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are furloughed people the new benefit scroungers?

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ghostmous3 Fri 22-May-20 02:28:48

According to some posts that are doing the rounds on shitebook they are

Before lockdown people moaned about the 'feckless workshy' now the vitriol is aimed at the 'furloughed sitting on thier bums on beaches spreading germs, how dare they when weve got to work. We're paying for you're furlough'

I'm feeling bloody sensitive tonight. I didn't ask to be furloughed, I'm more than likely getting made redundant at the end of july and I dont go to beaches!

lifeonaloop Fri 22-May-20 02:37:22

I've seen posts like that myself. They can fuck off as far as I'm concerned

IHaveBrilloHair Fri 22-May-20 02:41:28

I've seen similar.

Ipadipod Fri 22-May-20 02:46:29

I am furloughed, it wasn’t my choice , I had no say in it , nor did the majority of others I guess. What do these people expect us to do , go to work anyway and flout the rules? It’s an all round shit situation and no one is coming out of it unscathed imo.

Rosebel Fri 22-May-20 02:47:26

Just ignore them. Some people are nasty fuckers.

Pieceofpurplesky Fri 22-May-20 02:51:55

Nobody is safe from the self righteous these days - nurses, furloughed workers, teachers ... they were even having a go at the security guard at the supermarket on our local page today as he dared to stop a family of four going in to the supermarket (mum, dad and two kids about 9/10)

Pieceofpurplesky Fri 22-May-20 02:53:06

Oh and OP I hope you get to keep your job thanks

Astrid09 Fri 22-May-20 03:02:02

It just gives trolls a new group of people to be unkind to.
I was shocked doing the weekly shop that the family in front asked to go to the checkout together with 2 trolleys but in the second one was a 2month old baby!! The staff looked shocked and told him to take the baby and their 2 kids in the 1st trolley to the car and he said it was discrimination.
It baffles me why they both felt the need to bring the family out shopping during this.

ghostmous3 Fri 22-May-20 03:10:26

Thanks smile
This particular post also went on to say the nurses pay freeze was a kick in the teeth and furloughed workers make thier blood boil and they didnt want our claps (fine by me, I dont clap anyway and I won't be after this)

What's really got to me is people I thought were friends have shared this with thier mates saying absolutely disgusting hun,should be ashamed of themselves

I've come off facebook for a bit, I've cried a lot I'll admit it

We never asked for furlough, I didnt want it.

DoctorHildegardLanstrom Fri 22-May-20 03:16:04

The simple thing is either they support you being furloughed or they support you being unemployed.

At least at the moment you still have a chance of going back to work, the aftermath for the unemployed is still to be figured out

IHateCoronavirus Fri 22-May-20 03:20:05

Oh ghostmous3 it is pants. I’m sorry and I’m adding my voice to those wishing you luck in keeping your job.

I’m a teacher so I understand the upset of receiving vitriol about a situation you have no control over. It seems like society is becoming very divided. People are struggling to see past their own situations and looking for someone else to blame for their struggles. flowers

ghostmous3 Fri 22-May-20 03:20:11

A slim chance. We were told today that redundancy is very very likely. Fingers crossed I wont lose my job sad

Ah well it's hard for everyone. Same storm different boats

ghostmous3 Fri 22-May-20 03:22:39

Thanks ihatecoronavirus

I am looking at other jobs now,seeing if theres anything I can do, retrain or whatever.

Feel quite crap!

IHateCoronavirus Fri 22-May-20 03:37:58

The open university have some free online courses at the moment. It might help you test which areas you would like to explore.

I’ve just resigned from teaching so as of September I will need something new too. brew

canigooutyet Fri 22-May-20 03:38:27

The NHS freeze is ridiculous and is a massive kick in the teeth to them. Although thankfully this is being reconsidered.

Many people, unfortunately, look down on others and forget or cannot comprehend we all have our own circumstances, simply because we are all individuals.

Main options are challenged them and point the obvious out or ignore them. It sometimes makes you start thinking about them in general, and you find yourself asking, do they actually bring anything worthwhile to me? It's good to stop contact with those people. Or are they projecting?

