Shoosh criticised for ‘young and attractive’ job advert

Club criticised for ‘young and attractive’ job advert

Club criticised for ‘young and attractive’ job advert

First published in News by , Business editor

A VIP nightclub has been criticised after advertising for “young”, “attractive” and “flirtatious” staff.

Shooshh, on Kings Road Arches, describes itself as Brighton’s first VIP super club after a £1 million transformation.

But it was criticised after warning jobseekers CVs without photos would not be considered.

After being contacted by The Argus the club said the advert was a “mistake” and has now changed the wording.

The super club boasts celebrity appearances by The Only Way is Essex star Mark Wright and Eastenders hard man Danny Dyer.

It hosts popular and racy nights such as Runray Fridays and Glam Saturdays.

The job ad, posted on Gumtree, sates: “Shooshh is looking for young, intelligent and attractive people to work as Bar Staff and Waitresses in its busy sea front venue for day and night trade. Applicants must be fluent in English, punctual, reliable, sociable, friendly, confident, vocal and flirtatious!”

The ad told applicants: “CVs WITHOUT PHOTOS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR THE POSITION.”

Nick Mosley, director of the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival, said: “I think a business is better served by employing people who are good at the job, rather than just look pretty.”

He added: “It's not the first time I've seen this kind of thing. A bar in Hove recently specified female only applicants, which I'm sure isn't in line with equality legislation.”

A club manager blamed a “junior member of staff” on the advert and insisted no photo was necessary to apply.

Manager Darius Bilinda said: “A member of staff has used their own initiative and put this ad up but it’s a mistake and not the kind of thing I would have put up.

“The ad will be coming down as soon as possible.

“We’re an equal opportunities company.

“If you came down you would see all the different types of people working for us.”

The club has received a mixed reception on online reviews site Trip Advisor.

Elle Wilcox, of Brighton, gave it five stars, saying: “Fantastic venue and will definitely be back down soon!”

But Amber Marco, of Brighton, gave it zero stars.

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9:17am Tue 17 Jun 14

Cave Johnson says...

You can't give things zero stars on Trip Advisor.
You can't give things zero stars on Trip Advisor. Cave Johnson
  • Score: -3

9:17am Tue 17 Jun 14

Notters_Seagull says...

What do you expert from somewhere called "Shooshh"?
What do you expert from somewhere called "Shooshh"? Notters_Seagull
  • Score: 7

9:25am Tue 17 Jun 14

Alan G Skinner says...

Who cares?
Who cares? Alan G Skinner
  • Score: -4

9:32am Tue 17 Jun 14

PorkyChopper says...

"Hard man Danny Dyer"? You do realise it's all an act? His real name is Daniel De Fortescue-Smythe and his father is a Lord who owns thousands of acres of land in Shropshire and Berkshire, a pair of castles in Scotland and a grouse shooting moor in Cumbria. Rather than sounding like a cockney geezer, he actually talks posher than Bryan Sewell, Stephen Fry and David Starkey combined.
"Hard man Danny Dyer"? You do realise it's all an act? His real name is Daniel De Fortescue-Smythe and his father is a Lord who owns thousands of acres of land in Shropshire and Berkshire, a pair of castles in Scotland and a grouse shooting moor in Cumbria. Rather than sounding like a cockney geezer, he actually talks posher than Bryan Sewell, Stephen Fry and David Starkey combined. PorkyChopper
  • Score: 15

10:06am Tue 17 Jun 14

cynic_the says...

I find it more worrying that it's being referred to as a "VIP Super Club".

Isn't there something called the Trade Descriptions Act?
I find it more worrying that it's being referred to as a "VIP Super Club". Isn't there something called the Trade Descriptions Act? cynic_the
  • Score: 28

10:12am Tue 17 Jun 14

Cave Johnson says...

Cave Johnson wrote:
You can't give things zero stars on Trip Advisor.
Why would this simple coment warrant two thumbs down?? Seriously some people are beyond sad.
[quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: You can't give things zero stars on Trip Advisor.[/p][/quote]Why would this simple coment warrant two thumbs down?? Seriously some people are beyond sad. Cave Johnson
  • Score: -24

11:02am Tue 17 Jun 14

Fight_Back says...

