This may be the most blunt “Help wanted” ad of all time.
A business owner has offended some Pasadena, Texas, residents after hanging up a large banner on his property that reads: “Now hiring non-stupid people.”
Walter Parsons, owner of Pets Gone Wild Resort, bought the eye-catching sign after growing frustrated at some of the workers whom he had previously employed.
“We’re trying to weed out the people that do come in. We hired one last week that lasted three days,” Parsons told told KHOU 11.
While the unconventional tactic seems to have worked for Parsons, some locals have taken offense at the unconventional signage.
“What does it say to prior employees? ‘Oh, we think you’re stupid so we’re trying to hire somebody that we think is smarter than you’?” a Pasadena resident named Taylor told KHOU 11.
“The fact that they felt so emboldened to put something up there like that, it’s disgusting, it’s distasteful and it’s unprofessional,” Taylor said.
Despite the criticism, Parsons said that within 24 hours of putting up the terse banner, he found three applicants.
The pet daycare owner said previous staff were unmotivated, often paying closer attention to their cellphones than the pets they were being paid to look after.
“Repeatedly, ‘Get off your cellphone, you’ve got dogs to watch.’ ‘OK, put the cellphone up, go back out there.’ Twenty minutes later, she’s back on her cellphone,” Parsons said. “At least be as smart as I am.”
According to the business owner, it’s always been about finding the best possible employees.
“Come through here and take a tour and take a look at the responsibility that we have. Would you put your child somewhere that wasn’t dedicated, that didn’t have smart people in it?” Parsons said.
Parsons said he expected to take the sign down soon, seeing as it brought them better luck finding quality employees.