Wanking for coins

The BBC reports that webcam stripping jobs are being advertised in Jobcentres.

“Do you have an internet ready computer and a webcam? If yes, Barcode18.tv is looking for adults aged 18+ for immediate start either from home or from employer site in Mitcham, Surrey.

“Guaranteed minimum wages per 4 hour shift. Duties require the successful applicant to be nude/semi-nude.”

Under the heading “webcam operators” the company said it offered £10 an hour with 50% commission.

16 thoughts on “Wanking for coins

  1. mupwangle says:

    Jobcentres have been advertising strippers and the like for years now. Sounds like somebody just wanted their name in the press.

    Links goosed btw – extra http in there.

  2. Andy says:

    Well, I’m glad that the minimum wage was guaranteed.

    Wouldn’t want there to be any chance of earning more than that…

  3. McGazz says:

    I used to work for the DWP and, unless they’ve changed the rules, you can refuse to apply for certain ‘rude’ jobs without it affecting your dole. ‘Working in Ann Summers’ falls into that category, so I’d imagine being a stripper does. Otherwise it’d all get a bit “Full Monty”.

  4. Heather says:

    Most bizarre thing I ever saw on the train from Glasgow Central to home was a woman dressed in a way which suggested that, shall we say, she had responded to one of those ads. She sat down opposite me and with military precision proceeded to towel off her layers of makeup, then tied her hair in a frumpy bun, then put a frumpy pair of pleated polyester trousers on, then removed her leather miniskirt over the trousers. She then covered her fragment of a top with a certain Scottish bank’s standard issue blouse, blazer, and name tag. Her transformation from stripper to bank teller complete, the last thing she did was fish out her wedding ring from her purse and put it on.

  5. mupwangle says:

    >>..unless they’ve changed the rules…

    They haven’t. It’s mentioned in the article that the advert says so.

    @Heather – maybe there is a niche market for bank teller themed strippers for when the policewoman is too scary.

  6. Andy Fraser says:

    I once applied for a job as a stripper while in the throes of student poverty. A woman phoned me up and I told her I was of ‘athletic build’ and ‘a great dancer’.

    I can’t think of any two phrases that less accurately describe me.

    And Gary, I didn’t know you’re a dad – congratulations.

  7. Gary says:

    > It’s mentioned in the article that the advert says so.

    Still depressing, though.

    @heather: you’re right, that’s really weird. Proof that some people do unspeakable things for money, and also moonlight as strippers…

  8. tm says:

    >@heather: you’re right, that’s really weird.

    Not really, I used to work next door to a huge bank branch, and the same transformation used to happen in reverse at about 4:55 PM every Friday night – it just wasn’t actually on the train. Hey, we’ve all ended up on a train full of commuters feeling like shit and wearing yesterdays going out clothes at least once in our lives, haven’t we? ;-)

  9. Gary says:

    > Hey, we’ve all ended up on a train full of commuters feeling like shit and wearing yesterdays going out clothes at least once in our lives, haven’t we?

    Ah, but do your going out clothes make you look like a lapdancer? Actually, don’t answer that.

  10. tm says:

    >Ah, but do your going out clothes make you look like a lapdancer?

    Ignoring your advice, not to answer:

    Mine don’t, no – but that’s more out of consideration for others ;-)

    In my experience a surprising amount of (female) bank tellers going out clothes come close enough…

  11. Squander Two says:

    Re-reading this post, I just noticed something quite horrible.

    > Barcode18.tv is looking for adults aged 18+ for immediate start either from home or from employer site in Mitcham, Surrey.

    From home, OK. It’s not for me, but OK. But from the employer’s site? I just have an image of this sort of weird call centre. I can just imagine an employee switching off the cam and shouting over the cubicle partition, “I’m going to get a cuppa. Want anything?”

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