Clovid seems to have escalated this and everyone seems to be "attacking" everyone, mainly out of frustration.

I'm not condoning it. We all do it from time to time, although for some it's like some hobby or work and it consumes them.

None of us asked for this. Everyone is getting fucked over in some way, and of course, there are some that haven't accepted it yet and I don't blame them tbh. Anything to keep yourself "sane" at the moment.

I don't know if you're alone, forget the crap and think about the memories you guys are creating at the moment. Time to take care of yourself, working on self-improvement, the in a minute jobs from around 3 years ago, and things like that. And hopefully, in the next week or so, you will be back in work. (I'm not saying there is anything you need to work on btw)

MrsTerryPratchett Fri 22-May-20 03:42:28

Envy is a powerful thing. I get it. I love my job and am extremely grateful to be doing it without a lot of difference. But if I hated my job I can see why I would feel envy. Having to do a job you hate while also being scared and other people are getting tans and day drinking. Because that's the perception... I can see why.

canigooutyet Fri 22-May-20 03:43:47

I don't blame you quitting IhateCorona. It really wouldn't surprise me if more than usual aren't that far behind you. So glad I left it all behind years ago. I would have been sacked somewhere between March and now. grin

And the pay freeze, a kick in the teeth for you lot as well.

ghostmous3 Fri 22-May-20 03:54:47

Yes I can see it too mrsterrypratchet

Weve all had our moments of envy about what others are doing, I've done it myself of I'm honest even before lockdown.

I think with this particular post it was nasty and it was one group of people this person picked on, no mention at all of unemployed people or people on the sick,people taking annual leave or even key workers breaking the rules and sitting on the beaches.

What a horrible time to be living in.

Canigooutyet theres some free courses on futurelearn I've been having a look at which look pretty interesting so I'm going to give them a go.
Luckily I have dp and my girls at home so I'll just focus on them, facebook can do one for now .

ghostmous3 Fri 22-May-20 03:56:19

The pay freeze thing is disgusting I agree.

Moomin8 Fri 22-May-20 04:00:39

I agree. But people in the U.K. have this kind of attitude lately. It's what happens after 10 plus years of the Tories being in power.

There is also a rhetoric about disabled people being benefit scroungers.

People are nasty and I don't have any sympathy for those whose businesses are suffering if they were the type to look down on the vulnerable and disabled before this whole thing.

The way it has destroyed the economy certainly is a leveller.

There but for the Grace of god...

Pixxie7 Fri 22-May-20 04:01:15

What goes around comes around the thousands of people on furlough didn’t expect to be in this position a couple of months ago. Let’s hope the people criticising don’t find themselves in a similar position.

Aclh13 Fri 22-May-20 04:04:20

Far from true. I'm classed as a severely vulnerable individual yet my company still refused to furlough not just me but everyone working there. I ended up having to disability benefits temporarily because the only jobs available in my area are HCA which I physically cannot get recruited for when I disclose my health. (Also my current job I'm off from I'm a senior support worker on my gap year from university) it is ridiculous that people are labelling because what else are we supposed to do. In the past 2 months theres been only all clinical work or one admin role which went very quickly, any other roles I can do whilst being vulnerable are almost 50 miles away?

Tonz Fri 22-May-20 04:24:28

I'm a key worker out working double shifts some days to cover for self isolaters. My Dh is furloughed. I'm out working putting myself at risk and he's not. Only thing that bothers me is the mess he makes being home all day. He tries but his cleaning isn't great. He is there for the kids which is great but he is sliding into depression. I can see it happening, he feels terrible I'm the one out taking risks, he is struggling with no social interaction and feels cut off from the world. I am the lucky one my job is safe

Puds11 Fri 22-May-20 04:25:39

I’d take comfort in the fact that only the truly stupid would make a comment like that. Furlough isn’t a choice and I know a few people who have been furloughed and are desperate to get back to work. I think the loss of work identity will cause mental health problems for quite a few people.

Chinchinatti Fri 22-May-20 04:26:57

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