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I'm sorry but someone is going to link to this today so....

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TheRealFellatio Thu 28-Mar-13 05:47:43

It may as well be me. grin

Stumbled across this accidentally (honest) when googling about the poor little girl killed by dogs, but this has to be the most spectacularly entertaining Daily Mail 'I'm better off on benefits' stories I have ever seen.

So many weird things going on here, and so many unanswered questions I don't even know where to begin.....confused

Her home 'boasts' a 42" flat screen telly, natch.


PS. is there anyone whose telly ^isn't a flatscreen these days? confused

issypiggle Thu 28-Mar-13 05:54:11

omg, all i can say is argh!!!!

MammaTJ Thu 28-Mar-13 05:55:22

Already done


TheRealFellatio Thu 28-Mar-13 06:06:20

Oh so it has. sad I am not in the UK and I thought it was today's paper and I was the first person in the whole wide world to see it. Sad now. sad

TheRealFellatio Thu 28-Mar-13 06:06:55

And I forgot to turn it into a bona fide AIBU?

LindyHemming Thu 28-Mar-13 07:12:46

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TheRealFellatio Thu 28-Mar-13 08:38:07

I can see how (most) of the figures add back to a situation where she'd rather stay on benefits, although some of them are a bit tenuous and far-fetched, and some things have been counted in twice, but that's not what I want to know.

I want to know how she's gone from being a presumably intelligent and capable chartered accountant who knows about finances and tax etc, living in a huge fancy 7 bed McMansion with a swanky bespoke kitchen and a live-in housekeeper, to someone who is in a rented semi, whose ex pays 13 quid a week maintenance.

There's a book deal somewhere there, surely? I hope she's writing about that!

DoJo Thu 28-Mar-13 08:42:09

FWIW I am the person in the UK who doesn't have a flat screen and therefore gives all the handwringing over those who do some context.

TheRealFellatio Thu 28-Mar-13 08:47:06

The only people who don't have flatscreen TVs these days are very old ladies, people with no TV at all and very posh people who only take baths not showers, (too modern and continental) and shun central heating. grin

idiuntno57 Thu 28-Mar-13 08:50:23

we don't have a flatscreen.
we're not posh.
we're skint.

OneHundredSecondsofSolitude Thu 28-Mar-13 08:51:49

God shock we're those people! No fLatscreen and no shower, 28 year old boiler!!

Where do I get my matching crumbling pile?

pippitysqueakity Thu 28-Mar-13 08:53:23

Well, up until last Tuesday, I was that person without a flat screen tv, but my big fat non flaty finally gave up the ghost about 6 weeks ago and it got too much for me!
(I will be the v poshy please, grin even tho it's not remotely true...)

yaimee Thu 28-Mar-13 09:00:37

No flat screen for me either and definitely not because I'm posh, more that I'm broke as a joke.
Big sigh.
The worst thing is that people buy into this rubbish!

thegreylady Thu 28-Mar-13 09:00:37

We don't have a bath! We have a shower instead. We do have a flat screen TV bought last year when the old TV died. We are also pensioners.We do not feel hard up :-)

livinginwonderland Thu 28-Mar-13 09:00:57

eh, we only got a flatscreen last summer, and that's because our area switched to digital and our other TV was too old to cope with it.

Crawling Thu 28-Mar-13 09:03:44

My mum who is on benefits doesnt have a flat screen. I hate watching Tele Down there because the slightest bump and the tv goes off. Seeing my mum struggle I dont know how anyone can live comfortably of benefits. She was working for MIND but got made redundant.

thereinmadnesslies Thu 28-Mar-13 09:11:49

I love the idea that getting a book published will set her up for life -few authors make enough from their first book to quit work (or benefits in her case) - JK Rowling and the Fifty Shades of Grey woman are the total exception to the rule.

TheRealFellatio Thu 28-Mar-13 09:17:31

Ok, I accept that many people have not upgraded their TVs for a really long time, and either can't afford to or don't care to - but you get my drift. My point was that the DM should really move on from their flatscreen obsession now - it's a very long time since they have been considered the height of cutting edge luxury and indulgence. Pretty much anyone who has bought a new telly in the last 10 to 15 years will have bought a flatscreen one. That is all.

WallyBantersJunkBox Thu 28-Mar-13 09:30:29

She should trade down her four wheel drive Honda then to help her with her decision about petrol from Morrisions or food from Aldi.


What's wrong with Morrisions - I thought it was quite a nice supermarket when I was back in the UK?

<<misses point completely>>

Cakethrow Thu 28-Mar-13 09:34:01

'She drives a four-wheel Honda CRV'
That is a complete outrage.
A car with 4 wheels, while on benefits? <speechless>

Groovee Thu 28-Mar-13 09:37:44

How come last year, when my dh became unemployed, we struggled to get any help? 8 weeks with no money and only basics at that. No free school meals or free university places and even tax credits were a complete nightmare.

Punkatheart Thu 28-Mar-13 09:37:48

No flatscreen.

Hate that television dominates rooms.

Now what were we talking about again?

IsaacCox Thu 28-Mar-13 09:41:51

We don't have a flat screen and don't want one grin

trashcanjunkie Thu 28-Mar-13 09:49:00

i don't have a flat screen.... I've never actually bought a telly! but we were recently gifted an old chunky samsung. The dcs bloody love it!

trashcanjunkie Thu 28-Mar-13 09:50:56

punk totally hearing you.... that's why I decided it could go in the corner of my bedroom wink and it means the kids need permission to go in my room before they sit down and goggle...

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