Even though it happened at the last Ryder Cup in Wales and is a regular occurrence in the States, Scottish government officials are barking about the cost to volunteer for the 2014 Ryder Cup and the silliness of volunteers paying to volunteer for an event that is a cash cow.
Brian Donnelly on the overdue brouhaha.
Stephen Boyd, STUC, assistant secretary, said the plan was not spreading the potentially huge economic benefits throughout the population.
He added: "When I heard the news, I couldn't quite believe what I was hearing.
"You would have thought this was a good chance to give young people a bit of work, especially given the economic climate. Clearly these jobs are open to middle-class people who are interested in golf and have the money to spend on the registration fee.
"It's really quite unacceptable, and no-doubt against the vision of what the Scottish Government had for this event."