This was the term that Eva Cox of the Women’s Electoral Lobby mentioned (I think tongue in cheek *g*).
In an article here, an employee at a Vodafone shop at Geelong’s Bay City Plaza has told a stay at home mum (SAHM) that she can’t buy a new Blackberry Storm. I should add that this handset is only available through Vodafone stores.
The reason they won’t sell phones to SAHMs?
Staff said they didn’t sell mobile phones to full-time mums.
Staff told Mrs Lyndal Fair that she’d have to get her husband to buy the phone. (Is this 2008 or 1908?) Even better, the computer system had no way to let her buy the phone, even if she is well-off enough to pay for it from her household’s accounts.
Vodafone spokesman Greg Spears yesterday confirmed the no-housewives rule and said getting a man to buy the phone instead was the quickest fix.
The policy was meant to stop people signing up for phones they couldn’t afford and unfortunately didn’t take into account that many stay-at-home mums weren’t short of cash.
“It’s not an ideal situation. We’re trying to fix it,” Mr Spears said.
Not ideal? That’s putting it mildly.
Anyway, it also sounds like Vodafone has no idea who controls the purse in many two-parent households, who works out the budget, who deals with utility companies, who chooses the telco …