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“I’ve made myself unemployable, now pay me benefits”

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Daily Mail: A woman who had stars tattooed on her face says she has no choice other than to claim benefits worth £14,000-a-year ($15,224 US dollars) because no one will employ her.

Kay Bennett, 33, from Swindon, says the tattoos, which were done when she was 24, have turned her into a jobless recluse. ‘Until they are removed, I won’t be able to find a job and will be stuck on benefits,’ says Miss Bennett, who resigned from her last role because she felt ‘left out’ by colleagues, and is now hoping someone will step forward and offer to pay for her to have laser removal.

‘I can’t afford to have it done but I’m absolutely desperate to get rid of them,’ says Miss Bennett, who claims she has applied for 40 jobs in the last year but without success. ‘I hope my nightmare will make anyone think twice about having such visible tattoos especially on your face, neck or hands,’ she says.

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‘I am well spoken but as soon as people see me they think I’m rough and common. People take one look at me, see the stars and automatically think I’m a criminal or on drugs. I’ve applied for 40 jobs in the last year alone. But as soon as I turn up for an interview I can see that person looking at the stars on my face. As soon as they see those stars, and the other tattoos on my neck and hands, their mind is made up. They are not going to employ me.’

Her handouts, which total £14,000 a year, include an employment and support allowance of £360 a fortnight and housing benefit of £400-a-month. She also gets sick money because she suffers from depression, the result, she says, of tattoo-related comfort eating that has caused her go up three dress sizes from a 12 to an 18.

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Another great upset is caused by being unable to find a boyfriend, which Miss Bennett says is also down to the inkings. ‘I only attract bad boys,’ she admits. ‘Nice guys don’t fancy me because of my tattoos.’

In an ironic twist, the 33-year-old, who has 18 tattoos in total, says she got her first one as a means of boosting her confidence, which had been knocked by school bullies. ‘I thought if I had tattoos I would look hard and people would think twice before picking on me,’ she explains.

Over the next six years she got further tattoos done on her arms and neck, but easily found work as a security guard. Then, aged 24, she decided to have six stars tattooed on her face – much to her parents and her employers’ horror.

It took her eight years to find another job, this time as a dog sitter. But after a few months, she resigned when other staff failed to invite her on a night out. ‘I started off working as a volunteer and people got to know me,’ explains Miss Bennett. ‘But other staff were wary of me because of how I look. I didn’t get invited out with them and I was so upset I had to resign.

Since then she has been unable to find another job and has spiralled into depression. ‘I can’t go out because I feel everyone is staring at me,’ she says. I come from a middle class family. My dad is an estimator, my sister is a social worker and my mum works in admin. [But] people judge me on my looks and rarely bother to get to know me.’

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Kitty doesn’t want to go for a walk!

Be sure to watch to the end!

h/t Laura

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Public service in Portland pays well: Why a fired administrator earned $371,353

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Oregon Live: Portland’s former chief administrator, Jack Graham, pulled in more money than any other city employee during fiscal 2014 – and by a staggering margin. Graham, fired in November 2013 by Mayor Charlie Hales after a series of high-profile controversies, had gross earnings of $371,353.

Graham collected a year’s salary, $192,192, in severance, plus about $60,000 from cashing out vacation time. Just under $120,000 came from his base salary.

Graham tops a list of nearly 8,800 city employees who, together, earned more than $439 million between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, according to a city database obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive through the state’s public records law.

In all, Graham’s total earnings were $112,000 more than the city’s second-highest-paid employee and far more than any top official, including Hales.

Here’s a look at other findings:

1) Six figures: 943 city employees, or 10.7 percent, earned more than $100,000 from base pay, overtime, premium pay, and vacation, sick or severance payouts.

Seem high? It’s not.

Census data show that overall, 12.8 percent of Portland’s nearly 352,000 workers had inflation-adjusted earnings in the six digits, according to 2013 estimates.

2) Part-time/seasonal: The city’s numbers are heavily skewed by Portland Parks & Recreation, which lists more than 3,200 employees. Of those, nearly 2,000 are part time or seasonal recreation leaders. The highest-paid among those employees earned just under $25,000, the lowest $13.88, with average earnings of about $3,000 for the year.

Hales’ pledge to ensure that all city employees earn at least $15 an hour, incidentally, does not apply to part time or seasonal workers.

3) Politics doesn’t pay (comparatively, at least): Hales is the city’s top politician and administrator, earning a base pay of about $129,500. Yet 86 city employees earned more than Hales, a list including bureau directors, attorneys and senior-level administrators.

By including overtime, premiums and payouts, the list of employees who earned more than Hales doubles to 176. Of those, more than 60 percent work for Portland Fire & Rescue (69 employees) or the Police Bureau (36).

One year ago, when the City Council approved annual cost-of-living adjustments, Hales said he found it “nuts” that he and the city commissioners earn far less than the managers they manage. “It’s a crazy situation,” he said.

