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    Quote Originally Posted by scorrie2017 View Post
    Thirs nothin' "unfortunate" about them. All o' us, no matter what wir situation, get free medical treatment, free education, a safe community, running water, sanitary services, a roof over wir heids, a pension, and Dole money.

    If someone canna afford to buy themselves beans and toast after getting all that for free then they dinna bloody deserve any ither handouts.
    3 christmass's ago me and my family were made homeless and jobless at short notice. We couldn't get dole because neither me nor my husband had earn't enough in the past however many years to pay national insurance and so didn't have the required number of NI credits. We were lucky friends let us sofa surf for a while and we sold our jewelry and valubles in order to buy food and school uniforms. I shall never forget the humiliation of having to beg for a nights stay. The last two weeks of our ordeal we had to squat in an unheated, uninsulatted shell of a house with no running water and a bucket for a loo. So don't go barking on about "guarentied handouts" cos they aint there.

    And no we didn't use the food bank.

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    If ats til be believed then hid says more about yir fecklessness in getting into such a situation. Is wis obviously doon sooth as ats no e values o fowkies up here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorrie2017 View Post
    If ats til be believed then hid says more about yir fecklessness in getting into such a situation. ‘Is wis obviously doon sooth as ats no ‘e values o’ fowkies up here.

    Obviously lacking in friends and family .... I agree with scorrie ...

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    Actualy we live in bower and we weren't feckless. We were renovating a croft when the jobs dissapered. no job = no money, no money = no rent (and no more builders, plumbers to finish the house). Job centre in wick said that our uninhabitable shell of a house was classed as an asset so technically we had savings. They weren't going to help us until we had sold up and frittered away every penny. Friends helped out where they could but would you want a family camping out in your living room for 3 months?

    Any one can lose their job, just ask those being laid off on the oil rigs.

    I hope scorrie you never have to face the prospect of no job, no home, knowing that everyone looks down on you as if you chose to be worth less than dirt. We could have followed the jobcentres advice and ended up perminently reliant on housing benefit instead we tightened our belts and made do until we got work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B0wer View Post
    Actualy we live in bower and we weren't feckless. We were renovating a croft when the jobs dissapered. no job = no money, no money = no rent (and no more builders, plumbers to finish the house). Job centre in wick said that our uninhabitable shell of a house was classed as an asset so technically we had savings. They weren't going to help us until we had sold up and frittered away every penny. Friends helped out where they could but would you want a family camping out in your living room for 3 months?

    Any one can lose their job, just ask those being laid off on the oil rigs.

    I hope scorrie you never have to face the prospect of no job, no home, knowing that everyone looks down on you as if you chose to be worth less than dirt. We could have followed the jobcentres advice and ended up perminently reliant on housing benefit instead we tightened our belts and made do until we got work.
    Not a lot of point in arguing the toss with those who have not the foresight to see your point,
    the bloody-minded attitude of the "natives" who wrongly believe everyone and everything is below them,

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    Ha ha. Ya dancer! Yee wir property owners wi an asset til sell! 1st World Problem!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westward View Post
    Not a lot of point in arguing the toss with those who have not the foresight to see your point,
    the bloody-minded attitude of the "natives" who wrongly believe everyone and everything is below them,
    Obviously posted by a "non-native" who wrongly believes he is superior to the yokels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westward View Post
    the bloody-minded attitude of the "natives" who wrongly believe everyone and everything is below them,
    So says 'E Great White Settler.

    They shift from 'e slums of England in search o' Utopia only til find 'e erse falls oot thir world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorrie2017 View Post
    So says 'E Great White Settler.


    They shift from 'e slums of England in search o' Utopia only til find 'e erse falls oot thir world.

    Slums o england my arse. Arbroth born and breed mate. Couldn't afford a house near family so we came up north. You try shifting a house that has not leccy, no water, no heating & no sewrage before the cubourds run bare & we'll see if you can feed your kids on estate agents leaflets!


    Not looking for utopia just a home. My grandmother always said Wick was the best harbour after Arbroath. Doubt she ever came across your kin though scorrie or she wouldn't have thought it so friendly.


    Tell you what scorrie you stay in your little world where wickers are saints and only scum fall on hard times and I will be busy in mine helping those in need. I'm not wasting any more time with you.


    My first post remains we do take action where abuse of food banks is proven. Most people only come the once and are in genuine need, please don't be put off giving because of a few bad apples. If you see food bank abuse report it (to us, or National Benefit Fraud Hotline (NBFH) Telephone: 0800 854 440 ).

