Antiques expert leaves smoker fuming after job advert states 'must be non-smoker' (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Antiques expert leaves smoker fuming after job advert states 'must be non-smoker'
10:33am Thursday 1st November 2012 in News
WHAT started out as an innocent advert for part-time staff placed in a shop window resulted in TV antiques expert David Harper being accused of discrimination by an angry jobseeker.
Mr Harper stuck a card in the door window of his antiques business in The Bank, Barnard Castle, advertising for people to help out in both the shop and its newly-opened tea room.
The business is based in a four-storey grade-II listed building and Mr Harper’s advert stated: “Part-time staff. Washing up and cleaning in tea room and antique shop. Must be non-smoker and fit! 4 floors to cover with lots of running upstairs!”
He said a woman who read the sign had been standing outside smoking a cigarette.
“She stubbed it out on the floor and came in to inquire about the job vacancy. I assumed she must be applying for someone else.
“I told her what it entailed and when I said we didn’t want a smoker, she accused me of discriminating against smokers, stormed out and slammed the door.”
Mr Harper, a familiar face on TV shows such as Bargain Hunt and The Antiques Road Trip, has run his business in Barnard Castle for more than 15 years.