Are they allowed to advertise for "young" staff ? Surely that's illegal as well.
Are they allowed to advertise for "young" staff ? Surely that's illegal as well. Fight_Back
  • Score: 12

11:45am Tue 17 Jun 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

It doesn't look VIP at all - they should be had under the trades description act for that alone! Looks a real doss hole.
It doesn't look VIP at all - they should be had under the trades description act for that alone! Looks a real doss hole. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 10

12:41pm Tue 17 Jun 14

brighton-breezy says...

PorkyChopper wrote:
"Hard man Danny Dyer"? You do realise it's all an act? His real name is Daniel De Fortescue-Smythe and his father is a Lord who owns thousands of acres of land in Shropshire and Berkshire, a pair of castles in Scotland and a grouse shooting moor in Cumbria. Rather than sounding like a cockney geezer, he actually talks posher than Bryan Sewell, Stephen Fry and David Starkey combined.
hmmm. not quite the truth! Or are you trying to be funny?
[quote][p][bold]PorkyChopper[/bold] wrote: "Hard man Danny Dyer"? You do realise it's all an act? His real name is Daniel De Fortescue-Smythe and his father is a Lord who owns thousands of acres of land in Shropshire and Berkshire, a pair of castles in Scotland and a grouse shooting moor in Cumbria. Rather than sounding like a cockney geezer, he actually talks posher than Bryan Sewell, Stephen Fry and David Starkey combined.[/p][/quote]hmmm. not quite the truth! Or are you trying to be funny? brighton-breezy
  • Score: -7

3:17pm Tue 17 Jun 14

PaulJo says...

Cave Johnson wrote:
Cave Johnson wrote:
You can't give things zero stars on Trip Advisor.
Why would this simple coment warrant two thumbs down?? Seriously some people are beyond sad.
Perhaps it's that people generally frown upon what could be described as pedantry, unless it's relevant or changes the discussion at hand. Pedantry for pedants sake could also be described as "beyond sad" by some.

In this case, the meaning was clear, and whether one or zero stars were given, it doesn't really affect the debate.

Anyway, I'm sure you're a very nice person, and no real harm done? I see you have some supporters as you're now back to zero thumbs.
[quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: You can't give things zero stars on Trip Advisor.[/p][/quote]Why would this simple coment warrant two thumbs down?? Seriously some people are beyond sad.[/p][/quote]Perhaps it's that people generally frown upon what could be described as pedantry, unless it's relevant or changes the discussion at hand. Pedantry for pedants sake could also be described as "beyond sad" by some. In this case, the meaning was clear, and whether one or zero stars were given, it doesn't really affect the debate. Anyway, I'm sure you're a very nice person, and no real harm done? I see you have some supporters as you're now back to zero thumbs. PaulJo
  • Score: 8

9:40pm Tue 17 Jun 14

MasonStorm says...

ZeeGee..ffs wrote:
So the manager of the place is claiming that he didn't even see the job advert before it was publicised?

If that is the case, they should be advertising for a manager who can actually;y do the job
'manager'? Haha...surely they mean chief knuckle dragger.
[quote][p][bold]ZeeGee..ffs[/bold] wrote: So the manager of the place is claiming that he didn't even see the job advert before it was publicised? If that is the case, they should be advertising for a manager who can actually;y do the job[/p][/quote]'manager'? Haha...surely they mean chief knuckle dragger. MasonStorm
  • Score: 5

4:02am Wed 18 Jun 14

brightonstreet says...

Stuff like this makes me laugh, so what you are telling me.. is that a club, in an industry almost entirely based around sex, sex appeal and visual/audio/physica
l pleasure (so seeing people at their best, listening to music, and dancing) They aren't allowed to be slightly more specific about who they want working in the venue?

