This English Kid Worked For 10 Weeks To Afford Christmas Gifts Before Realizing It Was An Unpaid Internship

This English Kid Worked For 10 Weeks To Afford Christmas Gifts Before Realizing It Was An Unpaid Internship

A 15-year-old English kid just got hosed out of his paycheck after working for a solid two-and-a-half months before realizing that his “job” was actually just an unpaid internship.

Per Yahoo:

Jay El-Leboudy, 15, had been working mornings and evenings in his local Londis for over two months in a bid to save up for gifts for his family.

However, when he came to collect his overdue wages he was told by the boss that he wouldn’t be getting them – as he was on unpaid work experience.

Furious mum Zoe Buckwell said the store’s owners – who were family friends – had arranged an internship with the view of taking him on part time.

I think I can speak for us all when I say this — man, what an idiot. Earth to Jay El-Leboudy! Ever heard of negotiating? Pretty tough to buy gifts for people when you’re just wasting all your time working for free. I mean, come on. Be honest with me, Jay, what were you thinking during every pay period when no one was forking anything over to you? This one’s on you, buddy.

Furthermore, what type of example is his mom Zoe trying to set by being furious with the shop owner? Welcome to the streets, lady. The reason that your kid got put in this position was because of you. I’m guessing you’ve got this kid in some type of secondary school, but you just realized you accidentally enrolled him in the School of Hard Knocks too.

When one of the store owners was asked for comments on what went down, he nailed it.

“I said to her [Jay’s mother] that he’s only 15. The law says he’s not allowed to work and because we sell alcohol, he’s not allowed in lots of areas, but he is allowed to follow people around.”

I bet he said this with a tongue-in-cheek, shit-eating-grin smile on his face too before walking into the back room of the store and letting out a huge, “Bahahaha.”

I’d link to the fundraising page that’s been set up for him since, but I truly don’t think he deserves it.

[via Yahoo]

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Will deFries (Twitter / Instagram) is a Senior Writer at Grandex and the world's foremost authority on Sunday Scaries (Twitter / Instagram). Email me at

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