Sven and Ole had worked together for years, and both had been laid off from work, so off they went to the unemployment office.
When he was asked what his his occupation was, Ole said “Panty stitcher. I sew the elastic onto cotton panties.”
The clerk looked up panty stitcher. Finding it classed as unskilled labor, she gave him $300 a week unemployment pay.
Next, Sven was asked what his occupation was. “Diesel fitter” he replied.
Since diesel fitters was listed as a skilled job, the clerk gave Sven $600 a week unemployment pay.
When Ole found out he was furious.
He stormed back in to find out why his friend and co-worker was collecting double his pay.
The clerk explained: panty stitchers were unskilled and diesel fitters were skilled labor.
“What skill?” yelled Ole. “I sew the elastic on, Sven pulls on it and says, Yep, diesel fitter”
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