Monday, 10 March 2008
Found myself in the local job centre today, first time in over ten years. Something’s had changed some had remained the same, still a dehumanizing and alienating environment, just a bit more hi-tech than before. Push button computer screens to access the jobs, no more cards on boards. Many of the jobs were out of date, the ones that weren’t struggled to meet the minimum wage, and since when has a local job involved travelling 400 miles to get there? I could feel people getting pissed off with it all, as well as hear them expressing their disgust with the whole process, no doubt that’s why there were 3 security guards in the building, on hand to evict anyone who got so stressed out they kicked off. Can’t think of any other reason, because while I was there one unfortunate ’customer’ had a fit (perhaps he’d seen a job paying above the minimum wage) there he was twitching on the floor and all of a sudden 2 of the security guards had him pinned down, which confused me a bit cos what I remember from first aid training was, that you were supposed to leave a person alone if they were having a fit, still at least the ambulance the other guard rang for arrived quickly, not! By the time I left the building after 10-15 minutes it still hadn’t arrived, but at least I left with my dignity just about intact.