“File for unemployment … then relax for awhile.” That’s the message from a man who collected 102 consecutive weeks of unemployment. Here’s why.
Because, according to Mr. Franklin Schneider, “… when you start working, you’re essentially trading your leisure time for money.”
Mr. Schneider is a 32-year-old man who’s been fired from 10 jobs in the last decade. He’s also managed to collect unemployment for the impressive stretch of 102 straight weeks by conducting half-hearted job searches that consisted of sending out resumes littered with embarrassing typos and other unique choices such as emoticons.
Schneider’s story received some national exposure thanks to a story by Marc Hartzman of AOL News.
In addition to unemployment, Schneider’s been able to get by on the advance for the book he wrote about his journey: “Canned: How I Lost Ten Jobs in Ten Years and Learned to Love Unemployment.”
Even though Schneider’s unemployment benefits run out this summer, he doesn’t intend to return to the rat race of the working world any time soon.
He encourages other unemployed individuals to enjoy the ride because: “… you paid into the system, and so did your employer (who skimmed that money off your labors). You’re going to spend most of your life toiling away, you might as well enjoy some downtime when you can get it.”
Readers, what do you think of Mr. Schneider’s story: Inspiring or revolting? Let us know in the Comments section.