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Tuesday (Not) Humor... Jackpot In Italian Lottery: Supermarket Job

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With the Italian economy in its fourth recession in the last ten years and unemployment soaring, a supermarket has come up with a novel way of hiring. According to Germany's Mittelstands Nachrichten, customers who spend over EUR30 will receive a lottery ticket and the grand prize winners will be given "temporary part-time assistant jobs" at the supermarket. We are not really sure where to go with this - but somewhere in this odd arrangement is a sad reflection of the European society's deterioration...



Via Deutsche-Mittelstands-Nachrichten,

For the unemployed in Italy, new possibilities, to get a job. A supermarket chain is giving away jobs to their customers. The premise: you have to buy for more than 30 euros, then you get a lottery ticket, which entitled to participate in the Sweepstakes. Winners of the lottery, a temporary job part time job as an assistant waiting in the supermarket.


"Our contest is open to people of all ages and backgrounds," said Alessandra Aloisi, HR Manager of Gruppo BSE, Bloomberg. The chain of one-time supermarkets in Rome sells lottery tickets, which are very well received by customers. "Some participants are even question whether the profits they may possibly pass on to a friend or relative," Aloisi Sun


The economy in Italy is in its fourth recession in the last ten years. Unemployment has risen as a result of over eleven percent, which corresponds to the highest level in 13 years. A report by the OECD, will this trend continue. Mario Monti, the government has to take while a steel plant, the 25,000 jobs came as a result of an environmental scandal in danger.


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Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:14 | 3033165 TruthInSunshine
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Edited b/c there's genuinely nothing funny about the mess that is.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:14 | 3033203 kaiserhoff
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This business of books, makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.

                                                                 John Steinbeck



Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:37 | 3033268 redpill
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I'd play the ponies before I'd play the stock market these days, that's for damn sure.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:42 | 3033282 Doña K
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That's an old Cicilian trick. That's why in the US you are not allowed to have a lottery in which you have to buy something for participation.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 16:09 | 3033353 redpill
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Unless it's state-sponsored, of course.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 16:55 | 3033493 Raymond K Hessel
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The significance of the job being a temporary part-time job is important to Italian labor law.  It means something different than it does here.  

It's more of a benefit status meaning the employee can be fired at will. Permanent jobs in Italy are viewed similarly as tenured jobs in the US.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 19:20 | 3033810 TwoShortPlanks
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The [REAL] Hunger Games.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:56 | 3033307 NuYawkFrankie
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Horses have always been a STABLE business....

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 16:05 | 3033347 akak
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Please rein in your galloping puns.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 19:23 | 3033820 TwoShortPlanks
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Neigh, we will not!

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 19:27 | 3033833 akak
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OK, you can stop beating that dead horse now.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:05 | 3033168 molecool
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It's really sad to witness the systematic erosion of what once was a great place to live and raise a family. No more.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:12 | 3033196 TruthInSunshine
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We really haven't seen anything close to the bottom, which is the sad part.

The structure of the global economy has truly been decimated, and even if the Krugmans of the world get their way, that can't be rebuilt quickly or by anything other than real effort & and productivity, which the Krugman Reconstruction Plan does not incorporate in any part or portion (Krugman's plan essentially equals doing all the wrong things that got us to this point, but on an accelerated basis and is much larger terms).

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:14 | 3033204 john39
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remove the parasites and good people would start putting the world right immediatly.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:23 | 3033231 cougar_w
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Wishing that were true. Sadly, new parasites would arise almost immediately.

This is a systemic problem. Nobody alive today can be trusted. We need seven generations of wandering in the desert of monetary destruction before we will have purged our racial memory of the lust for personal gain at any price.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:21 | 3033224 Ookspay
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The top ten best places to be born in 2013:

1. Switzerland
2. Australia
3. Norway
4. Sweden
5. Denmark
6. Singapore
7. New Zealand
8. Netherlands
9. Canada
10. Hong Kong

The US is 16, sweet...

