Tuesday 21 November 2017

Dublin businessman defends decision to advertise for 'extremely good looking' staff

The sign was displayed at Booza ice-cream store on Drumcondra Road Upper
The sign was displayed at Booza ice-cream store on Drumcondra Road Upper

Robin Schiller

A Dublin businessman has defended his decision to only advertise for "extremely good looking staff" at his premises despite receiving a number of complaints.

The store has come under fire since the sign was displayed late last month, with many people expressing anger that a person's looks are important for gaining employment.

The sign, advertised at the Booza ice-cream store on Drumcondra Road Upper, goes on to say: "Seriously if you're not good looking don't bother applying".

Since the backlash the shop's owner has defended the advertisement saying there is nothing personal about the sign.

Ahmad Alhourani told Independent.ie: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It can't be defined from one person to the next. I need confident staff- good looking or not- but the ones applying are going to be sure of themselves and more than likely happy with their own skin. There's nothing personal about it," he said.

A number of people have contacted the shop owner to express their anger at the sign as well as expressing their frustration on social media.

However, Mr Alhourani says that he wants a "bond" created between him and his staff.

"That's the bond that I want to be created between the staff, so customers feel at home and that it reflects my product. I think I'm good looking but I haven't been approached to be on the cover men's health magazine."

"I like who I am and think I'm a good looking guy, a lot of girls have disagreed but honestly that doesn't phase me or change my opinion about myself and that's the core of who I am and it's helped me, to enjoy life and innovate." he added.

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