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What do you do for a living?

Postby squamatus » Thu May 01, 2008 12:52 pm

Every time I go for motor insurance, they ask what I do for a living. I always struggle to find something on the standard list of recognised occupations which actually describes what I do. I make everything from shoes and leather goods, through to furniture. Does anyone else have this problem?


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Postby Jim » Thu May 01, 2008 2:18 pm

Can't you select Clothing Industry or just Goods Manufacture? Or even Retail?


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Postby Dave B » Thu May 01, 2008 2:23 pm

Unfortunately if you are self employed, or have an unusual job, your insurance will be worse.

One of our group used to have a pub. He always put his occupation down as 'Cleaning supervisor' on the basis that the first thing he did in his working day was have a coffee and a ciggy whilst watching the cleaner clean the pub.

Perhaps 'craftsman' would be sufficiently vague?


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Postby lucy the tudor » Thu May 01, 2008 2:23 pm

Massively so, i have had to send a list of what i do before I can formally accept the description of my employment on the schedule. They still weren't really happy.
They just don't like us not fitting into boxes.
Now try insuring a minibus which originally had sixteen seats, and now has six, to work as a van- ie carry stock- but not have a van number of seats, ie max five. they want van or bus, not both.They get really upset.
Now I also find I can't go to any council tip in Lancashire with household and garden rubbish in my bus, as it has three axles. I have to pretend i live in Merseyside, or am taking rubbish for my parents who do, then carry it 100 yds uphill because I can't get the bus under the height restriction bars at the nearest Sefton tip.
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Postby squamatus » Thu May 01, 2008 4:06 pm

"Craftsman" is usually not on the list. "Shoe Repairer" is, but not "Shoe Maker"! Have a go on one of these price comparison websites and you'll see the choices... :roll:

I suppose it's down to the fact that the UK prefers to import from China & the Far East rather than actually make anything nowadays


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Postby Jim » Thu May 01, 2008 4:42 pm

squamatus wrote:... the UK prefers to import from China & the Far East rather than actually make anything nowadays


Ah, just wait for the price of fuel to go up enough, then local manufacture will resurge.


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Postby Neibelungen » Thu May 01, 2008 4:58 pm

I'm an accoutrement and regalia manufacturer.

To begin with most of them don't even know that the two terms mean in the first place and then havn't got the faintest idea how to clasify it.

Fortunately they often ask what the cheif income earner's occupation is , and as my brother is an accountant it makes life a lot easier.

All said an done though, I end up mostly as a jeweller, although I've never actually made jewellery as such for the last 15 years, but it is the closest they can explain.



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Postby The Iron Dwarf » Thu May 01, 2008 8:11 pm

got stopped once at a traffic census in norwich and was driving a 6 wheeled car ( a hustler 6 designed by william towns ) they asked where I had come from and due to the military nature of the place I had to say I could not tell them, where I was going was the same, and as my job involved using birds of prey to prevent planes crashing due to birdstrikes they had no box for that job.
the guy thrown the form on the floor and told me to go away ;)


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Postby davetmoneyer » Fri May 02, 2008 6:38 am

Hi when stopped on a routine stop and harrass in London early on a Sunday AM on way to a show at Grenwich I was asked by pimply yoof
'What do you do for a living?'
Reply
'I make money!'
yoof ' no what do you do to make money?'
Reply
'I make money!'
yoof ' no what do you do to pay the bills?'
Reply
'I make money!'
ETc ETC
this continued until the sergent who had the communal brain cell asked to look in the van and all was revealed
I actually got a booking for a show from them for a police charity gig at Southwark

For insurers etc I use the term light engineering this attracts a lower premium than Professional re-enactor, Jeweller or entertainer
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Postby Lord High Everything Esle » Fri May 02, 2008 1:09 pm

davetmoneyer wrote:Hi when stopped on a routine stop and harrass in London early on a Sunday AM on way to a show at Grenwich I was asked by pimply yoof
'What do you do for a living?'
Reply
'I make money!'
yoof ' no what do you do to make money?'
Reply
'I make money!'
yoof ' no what do you do to pay the bills?'
Reply
'I make money!'
ETc ETC
this continued until the sergent who had the communal brain cell asked to look in the van and all was revealed
I actually got a booking for a show from them for a police charity gig at Southwark


In a similar vein

PC "What have you got in your van"

Answer, "Boxes"

puzzled PC "But what's in the boxes",

Answer, "Boxes"

Nevertheless, I was overloaded and had to cough up the fine.


