A local man was shocked today after being approached to do an interview about losing child benefit if you're well off and don't need it. After repeatedly pointing out that he wasn't a woman the interviewer said that it was ok because children have both a mother and a father so either one would do.
The man, still reeling from the request, said he could phone the wife and ask her to do the interview as she was the mother and it's unnatural to ask a father for his views. There was further confusion when the interviewer pointed out that it does actually affect them both equally.
"I felt a bit uncomfortable to be honest. The wife does everything to do with the kids and I'm the man so child benefits don't really affect me. They only affect the mother. They don't affect my kids as they are too young to understand," he said.