A local pub in a popular Wigan town has been dividing opinion after putting out a job advert for a new chef to join its team.
With the hospitality industry currently experiencing high levels of staff shortages post-pandemic and amid the rising cost of living crisis, seeing job advertisements for new recruits in the window or on chalkboards outside establishments is a pretty common sight across Greater Manchester at the moment.
But a pub in Golborne has certainly grabbed attentions with calls to fill its latest vacancy.
The Queen Anne – which is a small family-run pub in the heart of the town on the border of Wigan and Warrington – took to Facebook last month to share that it was looking for a new chef to join its dedicated and “busy” kitchen team, and asked people to get in touch if they were interested.
The job advert was shared to Facebook alongside a photo of a chalkboard outside the venue.
The pub says on its website that it “prides ourselves on serving good beer and great homemade food” and even claims to serve up “the best homemade food that Golborne has to offer”, so understandably, a chef is an important hire for the business, but one requirement the pub has for any potential applicants has got people talking – “no snowflakes”.
The advert reads: “Chef wanted. Please ask inside for details. No snowflakes please!!!”
The pub elaborated in its call for the new staff member: “We are still looking for chefs to join our busy kitchen team, so if you want to be involved with serving and making the best homemade food that Golborne has to offer, are hardworking and not a snowflake, pop in and have a chat with us or drop us a message.”
The derogatory slang term ‘snowflake’ is generally defined as being an “overly sensitive or easily offended person”, or someone who believes they are “entitled to special treatment on account of their supposedly unique characteristics”.
Given the choice to include the term in the vacancy, The Queen Anne’s job advert seems to have split opinion online – with one person commenting on Facebook: “Snowflakes are taking over the world”, while another didn’t seem too keen on the recruitment tactics, and added: “I genuinely hope you find no one.”
“Please define your snowflake,” another person questioned.
Another person also questioned whether or not the pub was “still looking” for applicants to fill the role “because they’re all snowflakes?”.
But offering some clarity on the situation and the decision to use the word snowflake in response to the criticism, Christopher Darnbrough – who is the landlord of The Queen Anne – told the M.E.N that they are simply looking for “a hard-worker”.
“Since the lockdown, we have had a lot of flaky people who don’t want to work and just breeze in and out and are constantly wanting time off,” he explained.
In the latest twist that virtually everyone saw coming, the Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua fight looks like it has been called off yet again. Is anyone even still bothered at this point?
Fury broke the news via Instagram on Monday evening, revealing that he had not received a signed contract from Joshua before his self-imposed 5pm deadline and that the long-awaited all match-up is now off the table.
Joshua’s last two fights came against the Usyk, in which he lost both the first bout and the rematch, going viral with a rather bizarre speech in the immediate aftermath.
As well as questioning how the Ukrainian could have beaten him when he’s “not strong”, he references everything from the Russian invasion to his weight and time in prison.
As for Usyk, he is the only real opponent Fury is likely to face and the pair have been open about arranging a fight, despite both having made it quite clear that they hope to retire in the new future.
Gary Neville insists he has ‘no intention’ of going into politics
Gary Neville has made his stance clear and insisted that he has absolutely “no intention” of going into politics in the future.
The former Manchester United and England footballer, turned manager, pundit, and commentator, made a guest starring appearance at the 2022 Labour Party Conference yesterday – which is currently being held in Liverpool – to give a speech at an event about the future of football.
The Bury-born 47-year-old also threw his support behind party leader Sir Keir Starmer.
But despite becoming a followed figure and somewhat of a voice on current political affairs since his retirement from the game, and most significantly within the last couple of years of Brexit, the COVID-19 pandemic, and under the leadership of several Conservative Prime Ministers, Neville has claimed that he still does not intend to venture into politics.
He also said that he was “not going to be tempted” to become an MP and stand in the upcoming by-election in West Lancashire.
The former right back said he does not “need to be an MP” to support the Labour party.
Neville told BBC Politics that a venture into politics is “something I’ve been asked about regularly over the last 12 – 18 months,” but clarified that he’s “got no intention of going into politics at all”, primarily because “I love what I do so much”.
He continued: “The reality is I love what I do so much. I love what I do in football, I love what I do in Greater Manchester with the businesses that I co-own, and I have to say I wouldn’t want to give that up as I feel as though I’m happy in what I’m doing.
“I want to continue doing the things that I’m doing locally in Greater Manchester.
“And I have to say that I feel politically motivated, but I can do as much, I think, for the Labour Party by being here as I can do being an MP.