Sometimes, these conversations happen in taxis:
Driver You going to the clinic?
Driver Got an appointment there?
Passenger No, I work there once a week
Driver Oh yeah? What do you do?
Passenger I give legal advice
Driver What, like health insurance?
Passenger No, social welfare law
Driver What, like benefits and stuff?
Passenger Yeah, stuff like that.
Driver Tell you what, the other day, I picked up this Somali woman from Ikea. She'd just bought a big wardrobe. Massive, it was. Only just got it in the back. I told her it was a fiver extra and charged her fifteen quid. And she was like, "no no, ten pounds, ten pounds!" Anyway, when she paid me, she opened up her purse and she had dozens of fifty-pound notes. Couldn't believe it.
Driver That's all benefits, that is
Passenger How do you know that?
Driver It's obvious isn't it?
Passenger No, not really
Driver They're all on benefits though, aren't they, the Somalis. Especially the women
Passenger Well, most of my Somali clients have jobs. In fact, most of them have more than one job. Especially the women
Driver I don't believe that for a minute, love. Are you one of those liberal, "don't have a go at the immigrants" types?
Passenger I don't really know what I am but I do know that in my experience people on benefits are white and black. It's pretty mixed really.
Driver Nope. Don't believe that for a minute
Passenger Okey dokey