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:25 | 3033241 cougar_w
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With Australia 2nd on the list, I can tell the list is drawn from thin stuff.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:43 | 3033285 kaiserhoff
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Don't know much about down undah, but I like the gulls;)

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 19:33 | 3033827 TwoShortPlanks
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Tue, 12/04/2012 - 19:40 | 3033829 TwoShortPlanks
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RBA cut rates again yesterday...EJECT-EJECT-EJECT!!

Remember my post: "The fucktard economy and fucktard currency are now inbreeding a fucktard treasury bond...These financial and economic tards are racing to the bottom of the economic gene pool, where we'll drown under an ocean of Derivatards". We are all tied to these inbred fucktard measures of accountng, because everything we own (with a few exceptions) relate directly to them.

The end solution WILL be Gold ("Gold = Economical and Financial Eugenics") convenient for those who have planned and swindled physical from within the Central banking system to end up with more than 75% of the worlds above ground supply. Once mines are nationalized, NO private citizen will be able to buy physical; you'll only be able to rent paper supported by more rented paper, supported by even more rented paper, which is then supported by Gold.

3 degress of separation Bitchez!

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 18:15 | 3033686 zerozulu
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Australia will be 17th soon if keeps on pocking her finger in the world affairs.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 19:42 | 3033869 TwoShortPlanks
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That fucking Tuna Boat MUST GO!

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:28 | 3033246 Karlus
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I know your list is bogus if Australia is #2 and NZ is #7. Who wrote this thing?

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:35 | 3033260 Looney
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Flight of the Conchords?  ;-)


Tue, 12/04/2012 - 19:53 | 3033894 Catflappo
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11.  Burkino Faso

12.  Ethopia

13.  Iraq

14.  Somalia

15.  Cambodia

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:36 | 3033266 Dapper Dan
Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:39 | 3033273 redpill
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That's like a Sunday afternoon in Detroit.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:47 | 3033299 resurger
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the blade is the weapon of choice

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:34 | 3033259 earnyermoney
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Bogus. Iceland should be #1

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 20:09 | 3033943 jumbo maverick
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Problem is it costs a ton to bring everything in. I don't know much about Iceland other than they have the most rational people on the planet after how they handled their economic problems.
If I had any large amount of money at all to invest I would look into setting up a brewery and distillery on the island. I think it would do quite well there.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:39 | 3033276 Hobbleknee
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What's the source of this bullshit?  Swedes and Danes are the most depressing people on earth.  And why is being born into slavery a good thing?  If 70% of your income is taxed, you are a slave.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 17:11 | 3033533 EvlTheCat
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When everyone works for the state they will argue they are not slaves.  They will burden their neighbors with their unemployed so they can say the system is working like it should.  And if someone wants to earn more, without being taxed more, they expatriate themselves and sing the virtues of the state which they have left.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 16:26 | 3033399 Ookspay
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I know this list is accurate, it's all over the news today, even huffpo! <sarc>

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:05 | 3033169 Yellowhoard
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Third place will get syphilis instead of AIDS!

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:06 | 3033173 q99x2
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Looks like the message of record gold coin sales has reached the squid. Gold down to 1 month lows today.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:19 | 3033221 Quinvarius
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Someone has to sell or no one would.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:34 | 3033258 HungryPorkChop
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Yippee, more paper!  GATA recently noted the squid controls TWICE the amount of silver than the Hunt Brothers did at the time they were considered to have cornered the market. 

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 16:10 | 3033358 NotApplicable
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Yeah but the Hunt Bros. were living, breathing, carbon-based entities.

The Squid has no such weaknesses to leverage.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:06 | 3033177 realtick
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Have I Mentioned Lately Turd Ferguson Is A Total Fool?

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:11 | 3033194 fonzannoon
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Turd may be a fool but I read that stupid chartist site last night explaining that "when congress gets it's fiscal house in order....."

glass houses....

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:13 | 3033202 Lost Wages
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He caters to a cliquish horde of derpity derp rednecks. Sad when people looking for alternative news find a source just as clueless and manipulated as the MSM.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 16:14 | 3033361 NotApplicable
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For someone who utilizes the exact same psudeo-science (charting a rigged casino), well, that's saying something!

