Marie Buchan, who has eight kids between three and 15, normally works as a mechanic but claims she continuously faced sleazy propositions by men wanting to take advantage of her. Buchan said she was desperate to get work experience and learn from other females in the profession but there aren’t many women working in garages. Buchan expects to have her diploma finished in March, but she refuses to be ripped off and taken advantage of by men.
Marie had first sparked outrage by complaining that she was struggling to survive after her handouts were cut from £26,000 to £20,000 a year. The blonde mom appeared on This Morning to talk about her lifestyle changes, but her plans to work just 16 hours a week to up her benefits to £30,000 infuriated some viewers.
Hmmm…Perfectly capable of working but doesn’t because she gets hit on? Suck it up and go to work, you picked your profession. You can’t “tackle” sexism by not going to work.
The Sun reported:
Speaking to the Daily Star, she said: “A couple of garages approached me after seeing me on TV but as you talk to them more and more you see what they’re after.
“They’re not really after me working there, they’re looking for something more. I think they’re just dirty big perverts.”
She added: “You’ve got women in the police force, in the Army, we have the skills, it’s just that men see us as sex symbols.”
The mum, who survives on work benefits, said men often asked her if she wanted to get a drink, or what else she was interested in outside of working at a garage.
From Birmingham’s Selly Oak, she said she was desperate to get work experience and learn from other females in the profession but there were limited numbers of women in garages.
She said she was now almost finished her diploma, expecting to finish in March, but was determined not to be ripped off by men thinking they could take advantage of her.
She said: “I’m trying so hard. If someone would just give me the opportunity, I would prove them wrong. I know exactly what I’m doing.”
Known as the Octomom, Marie said she was determined to stop sexism in the industry.