Best Job for Crohnie: Toilet Cleaner

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   Posted 4/7/2010 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, how harsh!
article said...
Unemployed Crohn's disease sufferer 'told to find work as toilet cleaner'
A jobless mechanic with a serious stomach disease who asked to work in a place with good loo facilities was offered a job as... a toilet cleaner.
Cimzia, Asacol

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   Posted 4/7/2010 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
thats the UK for you!! That was harsh, it shouldn't of been said, but looking at it the funny way, it's probably a good job to be in!! haha
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   Posted 4/8/2010 4:30 AM (GMT -7)   
lol sooooo was this person too good for the job or what? A job is a job these days.
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   Posted 4/8/2010 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah, a job is a job and at least no problem reaching a toilet.

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   Posted 4/8/2010 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Cimzia, Asacol

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   Posted 4/8/2010 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I think a lot of people are on the fence about this, and that's why there is not many responses.  Is it ok for someone to suggest person with Crohns should take a job scrubbing toilets to "accommodate" their needs?  Me personally, I'd be offended...not because I'm above scrubbing a toilet but because someone thinks the only job I'm able to do is something like that.  Other people look at it as a job is a job.  Could she have been more tactful? Yes.  How about telling him what jobs are avalible and seeing if he was interested in any of them. 

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Post Edited (MAG102886) : 4/8/2010 6:21:37 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/8/2010 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
As a joke, I found it rather witty.

"asked to work in a place with good loo facilities" ... "offered a job as a toilet cleaner" ... Well, I found it amusing anyway. It's not what you'd normally expect when you request good loo facilities.

But it's hard to imagine anybody who works at a job centre coming out with a spontaneous joke, so it was probably a serious offer of a real job. The job centre isn't exactly renowned for offering professional white-collar jobs as it is, so that alone would have made me not feel offended at the offer of a "menial" job. On top of that, people who don't have Crohn's don't know anything about it. They think it's no worse than a mild tummy ache or whatever, or at least certain ones I've come across online do.

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   Posted 4/8/2010 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
i'd rather be the toilet TESTER, but that is just me...
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