Cry Baby of the Week

Cry Baby of the Week: Recovering alcoholic Mario Marzola, of Picton, is outraged over a display of a wine bottle in the Blenheim Work and Income office.

Cry Baby of the Week: Recovering alcoholic Mario Marzola, of Picton, is outraged over a display of a wine bottle in the Blenheim Work and Income office.

People are outraged over all sorts of things these days, but check the outrage of this cry baby of the week.

A recovering alcoholic says a new display at the Blenheim Work and Income office which simulates wine pouring from a bottle is putting his sobriety to the test.

Picton man Mario Marzola said he found the display, near the centre of the office, highly offensive and undermining for recovering alcoholics.

The display features a wine barrel with a bottle of wine on top, tipped over and pouring water into a glass.

“Winz deal with people with addictions all the time. You get people in there who are really struggling with addiction. You shouldn’t advertise it [drinking] to them,” Marzola said.

Oh dear lord how will he cope?

What happens when he walks past a bottle store? Does he go on a rampage, his sobriety in tatters as a result of advertising?

He first saw the display on Monday when handing in paperwork for his sickness benefit, he said. Looking at the display while waiting in line brought on a desire to break his sobriety. “I’ve struggled with this [addiction] all my life. I’ve been sober for four years, and I think this display is totally inappropriate.”  

Marlborough Addiction Services district manager Eileen Varley said government departments should be mindful of people struggling with addiction.

“It’s really hard [for recovering addicts], especially at this time of the year and any little thing can spark them off. I can see where he [Marzola] is coming from. I’m sure it wasn’t their [Winz] intention to create a problem, but as government departments we need to be mindful of those struggling with addiction.”

And what is the display all about?

A Ministry of Social Development spokeswoman said the display was installed two weeks ago and promoted a cellarhand course.

“[The display] is part of the promotional display which includes a large poster promoting the industry course and vine leaves. No alcohol is used in the display.”

The spokeswoman said it was intended to encourage jobseekers to inquire about an industry partnership course which had been run successfully for four years. “[It] will be removed once the course is filled which we expect will be in the New Year,” the spokeswoman said.

Oh that’s right…Marlborough is one of our premier wine making regions…with jobs available…and WINZ is advertising course to enable you to get a job in the industry.

But oh no, Mr Pisshead wants it removed.

However, Marzola is demanding it be removed immediately.

What next? People suffering RSI outraged that WINZ has keyboards to process their applications?

I’m surprised this moron is out of jail at the moment.

A example of the bottom of the barrel.


– The Marlborough Express

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