‘Demeaning work programme
Lousy work conditions
Practically no benefits whatsoever
And strictly no social life
Please ask at the bar.’
As one person subsequently tweeted, ‘Today’s award for the most honest job ad goes to….”.
But the bar had a huge response to its ad poster, “more than for any other poster adverts” according to the UK trade publication Morning Advertiser.
“We’d run a bog-standard one a few weeks earlier that had got no response,” Five & Lime proprietor Darren Ayres told Closing Time, “I was a bit apprehensive when I put this one up but we’ve had so many people coming into the pub about that ad.
Darren describes the Five and Lime is a small wine bar in the centre of Guildford, Surrey, trading since 1999.
“We’ve noticed, certainly over the last few years, that competition for staff has become more intense and we put that predominantly down to the explosion of coffee shops and restaurants in the town centre,” he explained, “It has meant that we’ve had to ramp-up the message when putting out a job advert.
“That being said we ourselves have been caught off-guard at the response that has been generated by the window advert both locally and further afield. It was clearly meant to be tongue-in-cheek, with a touch of honesty thrown in. And we’re happy that it made people smile.
“The grey area for us now is that as we have advertised the role as such we may be held to task by the job description!
“I forgot to mention the boss. He’s just awful.”