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article image'Doreen's Story' of lazy cow syndrome goes viral

By Katerina Nikolas     Feb 12, 2012 in Entertainment
The tragic story of Doreen has become an Internet sensation, with almost half a million hits. Her story highlights the growing phenomenon of "lazy cow syndrome."
Doreen gets exhausted just opening the envelope containing her benefit cheque.
Fighting back tears, single parent Doreen, who receives a boost to her benefit income by the addition of grandchilden, and the odd spot of shop-lifting, explains her situation. She says
“I went to the doctors and he sent me to the specialist and he spotted it and I shall never forget his words. He says it’s confirmed. I’m a lazy cow. My mother had it, and there’s a good chance I shall pass it on to my kids. 'Cos it’s genetic."
The short film is in fact a mockumentary made by filmmaker David Tristram, perfectly satirising the culture of benefits which has resulted in such an uproar in the U.K. over recent weeks, as the government attempted to introduce legislation to prevent those on benefits from claiming more than the average annual wage of £26,000, only to have the move scuppered by the House of Lords.
According to the Stourbridge News, Tristram said the film was not intended to be a political statement. He accounts for its mammoth success by saying “It seems to have captured people’s imagination; everyone seems to know a Doreen somewhere."
Your Gadget Guide reported "many viewers say it is does accurately reflect some of the benefits abuse taking place in the UK today."
Actress Gill Jordan from Walsall, West Midlands, plays the role of Doreen, and has been pleasantly surprised by her burst to fame.
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