a post in the deal breaker thread got me musing. even in these economic times there's a perception by some that anyone unemployed is unemployed because they 'won't work'. i'll start by relating a tale from my most recent fling... when we met he had a good job and a flash car but he lost his job during company lay offs. last in, first out! he lost his car, struggled to pay his mortgage. so, after the previous months of him paying for dates, i insisted on paying for meals & movies. he felt a little uncomfortable but i'm pretty persuasive when i want to be! it took him several months to get a job. nobody was hiring in his field and nobody would hire him for lower paid jobs because he was over qualified. long story short, when the economy picked up he found work and is now earning good money and getting pats on the back from the man at the top. we remain friends. i know that there are people out there who refuse to work and would rather play the system, but not every unemployed person is like that. i can understand not wanting to date someone who is out of work (it's a personal choice and there's nothing wrong with that!) but i think it's both daft and cruel to condemn people for being jobless through no fault of their own. so, yes, i would date a guy who had no job... as long as he was a person who wanted to work. would you?