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A mum was left seriously red faced after telling a Department for Work and Pensions advisor that she had been 'forced into prostitution' due to an autocorrect blunder.
Steph Harper, 30, from Gloucester had meant to write, 'a position' but her phone had other ideas!
Steph quickly wrote the message regarding her Universal Credit last year as the pandemic started, as she was concerned about juggling work and looking after her seven-year-old son.
Steph accidentally said she was 'forced into a prostitution' as she was now 'unable to continue her work' as a children's party and entertainment co-ordinator.
The message read: "Good afternoon. With the school my son attends being closed now for the foreseeable future due to the Coronavirus outbreak, and with no childcare options available to me.
"I am forced into a prostitution where I am now unable to continue my work from effect of Monday 23rd March 2020."
Minutes later and the red faced mum realised her error, and quickly put together a response apologising and assuring the DWP she had not been forced into sex work.
"It was a really stressful time for everybody. I was just worried about paying my rent and bills. I sent them a message in the journal asking about my Universal Credit payment and that's when the auto correct happened," said Steph.
"I was writing on my phone, don't know how it corrected 'position' to that, I was mortified when I saw what it had changed it to.
"I accidentally told Universal Credit I was a prostitute. When I pressed send I thought 'I should re-read this back' and thank goodness that I did.
"I remember thinking 'oh my god if they read that they're going to think I'm admitting to being a prostitute' which was definitely not the case."
A DWP advisor responded to Steph's message explaining they were initially very concerned.
They wrote: "Good Afternoon Stephanie. I was very concerned when I read your first message, so glad to see it was just an auto correct mistake!"
"When I read the DWP's reply I just laughed out loud, and I thought 'well at least you were concerned about it'," said Steph.
We can't stop laughing at this!
The DWP declined to comment on the matter.
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