Hales at the time said he would look to form a review panel to consider pay increases for future elected officials.

4) Overtime: Portland spent $18.8 million on overtime, with nearly half of that ($8.6 million) going to employees in Portland Fire & Rescue, and an additional $5 million to the Police Bureau.

The city’s emergency responders work long, often odd hours. A typical firefighters’ schedule involves 24 hours on duty followed by 48 hours off. Union-represented firefighters work about 52 hours a week, making them eligible for about 12 hours of overtime every week.

Of about 400 city firefighters, 178 earned at least $10,000 in overtime. Of those 38 earned at least $20,000, seven of that group at least $30,000 and two of those topped $40,000.

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Higher Education: College students don’t recognize Reagan

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What is wrong with people? Woman jailed after McDonald’s shooting over bacon-less burger

 

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Girlfriend just wanted some bacon…

MSN.com: A Michigan woman was sentenced three to seven years in prison after firing her gun at a McDonald’s drive-through when her hamburger was delivered twice without bacon, local media reported.

Shaneka Monique Torres, 30, was convicted in March of carrying a concealed weapon, discharging a firearm into a building and felony use of a firearm, according to ABC affiliate WZZM in Grand Rapids.

A judge sentenced her to serve three to seven years in prison at a hearing Tuesday.

Torres visited a McDonald’s drive-through with a friend on the night of February 10, 2014 and ordered bacon cheeseburgers. When the meal arrived with no bacon, a manager apologized and offered her a free meal, WZZM reported.

She returned several hours later and again received her hamburger without the bacon, at which point she screamed at the restaurant worker and pulled a handgun from her purse, firing a round at the building. There were no injuries reported, but the shots shattered the driver side window of her car.

She was arrested about one mile from the restaurant about 30 minutes later. Her defense lawyer said the shooting was an accident, and was not about receiving her hamburger without bacon, according to WZZM.

Yeah, riiiiight. Because every time I remove my handgun from my purse, I just accidently pull the trigger.

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The Conversation We Need To Be Having About Race: “I want to see a cop shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back”

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Huffington Post: When Toni Morrison writes, we read. And when she speaks, we make damn sure to listen.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Telegraph, Morrison — who latest novel God Help The Child was published this month — shared her thoughts on the racial disparities that exist in the American justice system. Morrison explained how she will know when these disparities no longer exist, and why talking about race is a very different thing from talking about racism.

“People keep saying, ‘We need to have a conversation about race,’” Morrison told The Telegraph. Top of Form

“This is the conversation. I want to see a cop shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back,” she said. “And I want to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman. Then when you ask me, ‘Is it over?’, I will say yes.”

Racial identity and culture are topics that serve as the foundation for many of Morrison’s novels. The reality of being a black woman in the United States is something the Pulitzer and Nobel prize-winning author knows all too well.

“Race is the classification of a species. And we are the human race, period,” she said. “But the other thing –- the hostility, the racism — is the money-maker. And it also has some emotional satisfaction for people who need it.”

Someone who knows a thing or two about money making...

Someone who knows a thing or two about money making…

Morrison echoed the idea that there is the idea that there is no such thing as race on a November episode of the “The Colbert Report.”

None. There is just a human race — scientifically, anthropologically,” Morrison told Colbert. “Racism is a construct, a social construct… it has a social function, racism.”

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Four MSNBC Hosts Owe Tax Debts

 

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THR: Touré Neblett, co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle, is the latest network host to be under scrutiny for owing thousands in taxes. 

According to public records reviewed by National Review, Neblett’s debt currently stands at over $59,000. A state tax warrant of $46,862.68 was issued to the host and his wife in September 2013, followed by an additional warrant for $12,849.87 six months later. Neblett formerly served as a contributor for The Dylan Ratigan Show before it was canceled by the network in 2012.

He joins three other MSNBC hosts who have also reportedly been issued tax warrants or liens, including Joy Ann-Reid, Melissa Harris-Perry and Al Sharpton.

National Review reports that the state of New York filed a tax warrant against Reid, who has been a contributor for the network since 2011, and her husband for the amount of $4,948.15 last month. Reid hosted The Reid Report for a full year — from February 2014 until its early cancelation in February 2015.

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Just last week, the Winston-Salem Journal also reported that Harris-Perry, who has hosted the political commentary program Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC since 2012, and husband James Perry owed $70,000 in delinquent taxes ($21,721 of which was paid off on Tax Day, Harris-Perry told the newspaper).

Sharpton’s financial run-ins with the IRS surfaced back in November 2014, as reported by The New York Times. The Times estimated that Sharpton, host of political talk show PoliticsNation since 2011, and his combined businesses owed around $4.5 million in state and federal tax liens.

An MSNBC spokesperson declined to comment on the reports.

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