People have taken to Twitter to add to the Department for Work and Pensions' bank of fabricated stories in the brilliant #fakeDWPstories hashtag.
The trending tag comes hot off the back of the news that the DWP were forced to edit and re-issue a leaflet after being caught fabricating testimonials from fake benefit claimants praising the Government's welfare crackdown.
Twitter user, Martin McKee, asked: "Can satire succeed where parliamentary accountability and media scrutiny have failed?"
Well yes, Martin, we think so...
After my DWP sanction & my mind-bending hunger-induced trance well, my multi-platinum selling album wrote itself really. #fakeDWPstories— Duncan Gill (@duncanhaygill) August 18, 2015
Sanctions & benefit cap made me realise how selfish I've been eating 3 slices of bread a day & expecting State to pay for it #fakeDWPstories— Alex (@Lad87Red) August 18, 2015
'Since the DWP stopped my benefits I've realised that food, like hope, is a luxury I can't afford.' #fakeDWPstories— paulusthewoodgnome (@woodgnomology) August 18, 2015
Being sanctioned meant I couldn't afford a razor so now I'm a hipster who's running a cereal breakfast cafe in Shoreditch #fakeDWPstories— Crispin Mount (@CrispinMount) August 18, 2015
I was sanctioned for being late, so I built a rickshaw from scrap wood & pram wheels & gave rides. Now I own a bus company. #fakeDWPstories— Archduke of Bohemia (@thatguyinprague) August 18, 2015
When the DWP sanctioned me, I was so relieved not to have to decide what to cook for dinner & just ate what I found in bins #FakeDWPStories— Paul Kavanagh (@weegingerdug) August 18, 2015
After I was sanctioned my morale was boosted so much I started my own 3d printing company producing Hovercrafts #fakeDWPstories— Bella Caledonia (@bellacaledonia) August 18, 2015
"Without a letter telling me I have to attend the work programme without fail I would have never come out of my coma" #fakeDWPstories— Jon Swindon (@swindon81) August 18, 2015
The 3 flights of stairs I had to climb for my Atos assessment were the spur I needed to ditch my wheelchair and walk again #fakeDWPstories— Kevin Turvey (@KevinTurveyRIP) August 18, 2015
Sanctions helped me be more adventurous about trying new food. (Now that I have to raid my neighbours bins for scraps) #fakeDWPstories— helene hansen (@helenebells) August 18, 2015
before being sanctioned, I never knew the joys of being a male prostitute in my local public toilets, thank you IDS #fakeDWPstories— George Bernard Shaw (@Melonhead999) August 18, 2015