The State of Michigan Tried to Give This Man's Dog Unemployment Benefits. Yes, Really...
We've seen plenty of government mishaps over the last few years (see Nevada Declares State of Emergency for Running Low on Weed). Here's another lovely state booboo to add to the list. The state of Michigan recently tried shoveling unemployment benefits to a dog. As in a creature of canine descent. A lawn decorator. Cat chaser. Frisbee fetcher. Sniffer of butts. You see where I'm going with this.
Michael Haddock, an attorney in Saugatuck, says he received a letter from the State of Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. It’s addressed to Michael Ryder.
Ryder is his dog. "I got a letter from the UIA on Saturday, my name is Michael, my dog is Ryder. I was surprised to see it, but I had a good laugh, actually," he said.
According to the documentation, Ryder was fired from a restaurant. Perhaps wrongfully. Discriminated against by some cat people who exercised their human privilege. It's appalling, really.
Haddock posted the picture on Facebook this past weekend, after he got the notification. In it, he said his dog qualifies for $360 dollars every week. “Not sure what he is going to do with the money, but it should be interesting. I knew he was clever, but he surprised me this time.”
The dog is clever. Cleverer than, dare I say it, the state of Michigan. Who easily fell victim to this fraud. The issue has been corrected now, obviously, but the fact that such a silly mix up could happen in the first place is a tad worrisome. Especially considering the government wants to control even more of our money. No thanks. I'd rather just hand my taxes over to Ryder and his pack of unemployed pups. Don't spend it all on one chew toy, boys.
The next time a tax-loving socialist insists we should entrust more tax dollars in government hands, refer them to this story. And a decent psychiatrist.