Brits were left both amused and baffled after spotting an unusual job advertisement in a window in Cornwall.
There has been a staff shortage across most of Cornwall this summer due to the fallout of Brexit, a lack of affordable accommodation and loss of staff who were furloughed thanks to the coronavirus crisis.
And, it looks as though some establishments have decided to try out more interesting ways to advertise vacancies.
A Reddit user spotted the bizarre poster in the window of a food establishment in Tintagel – an area known for its outstanding natural beauty and ancient castle ruins.
He posted a snap of the advertisement in the CasualUK forum, where he captioned it: “Interesting way to advertise a job. Found in Tintagel, Cornwall.”
The job notice read: “Looking for a new challenge?
“Retrain as a swan!
“Two-day courses, no previous experience necessary.”
It continued: “Full tuition in: honking, gliding serenely, eating bits of bread, breaking a child’s arm.
“Enjoy a new career fouling canal paths and filter-feeding in municipal waterways.”
The advert then gets to its real point, and said: “Or pop in and ask about a job here…”
The snap quickly went viral with 4.9k likes and over 100 comments from chuckling Brits who laid on the jokes thick and fast.
One person joked: “Well damn, I’ve just been s***ing on canal towpaths on an amateur basis, I didn’t realise there was a career opportunity to be made out of it.”
Another laughed: “Okay, where do I go for the swan training?”
A third noted: “I saw this ad the other day. Was planning on going in and asking about a job, so it threw me off a little.”
While a fourth added: “I need a job and I feel I have found my calling here. honk.”
And, a fan of the area said: “I mean, if it pays more than my current job I’d be more than happy to move to Cornwall right now, to live my new life as a beautiful Swan…”
A local added: “That’s Tintagel though. I grew up there for a bit in the very early 1980’s.
“It’s the only place I have been in the world where you could walk down the High St and meet a bloke walking a cheetah on a lead talking to someone dressed as a wizard and a guy in full on chain mail outside the Spar at 10:30 on a Tuesday morning and think it was normal.
“It was weird as f*** then and it’s weird as f*** now.
“Tintagel attracts a ‘special’ kind of person, who in all likelihood at some point in their lives will have seriously considered retraining as a swan as a valid and progressive career move.”
It’s unknown if the establishment attracted more staff due to its humorous notice, but it sure gave plenty of people a good laugh.
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