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Welfare Mis-Applications
Letters received by the Toronto Welfare Department from applications for aid & assistance
Where only the best excuses are considered...

• I am forwarding my marriage certificate and six children. I have seven but one died and was baptized on half a sheet of paper.

• I am writing to the Welfare Department to say that my baby was born two years old. When do I get my money?

• Mrs. Jones has not had any clothes for a year and has been visited regularly by the clergy.

• I cannot get sick pay. I have six children, can you tell me why?

• I am glad to report that my husband who was reported missing is dead.

• This is my eighth child, what are you going to do about it?

• Please find for certain if my husband is dead, the man I am living with can’t eat or do anything until he finds out.

• I am very annoyed that you have branded my son illiterate, as this is a lie. I was married to his father a week before he was born.

• In answer to your letter I have given birth to a boy weighing ten lbs. I hope this is satisfactory.

• I am forwarding my marriage certificate and my three children, one of which was a mistake as you can see.

• My husband had his project cut off two weeks ago, and I haven’t had any relief since.

• Unless I get my money soon, I will be forced to lead an immortal life.

• You have changed my little boy to a little girl. Will this make any difference?

• I haven’t had children as yet as my husband is a bus driver and works day and night.

• In accordance with your instructions, I have given birth to twins in the enclosed envelope.

• I want money as quick as I can get it. I have been in bed with the doctor for two weeks and this doesn’t seem to do me any good. If things don’t improve I will be forced to send for another doctor.

• It is true I am a bachelor and have deducted for two children. But please believe me when I say it was an accident.

• Please excuse the condition of my messy form. I really should have been more careful.

• I am a vermin destroyer but have not earned anything for some months. I shall be glad to call on you at your convenience.

• Please send me a claim form as I have had a baby. I had one before but it got dirty and I burned it.

• I cannot pay the full amount at the moment as my husband is in hospital. As soon as I can I will send on the remains.

• Please correct this assessment. I have not worked for the past three months as I have broken my leg. Hoping you will do the same...



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04-Jul-2022