicant turned up for an interview in pyjama pants, another was texting during the interview and another flicked her tongue piercing in and out of her mouth and indicated she was not prepared to remove it during work hours.
McPherson, who owns the Brumby’s Bakery and Wendy’s Supa Sundaes stores at the Hub in Hornby, said many others did not return messages inviting them for an interview, or, having been offered a job, failed to turn up for work.
“I’ve had ones from [Work and Income] who just want me to sign a form to say they have been for an interview but don’t want a job through the summer,” she said.
One applicant for a job at Wendy’s Supa Sundaes decided he did not want the job because he did not want to mop the floors, and another did not want to have to wash dishes.
A 22-year-old applicant for a job at Brumby’s Bakery arrived wearing a T-shirt, flannelette pyjama pants and socks, but no shoes.
“I thought people aren’t going to believe this, but my staff saw him,” McPherson said.
When she queried his choice of outfit, he said: “I’m not working, I’m just looking for work.”
“And I said, ‘To be honest, first impressions really go a long way; that doesn’t really impress me’.
“And he said, ‘Oh, that’s how I am”, and take it or leave it sort of thing.”
It is unacceptable for people on benefits, unless they are unsuited for any work to be turning down jobs, preferring instead to live a lifestyle paid for by the taxpayers.
They are in every sense of the word bludgers. And worse they are having a lend of hard working business owners and taxpayers in Christchurch who are trying to give it a go and are being hamstrung by these indigent wasters.
Time for a clamp-down in Christchurch perhaps?