I was working in a shop in the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre today when a young lad, 15-16 came in and handed me a piece of paper and asked me to sign it. I had a quick scan over it and it was a social welfare form stating that he had applied for a job.
I thought about it for a moment or two and told him that I wouldn't sign it as he hadn't applied for a job. He was genuinely taken back and in a surprised manner asked me would I not sign it. I told him I would when he came back to me with a CV. Again he asked me would I sign it and I told him I would when he came back to me with a CV. He muttered something under his breath and walked away. Needless to say I didn't see him again and I don't think I will.
What really bothered me though was that he had one signature on the form already from another shop in the centre.
So guys, was I too hash on him, should I just have signed it? He's possibly just left school after completing the Junior Cert (can you still leave that young?). Should I have given him a break?
I think I was right in my actions. He hadn't applied for a job and isn't the Social Welfare there to help you up on your feet after you've already been working?