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Aussie pub at risk of closure saves itself with ‘unprofessional’ play

An Aussie pub owner reveals his selfless act after an overwhelming response to a job ad revealing his business was close to closure.

An Aussie pub at risk of closing before Christmas managed to get an influx of willing staff after posting an “unprofessional” job advertisement appealing to “alcoholics” or those with criminal records.

Weldborough Hotel is four hours from Hobart, Tasmania, in a town of just 22 people. The owner had an overwhelming response to a job advertisement posted on Facebook and has now selflessly recommend potential staff to neighbouring businesses also feeling the resource pinch.

“We are looking for high achievers who have proven experience in a high-pressure environment, ideally with references from Gordon Ramsay or Heston Bloomenthal [sic]. Actually, who are we kidding? We are desperate for staff,” the post, which has been removed, said.

Struggling pub the Weldborough Hotel in Tasmania with an inset of the controversial job advertisement it posted.
A pub owner in Tasmania was facing closure until he posted this job advertisement, which has helped him turn around his critical staffing issues. (Credit: Facebook)

“Police record? Who cares. Drug habit? Join the club. Alcoholic? Don’t get me started.


“If I can’t find anyone before Xmas, I won’t have a business after Xmas.”


Some thought it was the “best job ad ever”, while others were critical that it was not professional.

But the tongue in cheek play worked and they’ve made job offers to five people.

“We now have a crew of 10 staff from the local area to carry us through the summer season.

"To the people that told me the post was unprofessional and a bad look, I will take that feedback and raise you the 5 new staff. Better yet: come to the pub and experience the service and the food and then call us unprofessional,” a Facebook update said.

The owner said the struggling business now had the support to remain open, and not only that had the opportunity to pass on the details to some other locals who were also desperate for staff.

"To the people that have sent resumes and made phone calls, we can't thank you enough for your interest. Given that you were prepared to reach out to us, we will do what we can to forward good people on to other venues in the area," the update added.

Yahoo Finance contacted the owner for comment but he's still wading through all the responses he got.

A local businesswoman told Yahoo Finance the little pub was full of character and had to battle low numbers of passersby.

"Some nights of the week they don't open at all because it's a really difficult thing when you've got a small number of staff and you may be open and no one come through," she said.

Limited accomodation in the area also created more challenges for getting staff as they had no where to stay, with more opportunity in neighbouring towns like Derby, which is about 20 minutes away.

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