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.