I'm all for equality in the work place, equal rights on finding jobs.. but let's not **** or beat around the bush here guys, the manager, when interviewing their job candidates isn't going to be going on much, since it doesn't require an education, doesn't require experience (pouring vodka lemonades isn't hard) so he gets 2 candidates, one who is overweight, has acne and a poor genetic makeup in the physical department, and one who is a genetic gem in the rough.. who is he/she going to pick? Since their staff are also advertising the venue by working there, I know who I would pick, and I'm also pretty sure, if you had his/her job you would do the same.

It's logical, and don't give me that "oh but equality this, equality that" ****, some people are born blessed, some people aren't, some jobs suit some people, and some jobs suit other people.

Also, another thing, even if they don't write it down on the job advert.. obviously they will have a selection and filtering process when it comes to interviewing (which will result in attractive staff) this just saves the manager time and effort.

Don't be so obtuse.
Stuff like this makes me laugh, so what you are telling me.. is that a club, in an industry almost entirely based around sex, sex appeal and visual/audio/physica l pleasure (so seeing people at their best, listening to music, and dancing) They aren't allowed to be slightly more specific about who they want working in the venue? I'm all for equality in the work place, equal rights on finding jobs.. but let's not **** or beat around the bush here guys, the manager, when interviewing their job candidates isn't going to be going on much, since it doesn't require an education, doesn't require experience (pouring vodka lemonades isn't hard) so he gets 2 candidates, one who is overweight, has acne and a poor genetic makeup in the physical department, and one who is a genetic gem in the rough.. who is he/she going to pick? Since their staff are also advertising the venue by working there, I know who I would pick, and I'm also pretty sure, if you had his/her job you would do the same. It's logical, and don't give me that "oh but equality this, equality that" ****, some people are born blessed, some people aren't, some jobs suit some people, and some jobs suit other people. Also, another thing, even if they don't write it down on the job advert.. obviously they will have a selection and filtering process when it comes to interviewing (which will result in attractive staff) this just saves the manager time and effort. Don't be so obtuse. brightonstreet
  • Score: 1

11:47am Wed 18 Jun 14

Tippy Toes says...

brightonstreet wrote:
Stuff like this makes me laugh, so what you are telling me.. is that a club, in an industry almost entirely based around sex, sex appeal and visual/audio/physica

l pleasure (so seeing people at their best, listening to music, and dancing) They aren't allowed to be slightly more specific about who they want working in the venue?

I'm all for equality in the work place, equal rights on finding jobs.. but let's not **** or beat around the bush here guys, the manager, when interviewing their job candidates isn't going to be going on much, since it doesn't require an education, doesn't require experience (pouring vodka lemonades isn't hard) so he gets 2 candidates, one who is overweight, has acne and a poor genetic makeup in the physical department, and one who is a genetic gem in the rough.. who is he/she going to pick? Since their staff are also advertising the venue by working there, I know who I would pick, and I'm also pretty sure, if you had his/her job you would do the same.

It's logical, and don't give me that "oh but equality this, equality that" ****, some people are born blessed, some people aren't, some jobs suit some people, and some jobs suit other people.

Also, another thing, even if they don't write it down on the job advert.. obviously they will have a selection and filtering process when it comes to interviewing (which will result in attractive staff) this just saves the manager time and effort.

Don't be so obtuse.
I think you are missing the point though - you can't advertise a job like this - it's against the law.
[quote][p][bold]brightonstreet[/bold] wrote: Stuff like this makes me laugh, so what you are telling me.. is that a club, in an industry almost entirely based around sex, sex appeal and visual/audio/physica l pleasure (so seeing people at their best, listening to music, and dancing) They aren't allowed to be slightly more specific about who they want working in the venue? I'm all for equality in the work place, equal rights on finding jobs.. but let's not **** or beat around the bush here guys, the manager, when interviewing their job candidates isn't going to be going on much, since it doesn't require an education, doesn't require experience (pouring vodka lemonades isn't hard) so he gets 2 candidates, one who is overweight, has acne and a poor genetic makeup in the physical department, and one who is a genetic gem in the rough.. who is he/she going to pick? Since their staff are also advertising the venue by working there, I know who I would pick, and I'm also pretty sure, if you had his/her job you would do the same. It's logical, and don't give me that "oh but equality this, equality that" ****, some people are born blessed, some people aren't, some jobs suit some people, and some jobs suit other people. Also, another thing, even if they don't write it down on the job advert.. obviously they will have a selection and filtering process when it comes to interviewing (which will result in attractive staff) this just saves the manager time and effort. Don't be so obtuse.[/p][/quote]I think you are missing the point though - you can't advertise a job like this - it's against the law. Tippy Toes
  • Score: 3

