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The Associated Press
N E W Y O R K, Jan. 28 Somewhere, Dionne Warwick knew this would happen.
New York City officials, sensing bad publicity and worse jokes, announced today that they would no longer funnel welfare recipients into jobs with the Psychic Network. The telephone pay service offered clairvoyance at $4.99 a minute.
The decision to pull the plug on the psychic connection came hours after the hiring policy became public knowledge. Since last April, network instructors had taught 15 welfare clients to read tarot cards and offer their callers a peek into the future.
Though HRA believes people should have the freedom to choose their own employment, HRAs Business Link has decided to not include the Psychic Network as one of its participating employers, said a statement from Human Resources Administration Commissioner Jason A. Turner.
This leaves welfare workers applying for employment with a less interesting selection of jobs from a variety of companies: Rite Aid, Madison Square Garden, Macys.
Not quite the psychic gig, eh?
Good Pay, Working Conditions
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