Friday, June 10, 2011

Benefit Cheats - Excuses When Caught

Image: Courtesy of BBC

In the UK, those who receive state unemployment benefits are commonly referred to as "being on the dole". While today’s post could be mistaken as lines delivered by legendary dole cheats Rodney and Del in Only Fools and Horses, they are in fact real excuses used by real benefit cheats, when caught in the act.
  • We don't live together he just comes each morning to fill up his flask.
  • I wasn't using the ladders to clean windows, I carried them for therapy for my bad back.
  • I had no idea my wife was working! I never noticed her leaving the house twice a day in a fluorescent jacket and a Stop Children sign.
  • My wallet was stolen so someone must have been using my identity, I haven't been working.
  • I didn't know I was still on benefit.
  • I didn't declare my savings because I didn't save them, they were given to me.
  • He lives in a caravan in the drive, we're not together.
  • He does come here every night and leave in the morning and although he has no other address I don't regard him as living here.
  • It wasn't me working, it was my identical twin.
  • I wasn't aware my wife was working because her hours of work coincided with the times I spent in the garden shed.
UK Ministers say it is not a laughing matter, pointing out fraudulent benefit claims cost taxpayers £1.6bn a year.

"Benefit fraud is no joke, and yet our investigators are routinely dealing with bare-faced cheek and ridiculous excuses for stealing money from the taxpayer," said welfare reform minister David Freud.

Ernest Roper
Durban Regional Manager


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