Increasing numbers of Britain's older unemployed job seekers are saying they're afraid to visit job centres to sign on each fortnight because younger unemployed people there stare at them menacingly and seem to think the older job seekers are taking away jobs the younger generation would otherwise be doing.
They say the menacing stares increased greatly following the government's decision to start forcing unemployed men and women to continue to seek work and sign on every fortnight after turning sixty years of age.
With each and every passing month bringing more over 60's job seekers through the doors it seems our job centres are now so inundated with elderly job seekers that younger unemployed people view them as being a further, and what's more unnecessary obstacle in the way of finding work themselves.
One nineteen year old job seeker we spoke to who asked only to be referred to as Joe admitted he and his friends felt angry at seeing so many older people being sent after jobs he and his friends could do.
'What chance have we got against all these over 60's who have so many years of experience to offer?" he asks.
Eighteen year old Jenny, also unemployed, complains 'It's becoming so hard for me to even get to the job search machines. The older people bless 'em are on them for hours on end and many of them keep pressing the wrong buttons because they have difficulty in understanding the modern technology bless 'em '.
Arthur, Pete, Jim, and Albert - all recently turned sixty and unemployed - say they will only visit their job centre now as a foursome after Jim had a young man wearing a hood follow him for several hundred yards from the job centre after signing on a few weeks ago.
Jim admitted to being afraid to sign on and claimed, 'This is all making my nerves bad. I've already had one heart attack and if all this stress brings on another I don't think I'll survive it again. I sometimes think that's what this government wants. But that Ian Duncan-Smith says we have to go after the same jobs these youngsters could do or else we don't get any money'.
Rolling a thin cigarette and then placing it on the top of his right ear 'for later' Pete explained, 'We're not as young as we used to be, and not as strong. If any of these strong young lads take a pop at us we ain't gonna stand a chance. My knees give me gyp these days something rotten, Arthur's hip is on the way out, and Albert doesn't know what day of the week it is most of the time since his doctor put him on some pills - but the government doctors say we're all capable of doing some sort of work that the youngsters could do so we have to go after them'.
Pushing his way to the front Albert then claimed, 'Oh, I know what day of the week it is alright, so don't you go worrying yourself about that. Today is Tuesday.' He then went on to say that he believes the real reason behind the governments decision to force the unemployed over 60's to continue to sign on and seek work is because they want to make it as hard as they can for young people to get the work experience they so desperately need.
Footnote: The day when I spoke with Albert was a Wednesday!