Indiana Braces For Violence, Adds Armed Guards To Unemployment Offices In Anticipation Of 99-Week Jobless Benefits Expiration

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As America reaches its two year anniversary from the immediate economic collapse that followed the Lehman bankruptcy, punctuated mostly by vast and broad layoffs across every industry, arguably the most relevant topic that few are so far discussing is the expiration of full 99 weeks of maximum claims (EUC + Extended Benefits) for cohort after cohort of laid off Americans. And since these people are certainly not finding jobs in the broader labor market (which continues to contract and thus make the unemployment percentage far better optically than the 10%+ where U-3 should be), their next natural response will be to get very angry at the teat that has suckled them for so long, and is now forcing them to go cold turkey. Which is why we read with little surprise that now in Indiana, and soon everywhere else, unemployment offices are starting to add armed security guards. Of course, the official explanation if a benign one: "Armed security guards will be on hand at 36 unemployment offices around Indiana in what state officials said is a step to improve safety and make branch security more consistent." Why the need to improve safety all of a sudden? The 99 weeks cliff of course. Which means that on your next trek to the unemployment office to collect that last stimulus paycheck from Uncle Sam, you will most likely see the masked fellow below.

More from Indiana news on what is a harbinger of things to come.

No specific incidents prompted the action, Department of Workforce Development spokesman Marc Lotter told 6News' Norman Cox.

Lotter said the agency is merely being cautious with the approach of an early-December deadline when thousands of Indiana residents could see their unemployment benefits end after exhausting the maximum 99 weeks provided through multiple federal extension periods.

"Given the upcoming expiration of the federal extensions and the increased stress on some of the unemployed, we thought added security would provide an extra level of protection for our employees and clients
," he said.

Some offices have had guards for nearly two years but those guards were hired on a regional basis, meaning some offices had armed guards while others did not, Lotter said.

The cost of the armed guards varies dramatically around the state. Lotter said the agency is trying to be more consistent and that it plans to employ armed guards in all 36 offices where unemployment insurance benefits are handled.

The overall cost for the security is $1 million, paid for with federal funds designated for administration of the unemployment system, Lotter said.

Other agency offices that provide job training or are not full-service branches will continue to have unarmed guards.

Lotter said state employees in the affected offices have also recently gone through stress-management training in which they learn how to respond appropriately to angry clients.

"This is a stressful time for people in the economy," he said. "That's why we're not only taking this step (of hiring guards), but we're also increasing our training for our staff to be able to help people as they're trying to cope with these changes."

Next up: armed guards at your local social security office, grocery store, and soon, everywhere else.

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Walter_Sobchak's picture

Things are getting so exciting!!!!!

SheepDog-One's picture

Isn't that masked guy Robert Paulson?

Chito Campo's picture

His name is Robert Paulson.

Duuude's picture



Robber Paulson.


There, I fixed it for ya.



MachoMan's picture

It can't be that exciting when Mr. Paulson is asleep/can't see out of the mask....  I guess if you just stand somewhere with your eyes closed brandishing a nice HK, body armor, and a badge, people probably won't fuck with you.

BGO's picture

Toward the end of his life Tolstoy wrote an essay titled "I Cannot Be Silent." The essay was about a group of men that chose to bear arms against their fellow countrymen. The men in that story, they wore masks, too, and every last one of them (eventually) suffered particularly horrific demises.

Missing_Link's picture

They'll be posting them in McDonald's soon, too.

Ripped Chunk's picture

What do you mean no $1.00 specials this week.............

Election week, no bad press please. Thank you !!!!!

cossack55's picture

Yes, they were given a revolver with one round and forced to watch C-SPAN until they sought their own relief.  Cruel.

JW n FL's picture

this is what it looks like when they come to your house or my house... when the gloves come off...


just becuase this is offshore now doesnt mean that it will stay there if "We the People" cant behave ourselves.


close air support was up and running in Miami after hurricane Andrew blew thru... those where these those not a-10's.


The best stuff we can buy can NOT! compete with predators and these close air support toys.

nope-1004's picture

Assault rifle and ski mask?

