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Those among you who believe it's your human right to be paid to "read, tweet, surf the internet, check your email and sunbathe" should get your lazy arses into this job, which is offering hard cash to someone to do just that. The Husqvarna Automatic Lawnmower Supervisor job advert For those of you not au fait with the Spanish …

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Nice work for an unemployed lad in Spain if you can get it! The pay on offer is quite pants but given the 50% unemployment for youths there, better than nothing.

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Yeah but no, but yeah

Yeah if you ignore the ageismistic job requirements "aged between 25 and 35"

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Quite pants?

up to £1700 a month for doing absolutely fuck all?

I got much less than that when I worked for ladbrokes as a student.

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Re: Quite pants?

£1700 for a single month. Not per month.

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Re: Quite pants?

Well, technically one month at £1700 is £1700 per month.

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Re: Quite pants?

Only for the first month.

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Not just ageist, but counter-productive. I bet if they widened their net to allow students they could find someone who'd do it for less dosh.

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Darryl, you are technically correct. The best kind of correct.

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I suspect it will be a PR stunt therefore they will be looking for photogenic people too.

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£1700 is £1700 whichever way you cut it, and if it's earnt facebooking sat in the sun on some freshly cut grass then well done to the successful applicant.

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1700£ before or after tax?

I think in spain it makes a 30% diference.

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Sounds like the old Your Sinclair joke game "Advanced Lawnmower Simulator".

And it's playable at http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseekplay.cgi?title=Advanced+Lawnmower+Simulator&pub=Your+Sinclair&year=1988&id=0000089&game=/games/a/AdvancedLawnmowerSimulator.tap.zip&emu=3&aspect=3

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And Spain wonders why it's economy is fucked.

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it's called 'advertising'.

And it's cheap at 2,100 euros.

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share on facebook???

this smells more of a publicity stunt or some kind of traffic manipulation sceme, or data gathering phishing scam

or is that normal now?

If who's gonna pay for the IT guy that makes sure he is equipped to do such updates?

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"this smells more of a publicity stunt"

...Sherlock spoketh

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Council outsources to Husqvarna for a man and his lawnmower

Husqvarna remembers they make automated lawnmowers and thinks "Hey, they didn't say he actually has to drive the thing"?

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Age descrimination

What I am puzzled about is why they are descriminating on the basis of age? It is not exactly as if an OAP or a 16 year old could not do the job while reading the newspaper or browsing their phone/tablet! Going to have to do better than that if you don't want the EU regs breathing down your neck! Being currently unemployed/low earner would be a better discriminator...

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Their job is to stop the mower getting stolen perhaps?

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A valid suggestion. But then, this needs to be in the job description. As it stands, a 25-35 wheelchair user is entitled to apply. (I have nothing against them at all btw!)

It is just shoddy. But maybe I should expect this from a Spanish local council...

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"What I am puzzled about is why they are descriminating on the basis of age?"

It's always been a common thing in Spain, same as gender discrimination. I'd bet this ad was not posted by Husqvarna (sp?) directly but by a local PR/marketing company. Even though the laws have been updated, not many locals have caught up with the times in the job discrimination front.

Not stereotyping the Spaniards btw, just speaking from intimate(!) knowledge.

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Re: Age descrimination

No, it's not age discrimination, it's simply preselection: They need someone willing to use FarceBook, i.e. that person will definitely not be older than 35. They need someone who's got a basic grasp of the language, i.e. a person over 25*.

(*assuming education in Spain is not much better than over here)

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definitely not be older than 35? Lol.

er, dude, I'm like totally over 50, ftw, and I can watch grass being cut better than some kid. ROFLMAO

You know, there are some people I would definitely not employ for this and they are all, believe me, under 35

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>and I can watch grass being cut better than some kid.

So can I! But that was not quite the point...

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Re: Grasp of language

Whoa there, you seem to suggest that becoming 25 years old suddenly means that someone magically becomes better at language skills...

In my experience, this is certainly not the case. I have worked with many individuals 25+, 30+, 50+; some of them are professors and world-leading in their field. Very few of them can write effectively in their primary language.

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>Not stereotyping the Spaniards btw, just speaking from intimate(!) knowledge

I'll confirm that. I've always got my jobs by word of mouth so I've not had to deal with the age thing directly however when skimming the job site offers to see the state of things most are looking for someone still in nappies with 20 years experience of something that hasn't been released yet

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An automatic lawnmower...

Also known as a sheep?

They're paying somebody to sit and watch sheep?

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Re: An automatic lawnmower...

If you go to the mfgr site (http://www.husqvarna.com/us/products/robotic-mowers/husqvarna-robotic-mowers-for-homeowners/) guess what they have a picture of...

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Re: An automatic lawnmower...

Maybe it's just me, but doesn't $3K seem a lot to spend on a lawnmower? You can easily get a bloke to do it for twenty quid (say thirty dollars). That gets you 100 lawn-mows for the same price, which I suspect is more than you'd get out of the robot lawnmower before something important went wrong with it.

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If you put lipstick on that sheep, then you've got to pay the sheep, too, so it's probably a break-even proposition.

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Watch Sheep?

@Dr Dan Holsworth Try http://zois.com/CGI61178

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Err...

Isn't the job paying someone to watch grass being cut, not to watch grass grow?

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They want what?

".... sharing his or her scintillating lawnmower supervising experiences on Husqvarna's local Facebook presence."

WTF? Obliging the use of Facebook and only offering 1700EUR a month? Someone's having a right giraffe....

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Awwwwww......

What, EVERY day?

(cue Kevin & Perry style teenstrop)

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What they are being hired for is to watch a new lawnmower cut grass with little or no user interaction. This is not as strange as it sounds.Many companies hire people to do nothing but test their products. I work near a local Husqvarna corp headquarters and sometimes have to go there for business. One thing I see is them hiring local kids to do nothing but ride lawn mowers around in a circle all day. After so many hundreds of hours, they check to see what is worn out, how things are holding up. Go to any producer of outdoor products and you will find the same thing. It's better than letting people buy products and use them as testers (Iphone anyone?)

It's really not all that unusual, hell companies hire people to sit on their @$$ and watch computers all day, I think it's called "IT", and they don't even get any sun! Zing!!!

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Happy

I read El Reg

Do I qualify?

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