Anna Broom has been on welfare since she was 19-years-old since she was deemed too overweight to work. In total, she has collected over $149,000 in benefits but says that simply isn’t enough as she now wants taxpayers to pay for a dream wedding costing $15,000. Broom claims that being a bride is a “basic human right” and that she is entitled to a “‘traditional English wedding and party in a castle.”
The Daily Mail reports that Broom, from Kent in Southeast England, is requesting that her “dream wedding” be paid for as a “basic human right.” However, Broom isn’t requesting just any old wedding. Instead, the blushing bride says she wants a traditional English wedding complete with a party in a castle. Her request includes funds for the church ceremony, a designer dress, champagne and even a horse and carriage. In addition to the elaborate wedding, Broom also wants an extra $3,000 to cover a honeymoon in Mexico.
Broom says she is too overweight to work, but that she has a basic human right to be a bride and that means a large traditional wedding. Broom goes on to say that being a bride will increase the prospect of getting a job as it will boost her confidence.
“I deserve a fairy-tale church wedding and a party in a castle – but there’s no way I could afford it on benefits and I can’t work because I’m overweight. I’m stuck in a rut at the moment and can’t find the motivation to lose weight, but if I was getting married I know I’d slim down because all eyes would be on me.”
Anna says that she once held a job in a nursery when she was 16-years-old. However, she was overlooked for a secretarial spot by a “skinny blonde” so she left the position. She claims to have applied for a number of other jobs to no avail. At this point, instead of continuing her job search, Broom began binge-eating on sweets and became too overweight to find work. Since that point she has lived off of government assistance and has not looked for employment. However, she says that could all change if she were to get the dream wedding she desires. She would then have motivation to slim down and could then find a job.
However, many people across the web are not buying into Anna’s assumption that a wedding is a “basic human right” or that she will find motivation to work following the wedding.
What do you think of Anna Broom’s assumption that being a bride is a “basic human right”? Should the government foot the bill for her elaborate wedding in hopes of boosting the woman’s confidence which could lead to her landing a job? Or should Broom use her desire for the elaborate ceremonies as motivation to lose weight in order to find a job to pay for the traditional English wedding of her dreams?
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