Dayum, I was at least expecting an alternative...

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:06 | 3033179 Lost Wages
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In Italian Lottery, Powerball wins you!

Wed, 12/05/2012 - 04:53 | 3034925 cynicalskeptic
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I thought you played the Lottery soi you would NOT have to work........

It's really a reverse wealth re-distribution system whereby the government gets back some of the money they pay out to poor people.  Clueless and lacking any concept of statistical odds ('dream booiks' and such are SO much more reliable after all) the poor spend a hugely disproportionate part of their 'disposable' income on Lottery tickets - gifing back to government opart of the aid they receive.  Sadly, many working poor spend their hard earned money on such dreams as well.   The irony is tht the old illegal 'numbers' paid better odds.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:09 | 3033183 earnyermoney
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Hey, I know that dude. Saw him at Whole Foods in Raleigh. I never knew the North Carolina Education Lottery was giving H1 visas to highly skilled unemployed Italian butchers.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:10 | 3033185 slaughterer
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OT: NFLX up 10% WTF? On Playstation 3 news?  WTF?

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:18 | 3033218 WillyGroper
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deal w/ disney

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:45 | 3033293 TruthInSunshine
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So I can finally say that NFLX is up on Unicorns & Rainbows and have it literally construed?

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:10 | 3033189 Duke of Con Dao
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from the Annals of Beating the Big Boys:


I only post this because YouTube flagged me for a copyright strike at the request of the right's holder. 

I made a 'Fair Use' argument and apparently won... so they retored it in all of its 10 second glory. 

YouTube - Marla Singer to Tyler Durden - "My God! I haven't been F%!#'d like that since grade school!

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:15 | 3033207 Schmuck Raker
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This is so weird it's practically Japanese.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:16 | 3033210 catacl1sm
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temporary part-time assistant jobs for everybody!! WHEEEEE!

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 16:14 | 3033362 Crabshacker
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ohh noo no nooo...not evey one.. just one lucky smuck

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:17 | 3033212 savrx
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The alliteration may be the best part about this story.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:18 | 3033214 slaughterer
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OT: OMG.  WTF with NFLX going to $86 on this stupid Disney deal that will cost NFLX billions of $$$.  = losses.  The short squeeze lives on.  

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:19 | 3033222 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Jesus fucking Christ

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:21 | 3033228 orangegeek
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Wait until the unions find out.  They'll be on strike for sure, just like Hostess.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:25 | 3033240 slaughterer
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OT: gold < $1700 = STRONG BUY.  I bought.  

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 17:00 | 3033505 fonzannoon
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Eagles? Maples?


Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:25 | 3033242 Vendetta
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"sad reflection of the European society's deterioration..."  As monetary system deteriorates thru fraud and corruption, society disintegrates as well    just saying and the following quote does not just apply to communist governments it applies to all governments

There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose." -Lenin

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:32 | 3033253 FubarNation
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Attention: Clean up aisle 6.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:40 | 3033277 Rearranging Dec...
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Funny cause it doesn't seem like people in the U.S. are all that desperate to work. In my multi time a day dog walks ( basically when I need a break from work at home drudgery) I always notice lots and lots of recyclables at $.05 and $.10 a pop lying all around my well to do neighborhood. Surprised no one on food stamps and unemployment wants an extra $300 a month in non traceable "under the table" income. Not sure anyone in this country would buy a lottery ticket for a job anymore.

Still plenty of homeless people about. And I do occasionally see enterprising people collecting recyclables. But things aren't that desperate yet. I'll let you know if I see any changes in my bottles and cans index. LOL

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 18:24 | 3033702 americanspirit
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Very interesting observation Rearranging. I've noticed that in the US almost nobody will bother picking up a penny lying on the sidewalk or parking lot. A nickle - a few more will take the trouble, but not that many. A dime - not yet 50% but close. A quarter - now we're above 50%.