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    'At's hid isn't it....Caithness is seen as a cheap dumping ground. 'E county is fill o them. Think I'd hev bought an actual hoose rather than a hill of bouls before moving' from "Arbroth"...wherever 'at is :-)

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    I have read this post with great interest, and wondered about contributing. I have been lucky enough to be in a position not to use a foodbank and I am blessed that this is the case, but Just before christmas I decided the foodbank would recieve the donation of items id buy with the money I would normally spend on christmas cards and the postage of them.

    Not a great deal of money but I thought maybe a treat for the kids of the families that recieve the food packages, in there situation I thought a treat goes a long way at christams.

    So I gathered up the items and dropped in to the food bank and I got the shock reality that maybe I had done a silly thing, I had people advising me it was not a cause that was used for good but abused, when I went through the door there was a lady sitting there waiting for her package to be made up! This is where it hit home that ok maybe it is abused..... this lady goes to bingo everyweek not just one bingo hall either, she buys multiple books, raffles at the begining and break, she attends the bookmakers regulary, she lives near by and I see her buying lines of scratcards, she smokes and here she is waiting for a food package.

    So in the seconds standing there I thought do I leave the items or do I take them back and put them to another cause, I decided no Im leaving them there, although this one was clearly not as in need as she had made out. I decided there is people who are, but also kids out there of families that may not recieve a great deal over christmas so why should they suffer for this ladys selfish behavior.

    it of course has made me think about how this system works but in this day and age its terrible that people need to rely on foodbanks but for people to be so aware how important they are for some but still abuse the resource.
    Live life while you have it, after is too late!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digby View Post
    This is where it hit home that ok maybe it is abused..... this lady goes to bingo everyweek not just one bingo hall either, she buys multiple books, raffles at the begining and break, she attends the bookmakers regulary, she lives near by and I see her buying lines of scratcards, she smokes and here she is waiting for a food package.
    Hid's beginan til look lek 'is Food Banks are air jist til give 'e doo-gooders somethin til to do and get thir face in 'e paper.

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    Why is that we hear such venom when it comes to the at the bottom of the pile ,but have all to many turning a blind eye to the Rich Fat Cats stealing from us all . It's not just a few tins or pounds here and there,but BILLIONS , to many easy street brandy swilling Tories on the org. History teaches us one thing ' we never learn" and rotten folk are alive and thriving .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bystander1 View Post
    Obviously posted by a "non-native" who wrongly believes he is superior to the yokels.
    Bull.
    Like I said no point in arguing with folks like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dozy View Post
    Why is that we hear such venom when it comes to the at the bottom of the pile ,but have all to many turning a blind eye to the Rich Fat Cats stealing from us all . It's not just a few tins or pounds here and there,but BILLIONS , to many easy street brandy swilling Tories on the org. History teaches us one thing ' we never learn" and rotten folk are alive and thriving .
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    to many easy street brandy swilling Tories on the org. History teaches us one thing ' we never learn" and rotten folk are alive and thriving "
    Aye, I agree with you there..

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    BOwer's post has changed a lot. First food bank operative. Then homeless through no fault. Then bought deralict property in Bower and moved in with wife and children and was shocked jobcentre didn't help. Now indignant ....

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    I'm sorry to have confused you her00026. I was made homeless after investing in the property but before it was in a fit state to move in. We weren't given a choice about moving out of our old place we were just told to go. Once we were back on our feet I became a food bank operative because having been through that humilliation I wanted to help others who had found them selves in an equally hopeless situation.

    I apologise if I was a little brusk earlier I am just fed up of people calling me English just because I wasn't born here (Arbroath is just outside Aberdeen)

    I only brought up my own past to make the point that there aren't guarantied benefits. A lot of low paid and self employed people don't pay NI and run the risk of no benefits because of that. With all the planning in the world you can't avoid being made redundant.

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    I am well aware of the whereabouts of Arbroath and it's 'smokies'. In an area like this it will be obvious to 'locals' who is abusing the system, smoking,drinking and playing bingo, whilst taking food from the food banks. So they can work the system ... but not work. Sadly we have a system that supports them and not others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B0wer View Post
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    I apologise if I was a little brusk earlier I am just fed up of people calling me English just because I wasn't born here (Arbroath is just outside Aberdeen)

    I had a giggle when I read this comment, seeing as how much you want to disassociate yourself with the English.

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    I have no problem with English people, it is the boogyman white settler image that you are automatically tarred with by those that call you English. Yes I suppose in the grand scheme of things it is rather silly.

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