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Reuters: Jobless German spurns politician's work offers (Dec 19, 2006)
An unemployed mason famously told to "get a haircut" by the head of Germany's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) has turned down a personal invitation to receive job offers, Bild newspaper reported on Tuesday.

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Many leftists accused Beck of suggesting a simple haircut would help 4 million jobless people find work.

But for those on the other side of what became a national debate, Frank, 37, came to embody the work-shy who abuse Germany's welfare state.

Frank got a haircut, shaved his straggly beard and also removed two nose rings. But he turned down Beck's personal invitation to meet him at his office in Mainz, where Beck had lined up eight job offers with local companies.



Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Dec 20th, 2006 at 10:13:44 AM EST
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