4:05pm Wed 18 Jun 14

gheese77 says...

brighton-breezy wrote:
PorkyChopper wrote:
"Hard man Danny Dyer"? You do realise it's all an act? His real name is Daniel De Fortescue-Smythe and his father is a Lord who owns thousands of acres of land in Shropshire and Berkshire, a pair of castles in Scotland and a grouse shooting moor in Cumbria. Rather than sounding like a cockney geezer, he actually talks posher than Bryan Sewell, Stephen Fry and David Starkey combined.
hmmm. not quite the truth! Or are you trying to be funny?
Now Brian Sewell - now he is hard !
[quote][p][bold]brighton-breezy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PorkyChopper[/bold] wrote: "Hard man Danny Dyer"? You do realise it's all an act? His real name is Daniel De Fortescue-Smythe and his father is a Lord who owns thousands of acres of land in Shropshire and Berkshire, a pair of castles in Scotland and a grouse shooting moor in Cumbria. Rather than sounding like a cockney geezer, he actually talks posher than Bryan Sewell, Stephen Fry and David Starkey combined.[/p][/quote]hmmm. not quite the truth! Or are you trying to be funny?[/p][/quote]Now Brian Sewell - now he is hard ! gheese77
  • Score: 0

6:53pm Wed 18 Jun 14

MasonStorm says...

I got the job!
I got the job! MasonStorm
  • Score: 1

10:15pm Wed 18 Jun 14

voiceofthescoombe says...

Vip and danny dyer bwhahaha
Vip and danny dyer bwhahaha voiceofthescoombe
  • Score: 0

11:29pm Wed 18 Jun 14

VoodooGangbanger says...

Tippy Toes wrote:
brightonstreet wrote:
Stuff like this makes me laugh, so what you are telling me.. is that a club, in an industry almost entirely based around sex, sex appeal and visual/audio/physica


l pleasure (so seeing people at their best, listening to music, and dancing) They aren't allowed to be slightly more specific about who they want working in the venue?

I'm all for equality in the work place, equal rights on finding jobs.. but let's not **** or beat around the bush here guys, the manager, when interviewing their job candidates isn't going to be going on much, since it doesn't require an education, doesn't require experience (pouring vodka lemonades isn't hard) so he gets 2 candidates, one who is overweight, has acne and a poor genetic makeup in the physical department, and one who is a genetic gem in the rough.. who is he/she going to pick? Since their staff are also advertising the venue by working there, I know who I would pick, and I'm also pretty sure, if you had his/her job you would do the same.

It's logical, and don't give me that "oh but equality this, equality that" ****, some people are born blessed, some people aren't, some jobs suit some people, and some jobs suit other people.

Also, another thing, even if they don't write it down on the job advert.. obviously they will have a selection and filtering process when it comes to interviewing (which will result in attractive staff) this just saves the manager time and effort.

Don't be so obtuse.
I think you are missing the point though - you can't advertise a job like this - it's against the law.
but the discrimination is going to happen, is covert discrimination any better than overt? or is it worse for the dishonesty involved.
[quote][p][bold]Tippy Toes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]brightonstreet[/bold] wrote: Stuff like this makes me laugh, so what you are telling me.. is that a club, in an industry almost entirely based around sex, sex appeal and visual/audio/physica l pleasure (so seeing people at their best, listening to music, and dancing) They aren't allowed to be slightly more specific about who they want working in the venue? I'm all for equality in the work place, equal rights on finding jobs.. but let's not **** or beat around the bush here guys, the manager, when interviewing their job candidates isn't going to be going on much, since it doesn't require an education, doesn't require experience (pouring vodka lemonades isn't hard) so he gets 2 candidates, one who is overweight, has acne and a poor genetic makeup in the physical department, and one who is a genetic gem in the rough.. who is he/she going to pick? Since their staff are also advertising the venue by working there, I know who I would pick, and I'm also pretty sure, if you had his/her job you would do the same. It's logical, and don't give me that "oh but equality this, equality that" ****, some people are born blessed, some people aren't, some jobs suit some people, and some jobs suit other people. Also, another thing, even if they don't write it down on the job advert.. obviously they will have a selection and filtering process when it comes to interviewing (which will result in attractive staff) this just saves the manager time and effort. Don't be so obtuse.[/p][/quote]I think you are missing the point though - you can't advertise a job like this - it's against the law.[/p][/quote]but the discrimination is going to happen, is covert discrimination any better than overt? or is it worse for the dishonesty involved. VoodooGangbanger
  • Score: 0