Those damn unemployed must be the new Axis of Evil.

JW n FL's picture

its a 9mm mp5... not an assault rifle. and when someone walks in with a full auto .223 / .308 and / or 7.62... well lets just say that light armor and 9mm bullets are not going to stop the guy with an assault rifle.

MachoMan's picture

proven repeatedly during the LA bank robbery...  and a myriad of other incidents before and since.

JW n FL's picture

They should have went the 40mm route and or a lil smaller for the newer stuff and they would have made it out...

MachoMan's picture

They should have just started a mortgage origination/packaging business...

JW n FL's picture

Now that is some funny shit right there! Thank You! Kind Sir!! for the laugh! much needed!

Kobe Beef's picture

His name is Andrew Joseph Stack.

His name is Andrew Joseph Stack.

Everyman's picture

"Only in death does a Project Mayhem have a name."

So he can't be Robert Paulson.

"I'm gonna go get a shovel."

tmosley's picture

He must've been bitten by JPM or one of the other zombie banks.

So his name IS Robert Paulson.

Coming soon to a community near you:

bigdumbnugly's picture

no, not to worry, sheepdog.

its just barney fife.  he wears the mask because he knows no one would take him seriously if he shows his face.  he'll probably shoot his own toes off in a minute...

ZakuKommander's picture

Speaking of Barney, these guards will be unlikely to have the tacticool kit featured in the picture.  Think more along the lines of revolvers with one bullet.  

SheepDog-One's picture

Yep, the ATF guys will be busy with the militia threat. The UE offices will be guarded by Chinese and Russian UN troops, when you show up to collect your check youll be routed out the back door onto the FEMA train and your assignment at the forced labor camp to 'repay your debt', you useless eater. Communism, bitchez...recognize.

RobD's picture

Funny thing is the other Federal law inforcement agencies call the ATF guys Barneys.

bigdumbnugly's picture


and whether the ATF chalks that up as a reference to fred's neighbor, the purple dinosaur, or the mayberry sidekick - it ain't a term of endearment.

in that photo barney's got some bigger guns than i remember him having... fife on steroids i guess.  (i can't believe snl or someone didn't come up with a skit for that).


JW n FL's picture

ATF ='s FBI reject.

chopper read's picture

ATF = Waco Murderers

jack-booted thugs geared-up to take out your fellow Americans and perhaps, someday, you. 

JW n FL's picture

Yes. You are correct... no gun fire into the house, no setting the house on fire... on accident? Yes, they like to attack churches with Good God Fearing people inside... lets see how they do when its not the lambs that they are up against.

chopper read's picture


weekend warriors cannot help themselves.  the agency should be disbanded. 

chopper read's picture

ATF = Waco Murderers

jack-booted thugs geared-up to take out your fellow Americans and perhaps, someday, you. 

Haywood Jablowme's picture

Isn't that masked guy Robert Paulson?


Actually it's Nacho Libre's twin brother.  Ever since the accident off the top rope, his wrestling career went into a tailspin...



goldfish1's picture

Is the mask designed to be worn over the eyes, or is it an equipment malfunction? Either way, the  desperate poor stand a chance.

DaveyJones's picture

and to save money, the guards are outsourced from India : /

Oracle of Kypseli's picture

The same Indians that killed Indira?

The guards admitted killing her while she was holding a baby in her arms. They told the judge that it felt like taking Gundy from a baby!

knukles's picture

+ belly belly good you win a curry slurpee

StychoKiller's picture

Apu:  "Shiva H. Vishnu!  Time for a champagne Squishee!"

Oh regional Indian's picture

Hey Davey, if they're masked like that, I guess you'll never find out eh?

Anecdotally, private security was the fastest growing business in India right along with IT (outsourced). 

Next was security systems (CCTV boom).

Guns just come with capitalist territory, in all it's myriad, dysfunctional manifestation.


Fitting somehow.


redpill's picture

Hello, sir.  My dame id.... Bob.....Thomas.  Plead go to de back of de line and retart your computer.