An artist has been told by a top court judge that she will never have to work again because "no work is safe for her".Why?
Coralina Cattrell has an allergy to rubber and latex, which she claims means practically every job is out of bounds for her.Oh, really? Are we talking about someone who has had a life-threatening event?
Despite never actually having a severe toxic reaction, she even requested that the Civil Court of Appeal was cleared of elastic bands before her case could be heard.It doesn't say whether they agreed. I bet they did, somehow. Pity that this woman couldn't claim an allergy to reporters, or we might never know about this case.
The Department for Work and Pensions was unhappy with her excuse for claiming incapacity benefit for the rest of her life, pointing out that one in 100 people suffer from the same allergy, amounting to a huge number of people across the rest of the country.It must be hugely frustrating for the decent staff who work there (there will be some), who have to watch these people take the proverbial.
They also don't want the case to set a precedence.(sic)
So I don't begrudge them one penny of the money they wasted on trying to get this overturned:
Jason Coppell, barrister for the DWP, said: 'Her allergy, although inconvenient, has not prevented her from leading a relatively normal life, shopping, socialising, travelling on public transport, and attending tribunal hearings.'Quite.
And not only that, but if she is allowed the license to claim this benefit, she's actually spitting in the faces of all the genuinely-disabled who find there's no money left in the pot for the people that the system is supposed to help...
Mr Coppell argued that Ms Cattrell's condition affected a large number of people and her case was not "exceptional and extreme" enough to allow her to receive the benefit.At this point, were this a legal movie, the prosecution lawyer would whip an elastic band from his pocket, wink conspiratorially at the jury, then slip it down her back unnoticed...
She has never suffered an extreme toxic shock reaction and does not carry a syringe of adrenaline to tackle such an event.
But this is reality. And she won.
Asked what she was most allergic to as she left the court she said: 'London, generally.'I think we can safely say that the only thing she's definitely not allergic to is other people's money.