1:02pm Thu 19 Jun 14

notaconspiracy says...

As pointed out, they're going to hire whoever they want to, anyway. The advert will save a bit of time.

As an older, uglier correspondent, I have to say I'm not offended at all.
As pointed out, they're going to hire whoever they want to, anyway. The advert will save a bit of time. As an older, uglier correspondent, I have to say I'm not offended at all. notaconspiracy
  • Score: 0

2:26am Mon 23 Jun 14

brightonstreet says...

Tippy Toes wrote:
brightonstreet wrote:
Stuff like this makes me laugh, so what you are telling me.. is that a club, in an industry almost entirely based around sex, sex appeal and visual/audio/physica


l pleasure (so seeing people at their best, listening to music, and dancing) They aren't allowed to be slightly more specific about who they want working in the venue?

I'm all for equality in the work place, equal rights on finding jobs.. but let's not **** or beat around the bush here guys, the manager, when interviewing their job candidates isn't going to be going on much, since it doesn't require an education, doesn't require experience (pouring vodka lemonades isn't hard) so he gets 2 candidates, one who is overweight, has acne and a poor genetic makeup in the physical department, and one who is a genetic gem in the rough.. who is he/she going to pick? Since their staff are also advertising the venue by working there, I know who I would pick, and I'm also pretty sure, if you had his/her job you would do the same.

It's logical, and don't give me that "oh but equality this, equality that" ****, some people are born blessed, some people aren't, some jobs suit some people, and some jobs suit other people.

Also, another thing, even if they don't write it down on the job advert.. obviously they will have a selection and filtering process when it comes to interviewing (which will result in attractive staff) this just saves the manager time and effort.

Don't be so obtuse.
I think you are missing the point though - you can't advertise a job like this - it's against the law.
I completely understand the point, but in this instance doesn't the law seem to just be a formality?
[quote][p][bold]Tippy Toes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]brightonstreet[/bold] wrote: Stuff like this makes me laugh, so what you are telling me.. is that a club, in an industry almost entirely based around sex, sex appeal and visual/audio/physica l pleasure (so seeing people at their best, listening to music, and dancing) They aren't allowed to be slightly more specific about who they want working in the venue? I'm all for equality in the work place, equal rights on finding jobs.. but let's not **** or beat around the bush here guys, the manager, when interviewing their job candidates isn't going to be going on much, since it doesn't require an education, doesn't require experience (pouring vodka lemonades isn't hard) so he gets 2 candidates, one who is overweight, has acne and a poor genetic makeup in the physical department, and one who is a genetic gem in the rough.. who is he/she going to pick? Since their staff are also advertising the venue by working there, I know who I would pick, and I'm also pretty sure, if you had his/her job you would do the same. It's logical, and don't give me that "oh but equality this, equality that" ****, some people are born blessed, some people aren't, some jobs suit some people, and some jobs suit other people. Also, another thing, even if they don't write it down on the job advert.. obviously they will have a selection and filtering process when it comes to interviewing (which will result in attractive staff) this just saves the manager time and effort. Don't be so obtuse.[/p][/quote]I think you are missing the point though - you can't advertise a job like this - it's against the law.[/p][/quote]I completely understand the point, but in this instance doesn't the law seem to just be a formality? brightonstreet
  • Score: 0

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