Lantern Swinger
Paddy & Mick worked together in St. John's, Newfoundland and were both laid off, so they went to the unemployment office.
When asked his occupation, Paddy answered, "Panty Stitcher. I sew da elastic onto ladies cotton panties and tongs"
The clerk looked up panty stitcher on his computer and finding it classified as unskilled labour, he gave him $80.00 a week unemployment pay.
Mick was next in, and when asked his occupation, replied," Diesel
Fitter" Since a diesel fitter was a skilled job, the clerk gave
Mick $160.00 a week.
When Paddy found out he was furious. He stormed back into the office to find out why his friend and co-worker was collecting
double his pay.
The clerk explained "Panty Stitchers are unskilled and Diesel
Fitter's are skilled labour"
What skill? Yelled Paddy." I sew da elastic on da panties and
tongs; Mick puts 'em over his head and says: "Yep ,diesel fitter