Try it. It's a lot of fun. Just toss down the selected coin when nobody's looking and stand back and observe. (Kids don't count)

Wed, 12/05/2012 - 05:04 | 3034928 cynicalskeptic
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Reallistically, the penny of my youth (1950's) would buy you a couple of pieces of Bubble gum and a dime would get you a candy bar.   Today a penny is useless and a candy bar is usually a dollar or more.  For many people the 'cost' of bending down and picking a coin up is more than the coin is worth.

On the other hand you've got plenty of people rummaging through trash cans for 5 cent deposit cans and bottles - and competition on recycling day is pretty fierce with guys out before dawn checking curbside leavings in the better neighborhoods.  (They're more than willing to put in the time and effort needed to redeem the cans and bottles - mopre than a few people don't want to be 'bothered' while others bag and segregae deposit items knowiong that someone will pick them up before the truck comes by, a form of 'charity' I suppose).

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:42 | 3033281 Bam_Man
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"The Italian Job"

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:43 | 3033283 Super Broccoli
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The picture being an obvious fake kinda spoil all the credibility of this article ...

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 16:27 | 3033404 Poetic injustice
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Article is correct, I read it week ago in couple of other news sites.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 16:18 | 3033298 NuYawkFrankie
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2003: The Italian Job  - starring Michael Caine

2012: The Italian (SuperMarket) Job - starring Jeff Farrington

          TBA: The Italian (Blow) Job - starring Silvio Berlusconi

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:50 | 3033312 pragmatic hobo
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true or not, the Europe still has a long way to go before catching up with the master, the USA.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:58 | 3033333 forwardho
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To those who say X must occur, then it will get better. "It" will never be the same. The miracle that has been  world growth for the last fifty years is over.

There will never be the same vast amounts of cheap energy to power it.

There will never be the endless teeming multitudes of cheap labor to build it.

There will never be the same available raw materials to create from, they have been used.

We are living during a paradigm change, this is not the same world that existed 50 years ago. If one assumes the economy will flip back in time, consult the theory of relativity.

When the fantasy that is our "world" is seen to be just that by enough people, the shift will rapidly occur

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 16:21 | 3033381 Peter K
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The new normal:)

Bring on the Golden Dawn and get on with it, I say :)

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 16:56 | 3033384 bobthehorse
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We laugh at Berananke's man tits.

But this type of stuff always leads to war.

The world's been in a depression for five years.  I'll give it another five before the shit hits the fan.

Like Kubla Kahn in the famous poem, I can hear the drums of war.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 16:56 | 3033494 shovelhead
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Oil priced in gold (real money) is actually cheaper than it was in 1960.

Priced in funny money is not a price relative to anything but inflation.

The reason that we'll never see the 50's again is that the American pie of manufacturing supremacy has been cut in pieces and exported.

Earning money by exports has given way to theft by financial instruments.

Financial theft is not a viable long term alternative because eventually the suckers will catch on and quit buying.

You may be right but for the wrong reasons.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 20:38 | 3033629 Wakanda
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At least in the supermarket job you get first pick of the culled veggies and any slightly damaged packages.  My friend that worked produce came home with all sorts of good stuff.  Every once in a while they would clean out the lobster tank and we'd FeaST!

Besides your paycheck you can come home with food for the family.  It's not glamorous, but it beats starving.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 17:56 | 3033648 Cathartes Aura
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I remember hearing of an Argentina "reality" show where folks told their sad stories, to be voted on by the audience, and the winner got a "job" - you know that's coming, give it a few months into the "new" fiscal year. . .

there will be blood.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 18:42 | 3033741 Aurora Ex Machina
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The Lottery (1969)


Famous piece of American Literature.

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 19:04 | 3033783 AldoHux_IV
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Anyone with some semblance of self-awareness and a minimal respect for others look at the marvels of dystopian novels as a warning while the state emulates the dystopia. 

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 19:21 | 3033814 GFORCE
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There's a job going at Rochdale Securities!

Wed, 12/05/2012 - 01:13 | 3034809 Telemakhos
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The story is legit, although the Germans got the name of the store wrong.  The chain is called Oneprice, not One-Time.  The store has a web page for the competition.</a>  They're giving away twelve jobs at 24 hours per week for 4 months; grand total is €55K, which works out to around 12€/hour per worker.

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