Would-be actor 'too busy keeping fit' to work
A fitness fanatic who packed in his job to devote more time to exercise says he deserves to be subsidised by the taxpayer.
East Londoner Kamran Kam, 25, says he spends four hours a day working out and finds most jobs too dull.
"I've had all sorts of jobs, from admin and customer service work, to kitchen and security placements. The problem was, all the positions were way too boring for me," he tells the Daily Mail.
"Not only that, I wasn't happy about paying taxes that go towards people who are sitting at home all day and making no contribution to society - especially overweight people who spend all their benefits on junk food and cigarettes."
Kam, who lives with his mother and 27-year-old brother, now gets by on £72.50 per week Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), after quitting work last November.
"Why should I have to sacrifice my own fitness levels to help pay for lazy people that sit on their backsides eating all day?" he says.
"What I'm doing with my life is far more of a testament to my country than pen pushing all day in some office job I don't enjoy."
Kam is prepared to work, at the right job - he has hopes of becoming an actor, specialising in martial arts. He's listed on several casting websites, where he says he's trained in boxing, Muay Thai, Karate and Kung Fu.
"I choreograph my fight scenes and do all the stunts; I'm an outstanding martial arts actor and my biggest inspirations are Jean Claude Van Damme and Bruce Lee," he says.
He doesn't list any professional experience - but you never know. It's just possible that the publicity surrounding his statements might bring him to the attention of a casting director.
In the meantime, though, Kam is unlikely to be allowed to live his dream lifestyle with impunity. Under JSA rules, he'll be required to actively look for work or face sanctions.
According to figures from the Department for Work and Pensions, as many as six percent of jobseekers are hit with sanctions in any given month.
Kam could lose his benefits for more than four weeks if he fails to apply for enough jobs, or turns one down. He'll also have to find time in his busy schedule to create a CV, register with the government jobs website and undertake training if required.
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