Friday, December 26, 2008
Men Call All The Shots Down Under
One Australian Stay-at-home mum was more or less told to get a real job when she went to buy a cell phone.
Lyndal Fair, a thirty-six-year-old mother of three, wanted to purchase a mobile phone but Vodafone said No!, they don't sell phones to mums.
In fact, the store employees suggested the little lady should get her husband to purchase the phone under his name for her.
"I couldn't believe it. It was like being back in the '50s," said Mrs. Fair. "Being a mum is a full-time job and it's a very hard job - the hardest job you can have - because if you get it wrong, the ramifications for everyone are enormous," she added.
A Vodafone spokesman confirmed that the policy does not belong to just one store but to the company as a whole, adding that getting a man to purchase the phone was the easiest solution.
The policy is not meant to target mums alone, but anyone the company feels may not be able to afford a phone. "It's not an ideal situation. We're trying to fix it but we ain't too smart," said Greg Spears, the company spokesman.