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  • Jobseekers Annoyance

    by Aaron Tingz, Thud Dub Books

    Aaron Tingz a.k.a Mark Mace Smith wrote Jobseeker's Annoyance in 2003, and it is part diary, part open letter describing what he experienced during one month when he tried to transfer his benefit claim.  The events at his local b'roo are quite normal and yet by describing them Aaron Tingz shares a kind of surreal nightmare that many claimants experience and can do little about.
     
    Jobseeker's Annoyance is uniquely funny with a wit all its own.  It's not an attack on the benefits system but it does single out one particular Job Centre and rather than naming the staff who seem typically ignorant of the service's systems and procedures, Aaron Tingz gives them all the name of the Job Centre's area manager - Birnie.