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Outcry over job ad seeking waitress with 'nice breasts'

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Outcry over job ad seeking waitress with 'nice breasts'
Archive photo of a female bar tender. Photo: Frank Perry/AFP.
10:51 CEST+02:00
Shock over an online job ad posting searching for a waitress with "nice breasts" has grown into a full-blown police investigation.

An offensive job advert for a pub in Sanxenxo, Galicia has elicited outrage among locals and politicians, sparking a police investigation.

The ad was posted on classified listing website Mil Anuncios (One thousand ads) as recently as Tuesday, saying that a pub in Sanxenxo was searching for a new waitress who had "nice breasts and minimal experience".

"We are looking for waitresses who are attractive, nice, hard-working, have good people skills, nice breasts and minimal experience," stated the ad, which has now been taken down, according to screenshots posted on social media.

One woman reportedly answered the ad before it mentioned "nice breasts" being a requirement, and said she was asked to do a Skype interview wearing only her underwear and told that she would be given high compensation for having "occasional encounters" with the manager, reported newspaper La Voz de Galicia.

Another woman said she was asked to wear either her underwear or just a bikini during the Skype interview, and also offered €3,500 for having sexual relations with the manager.

There is some doubt about whether the ad was actually placed by an establishment or by an individual acting alone as the name of the bar was never disclosed to the women or in the ad.

But on Tuesday, head of the regional government's Equality Department, Sandra Fernández, filed a complaint with the Civil Guard to investigate who had placed the "chauvinistic and intolerable" job offer.

The two women who answered the ad have also filed complaints and the Civil Guard is now investigating the case for suspects in other parts of the country, newspaper Faro de Vigo reported on Thursday.

The women turned over to police their email correspondences in response to the ad, which the local government said includes the name of respondent, the email and a reference to a business.

The ad quickly spread online through social media after it was posted, prompting outcry.

"This is violence, this is humiliation and it is intolerable," wrote left-wing party Podemos spokeswoman Tania González Peñas on Twitter.

"To me it's shameful that this things still happen," wrote another Twitter user.

"The City Council of Sanxeno is not about to tolerate these kind of things and will denounce them as many times as it is necessary," Fernández told local media.

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