Paddy and Mick worked together in St John"s and both were laid off, so they went to the unemployment office.

When asked his occupation, Paddy answered, "panty stitcher, I sew the elastic onto ladies cotton panties and thongs".

The clerk looked up "panty stitcher" on his computer and finding it classified as unskilled labour, he gave Paddy £80 a week unemployment benefit.

Mick was next in and when asked his occupation, he replied, "diesel fitter". Since "diesel fitter" was a skilled job, the clerk gave Mick £160 a week.

When Paddy found out, he was furious. He stormed back into the office to find out why his friend and co-worker was collecting double his pay.

The Clerk explained, "panty stitchers are unskilled and "diesel fitters" are skilled labour.

"What skill?" yelled Paddy. "I sew the elastic on the panties and the thongs.
Mick puts them over his head and says, 'Yep, diesel fitter.'"