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Postby Tuppence » Fri May 09, 2008 11:53 am

Oh yes.

If it's something specifically just about me (I'm a costumer) I generally end up ticking the 'retail' box, or occasionally the 'manufacturing' box (depends on my mood - sometimes they have an 'other' box, which is handy.

For household stuff they ask about the main income, which at the moment is Nige - makes it all so much simpler having a job they've heard of!


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Postby Polly » Fri May 09, 2008 12:26 pm

On a slightly different tone try finding insurance for a van when you are a secretary. They assume you must be doing the booze and ciggy crossings. Fortunately other reenactors pointed me to the right company.



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Postby House of De Clifford » Sun May 11, 2008 9:27 pm

OMG how true!!! imagine what they said when we explain!!!!

We have been stopped at customs going to european shows, they open up the back of the van after we have explained, see that we are packed to the roof, mainly with sheepskin blankets these days, scratch their heads, then tell us to just go! They cannot be bothered to unload the van!!!!
Boringly, i say I'm a market trader, if they ask what i sell i say sheepskins!!!!!

sweets were alot easier to explain..............hrmph.

Oh well in three weeks time i'll be a dog groomer, here's one i did earlier

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Postby House of De Clifford » Sun May 11, 2008 9:30 pm

ooh forgot... this is George before i got hold of him!!!

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Postby lucy the tudor » Sun May 11, 2008 9:49 pm

Nah that's just doggy bondage...
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he looks like he enjoys it though...
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Postby Mark GRaves » Mon May 12, 2008 9:21 am

Following on from Mr LH Everything-else's observations:

while returning to the UK from Belgium:

Dover customs officer: "what's in the (white) van?"
"Medieval encampment"
"no, seriously, what's in the van"
"medieval encampment".
"look, I can make you unload everything in it"
"where would you like your medieval encamopment set up"
"go way!"

Van proceeds without further interruption.

Customs officer was observered by car behind to be then sniggering uncontrollably (including at passport photos - I though they weren't supposed to do that!).


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Postby squamatus » Mon May 12, 2008 10:49 am

Customs Officials: One asked me last year at Portsmouth whether I had any knives or weapons in my luggage. Luckily he didn't notice me pause to think about the question before answering! (I wasn't on a re-enactment trip.)


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Postby gregory23b » Thu May 15, 2008 7:56 pm

Customs at Harwich, we were on our way to Archeon, I had a bulbous metal thing in a bag, man at scanner asks 'what is that?' I say a medieval helmet, he simply shrugged, grunted and let it pass.

Years ago whilst returning from France, I had mistakenly left a stanley knife in my hand luggage, needless to say French customs asked what it was for, I described for cutting leather, he looked at me and my mates in our kit and in a gallic manner, shrugged like his British counterpart and handed it back to me.


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Postby busy mole » Fri May 16, 2008 3:32 pm

Coming back from Pontoise in April, they scanned our passports, and it must have flagged up that we'd been over in the van before Christmas for a festive stock up, and they asked us why we'd come over, when we arrived etc. WE said historic market etc, they asked us how we knew about it, what we sold, then gave up and let us go. For an awful moment I thought we were going to have to empty and re-pack the van! They'd have been there a while!!!!!


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Postby Mad Monk of Mitcham » Fri May 16, 2008 4:42 pm

Went through "goods to declare" at Heathrow after a trip to Sumatra to avoid being pulled over, because I had a 8 ft long tube - explained it was a blowpipe, they x-rayed it and let me through.

When I had put it on the plane, I had to unwrap it and explain about 5 times what it was - not easy when people don't speak English very well.

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Postby Sigurd-Luke » Sat May 17, 2008 5:17 pm

Amazed you got it through, as a blowpipe is categorized as an offensive weapon under the 1988 Criminal Justice Act!!! :roll:



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Good to see someone actually appears to have read the act!




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