Friday, June 11, 2010

Quirky Euro Files: Dutch Council Program to Help Jobless Women Find ...

Jobs? Did you think I was going to say "jobs"?

Nope! Some geniuses in the Netherlands have decided to give unemployed women makeovers and advice so they can get a ... man!
Unemployed Dutch women are being offered a €1,400 (£1,150) fashion and beauty makeover and free membership of a dating agency to get them off the dole by finding a solvent husband. Single jobseekers will be given a new hairstyle and outfit, and tips from a life coach on how to attract a new partner or a job.

They will also be given instruction in social and presentation skills and a place on the exclusive matchmaking service Mens & Relatie (People and Relationships), boosted by a professional photograph of their new image. Mens & Relatie claims a 75 per cent success rate in finding long-term partners for its clients.

The thinking behind the scheme, organised by three councils in Friesland, in the north of the Netherlands, is that finding love helps to get the unemployed off state benefits by improving confidence, ambition and motivation. Some local politicians, however, have criticised it as unethical and a waste of taxpayers’ money.
Are we sure this isn't some news prank by the Onion?

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lp said...

Please say it is a joke...please.

Mad Minerva said...

I know! Seriously, we can't make this stuff if we tried.