The camera never lies… Or does it !?!?…

A Harty (Ferry) Rant

WELL… I now officially dislike people…. or let me clarify… I dislike people involved with the  jobcentre where I have just had to go and “sign on” for the first time ever in 25 years of my working career so far… just so that they can pay me £64 a week, as long as I can prove in triplicate that I am actually genuinely looking for a job, and not just playing the system…. cos IF I’m just playing the system, then apparently it seems I can claim lots more, and don’t really have to prove I’m actively seeking employment…..

I tell ya though… I had previously wondered why they had 2 huge security guards walking around in there…. Now I know…. I’m normally a very placid easy-going sort of person, but I very nearly lost it today…. and I took about 6 months worth of rubber off my tyres driving home….

I had 2 appointments… One at 2pm, to “prove” I’m looking for work, and one at 2:35, just to get a form so I can claim on my mortgage insurance (yeah right)….. Well the 2pm kinda annoyed me, as I’d got a complete list of jobs I’d applied for…. through “recruitment agencies”….. They wanted “employer” details…. which I couldn’t give them, as you don’t GET that information through agencies…. Surely they should KNOW that…. Anyways, I gave her the first 2 jobs that I’d applied for, from my long list, and she said “That’s enough… I don’t need any more”….. WHAT !!!….

Then I was told that if the 2:35 appointment was free earlier, then I’d be able to go straight to that…. Apparently it wasn’t… Apparently it was taken right up to 2:30…. It was 2:05 at this point…. So I left and came back at about 2:20…. Sat in the waiting area opposite some desks where the job centre peeps were merrily sitting there doing nothing….. Sat there for 15 minutes across the room from some woman sat at her desk…. Then at 2:35 precisely SHE looks up and says “Mr Stevenson”…… “I couldn’t believe it”…. I’d been sitting there 15 minutes, and had been told she was BUSY with another person right up to 2:30…. and she’s sitting right in front of me … doin’ nowt…

Then it got worse…. She was the most snotty arrogant conceited individual I’ve met in a looooong time… Sat there looking down her nose at me like I was a piece of #@!$ on her shoe…. So I politely explained why I was there…. And she said “Have you got your insurance policy”….. Ummmmmm NO…. I’m here to get a form from YOU, so that I can claim FROM my insurance company…. Why the heck do THEY need MY insurance policy details…. They’re not paying me…. They just need to give me a form that says I am claiming benefit…. That’s IT….

She said…. “I need your policy, or I can’t give you a form”…. I was still polite, and said… “Well it would have been helpful if someone had told me that when I made the appointment”…. She said “Well you’ll need to book another appointment, and this time don’t forget to bring your policy with you”…. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…. So I politely said… “Ok, can I book another appointment then please”….

She said…. “You have to phone us up and book it”….. WHAT… You have GOT to be kidding me !!!!….. I’m sitting here right in front of you…. but oh no… She’s not allowed to book appointments… I HAVE to phone up to do that…. So I had to come home… and phone THEM… Where I’d JUST been…. to make another appointment !!!….

Ooooooooh…. I tell ya…… NOT a happy bunny….. They make this sooooooo degrading to those of us who’ve worked ALL our lives, just to support the….. Ooooooh…. Don’t get me started on that… That’s another beef of mine completely….

Does anybody know anyone who requires a full time photographer ??… Now there’s a dream job… :)

SOOOOO… To mellow things down, here’s Today’s Sounds from one of my all time favourite albums…

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18 responses

  1. aswirly

    I think you need a nice relaxing paddle in this boat you’ve captured so nicely here. That sounds like one of the most frustrating, degrading, and exasperating experiences ever. I’m so sorry. Gonna listen to your song…

    March 26, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    • It was ever so slightly frustrating… lol.. But it’s ok now, as I’m chilling working my way through a selection of Guinness’s… trying to find the nicest one… (yeah I know they’re all the same, but it’s an excuse that works for me)… :)

      March 26, 2010 at 10:25 pm

      • aswirly

        Easy. Don’t want you sending off resume’s drunk off Guinness ;) lol

        March 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm

        • Oooopshh… would thash be conshidered bad then !?!?… Hic… ;)

          March 26, 2010 at 10:31 pm

  2. carshamus

    I am sorry to hear that it was such a trial, it really p*&^^( me off lol that people who do contribute all their lives end up getting treated like this … Dad was asking how you were doing the other day too ;) Take care and dont let the (*&$#@@ get you down ;) Car

    March 27, 2010 at 5:10 am

    • Hi Car… Don’t worry, they’ll have to try a lot harder than that to get me down, but it is real annoying all the same…

      March 27, 2010 at 9:16 am

  3. You have my sympathies! Bureaucracy sucks. Just remember that none of those idiots shuffling papers could take a photo like this. That’s a real gift. Gorgeous work.

    March 28, 2010 at 6:27 am

    • Thank you so much…. You’re right though… The more forms I have to fill out the more I realise how the system sucks… And all to be told I’m not entitled to anything after working all my life so far…

      March 28, 2010 at 9:12 am

  4. Man alive, I feel your annoyance – and rightly so to be annoyed like this. Jumped up desk job idiot she was! If it’s any consolation I got done recently for ‘having my foot’ on a train seat – my foot was crossed and being tall the toe was brushing against the chair opposite…ooooh, I’m such a crim!

    March 28, 2010 at 9:19 am

    • Well I’m not at all surprised Brian… Yet were you a teenager “jumping” from seat to seat, then you’d have been commended for your aerial expertise…
      I received “another” form yesterday that requires me to provide proof of “everything”… Birth certificates… NI Number… Building society book… Bank statements… TV licence… Utility bills… First born child… etc etc…. And all to PROVE I’m not entitled to any assistance…. It’s truly ridiculous…

      March 28, 2010 at 9:27 am

  5. That’s a stunning scene FS, beautifully captured. I should imagine you need some R+R after dealing with that jobsworth!

    March 28, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    • I needed more than r&r… lol… I have to go back tomorrow in another attempt to get my form…

      March 28, 2010 at 10:13 pm

  6. Maria

    Beautiful shot Brian! Good luck for tomorrow maybe you wont get the same snotty women as last time. Lets hope i dont get her either on wednesday. lol

    March 29, 2010 at 12:02 am

    • Lets hope I don’t get the same woman.. lol.. I’ll keep you posted.. ;)

      March 29, 2010 at 12:08 am

  7. That is an amazing shot Brian. You captured the mood perfectly :)
    I am appalled by the treatment that you received from that woman at the jobcentre. You are one of the most pleasant person I have meet in the internet and for that you deserve better treatment. Oh well, one thing for sure is that she will get what she deserves. I hope that make you feel a little bit better like you can be a happy bunny again :)

    March 30, 2010 at 1:53 am

    • Lol… Thank you so much Attiev… Well you may be right, but if that’s the case then she’s got a whole heap of it due I’m thinking, as I don’t think I am the first, nor will I be the last person she treats like that…

      March 30, 2010 at 9:26 am

  8. Really nice shot. Good mood in the photo.

    April 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    • Many thanks… The colours were pretty amazing that evening…

      April 22, 2010 at 9:36 pm

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