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1 Job Saved Or Created: Tanning Butler

From CNN’s Money.Com:

Help wanted: Tanning butler

By Annalyn Censky, staff reporter, March 17, 2010

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) – Calling the unemployed! Do you like pool parties, sun tan lotion and hotties?

If so, the South Beach Ritz-Carlton has a position for you: tanning butler. One caveat: Ladies need not apply; this job usually goes to hunky male models.

You could be the South Beach Ritz-Carlton’s next tanning butler.

The Ritz will be posting the gig on Craigslist and in the Miami Herald in the next few days, and it expects a deluge of response.

"We’re looking to fill the position immediately with someone who’s outgoing, positive, energetic and recognizes the role as a brand ambassador," said Ritz-Carlton PR gal Michelle Payer, who invented the position in 2004.

The lucky guy gets paid $20 an hour plus tips to slather sunscreen and spritz Evian on beach-going Ritz guests. Plus, the hours aren’t too bad: Friday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., at the beach and on the pool deck.

The position requires a uniform, however — an official "Tanning Butler" T-shirt and holster for carrying bottles of sunscreen — so you can differentiate between the official butler and creeps trying to get frisky.

The last tanning butler — there’s only one in the world at a time — vacated the position for an Armani modeling gig in Italy. And get this — he left on Monday without even giving two weeks notice!

Interested jobseekers should e-mail their headshot and cover letter to Jennifer.Steinmark@ritzcarlton.com.

Oh, and if you’d like a tanning butler T-shirt, the Ritz sells them for $29.50 a piece. So you, too, can convince the ladies — or gents — that you’re qualified to apply sunscreen.

Since it involves solar energy, this must be the first of all of those ‘green jobs’ Mr. Obama keeps promising us.

Still, how can the Ritz-Carlton hope to get away with such blatant sex discrimination?

Where is (former state attorney for Dade County) Janet Reno when you need her?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 18th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “1 Job Saved Or Created: Tanning Butler”

  1. confucius says:

    I’m gonna e-mail Bill Clinton’s “headshot.”

  2. JohnMG says:

    Twenty bucks an hour for a 12-hour work week works out to $240/week. By the time FICA, Medicare, SS, State income tax, and local earnings tax is deducted, the poor sap will take home maybe $135 a week. This might not be a bad gig if there were some hours involved, but it reminds me of the story about the potatoes;

    Bob’s Grocery is selling potatoes for $.69 per pound while his competitor down the block, Pedro, has advertized his potatoes at $.57 per pound. When Mrs. Brown tells this to Bob, he says for her to buy her potatoes from Pedro. Mrs. Brown says that she would, but Pedro is out of potatoes right now. Bob says, “When I’m out of potatoes, I sell them for fifteen cents a pound.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Jennifer.Steinmark@ritzcarlton.com

    Head shots, ladies and gentlemen

    You know we won’t be able to restrain the impulse

  4. proreason says:

    This would be a good job for Obamy.

    Straight men can only last for 1 or 2 customers.

    • JohnMG says:

      Sorry, pro, but that is waaaaay too far above his pay grade.

      Besides that, he rubs far too many people the wrong way as it is.

  5. BigOil says:

    Mental image of the day – Janet Reno dropping by the Ritz poolside for her slathering of sunscreen. They may need to add a zero to the $20 per hour wage.

  6. MinnesotaRush says:

    Will Michael Moore be applying?

    Gotta get me one of those T’s and holster kits boy; but you’re right, Pro .. only might last thru one or two unless they do look like Reno, Big Oil.


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