View from a Rhino House: “Baby it’s cold outside….”

In Sweden yesterday police were summoned to disperse an angry crowd of job-seekers outside an employment office in Stockholm – after it asked over 60,000 people to attend a recruitment meeting.

“Something has gone wrong with the mailing list…it has set off a very messy situation at the city office,” said Clas Olsson, acting director of the employment office & master of the obvious.

An e-mail invitation to a recruitment meeting that should have gone out to about 1,000 job-seekers went out to considerably more, in fact to all the registered job seekers in Stockholm, police said.

A huge crowd of people arrived to attend the meeting & crowded into the alley where the labor office is located, spilling-over into the adjacent street.

Unsurprisingly the mood of the crowd began to turn nasty & office staff decided to send for help, bringing police to the scene.

“When we got there it was very crowded & there were some upset feelings,” Police Inspector Ulf Lindgren said.

The cold chill of hard times felt in a very personal & physical way, methinks.

"I'm sorry but if this is another chance at one of those beach jobs, I'm just not interested."

“I’m sorry but if this is another chance at one of those beach jobs, I’m just not interested.”

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