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Sven the Diesel Fitter
Sven and Ole worked together and both were laid off, so off they
went to the unemployment office. Asked
his occupation, Ole said, “Panty stitcher.
I sew the elastic onto cotton panties.”
The clerk looked up panty stitcher.
Finding it classed as unskilled labor, she gave him $300 a week
Sven was asked his occupation.
“Diesel fitter,” he replied.
Since diesel fitter was a skilled job, the clerk gave Sven $600 a
When Ole found out, he was furious.
He stormed back in to the office to find out why his friend and
co-worker was collecting double his pay.
The clerk explained: Panty
stitchers were unskilled and diesel fitters were skilled labor.
“What skill?” yelled Ole.
“I sew the elastic on the panties, Sven pulls them down on his
head and says, ‘Yah, diesel fitter.’”
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