Job Advert Warning Off Applicants Who 'Oversleep' or 'Have Flat Tires Often' Sparks Fury

A job ad in a store window has sparked controversy on the internet, with many people questioning the employer's abrasive approach to hiring.

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted many people to reassess their priorities when it comes to work and their personal life. Millions opted to quit jobs deemed overly demanding in a development since dubbed The Great Resignation.

But it wasn't just about them being uneasy with their work/life balance. For many, it was a case of feeling like their efforts went unappreciated by their employers.

This feeling is perhaps best reflected in the Reddit subreddit Antiwork, which is littered with examples of the perceived poor treatment meted out by bosses and managers to workers across the U.S.

In some cases, posts are shared that offer a glimpse of the kind of working culture that has prompted many to turn their backs on minimum wage paying roles.

One job advert that's come under the microscope was shared to the platform by Mysterious-Meat-7712 on Tuesday. At the time of writing it had already garnered over 10,000 interactions.

According to an accompanying caption, the "now hiring" advert was allegedly spotted in the window of a local electrical parts store.

It advertises for a full-time role working Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

While the hours are unusual enough, it's the rest that proves most eye-opening, with the employer opting to lay out what he doesn't, rather than does, want from an applicant

It reads: "Please do not apply if you are not available any of these hours, if you oversleep, have court often, do not have a babysitter everyday, have to get rides to work later than our work day begins, experience flat tires every week, have to hold a cell-phone all day, or will become an expert at your job with no need to take advance after the first day."

The advert adds that candidates "must be able to talk and work at the same time. Must also remember to come back to work after lunch. Should not expect gold stars for being on time or learning something new."

Offering a glimpse of the employer's demanding work culture, the posting was never likely to sit well with the online anti-work community, especially as it was for a role paying $8 an hour, just above the $7.25 federal minimum wage.

As one user, posting as zxcoblex, jokingly put it, the advert was essentially saying: "We're not going to pay you s** but expect you to act as if we're paying $100,000/yr."

Evidently inspired by the employer's previous experience with its workforce, the advert elicited little sympathy, with Spirited Island-75 responding aptly: "Minimum wage = minimum effort."

Nerdiotic-pervert agreed, writing: "Asking me to get out of bed for that sh**** amount is a lot to ask, let alone doing a full day of work." Mrbullbutter, meanwhile, commented sarcastically: "8 whole dollars? Gee mister I can almost buy a meal at McDonald's with that."

ReverandLord was especially scathing of the wages being offered."It amazes me that more people don't understand this. Minimum wage means 'I'd pay you less, but it's illegal,'" they wrote. "Any job that pays minimum wage should only get employees who do the bare minimum to not get fired."

Newsweek has contacted Mysterious-Meat-7712 for comment.

According to a report published by the Economic Policy Institute, minimum wage workers are today effectively making 21 percent less than their counterparts did 12 years ago—when the federal government last raised the wage to $7.25.

While half of the U.S. is planning to increase the minimum wage by 2022, many states are still not budging on the matter.

A shop window sign advertising a job.
A file photo of a shop window sign. One advertising a minimum wage job at a local electronics store has sparked a major debate online. ablokhin/Getty