Santino’s Pizzeria in Columbus, Ohio has garnered social media buzz after posting signs reading, “Now Hiring Non-Stupid People.”
“It’s more humor than anything,” Santino’s co-owner Jayden Donigan told CBS News. “It’s not meant to target anyone or be rude.”
Donigan stated that “finding good help has been difficult,” leading her and her family to post the two signs outside the store two months ago. She said new employees had little to no worth ethic.
According to CBS affiliate WBNS, a manager at Santino’s, Heather Stockton, stated that she is just trying to look for a new employee who is “just reliable, on time, just, don’t come to work in like sandals.” She also commented on how people would not show up for job interviews and take their job seriously enough.
Restaurants nationwide are currently facing a hiring crisis due in part to low salaries and offering little to no benefits.
According to the Washington Post, a lot of would-be food service workers are instead opting for better high-paying jobs in other industries.
Natasha Fox, an Ohio resident who went to the restaurant and saw the sign last week, stated, “I get where they’re coming from (but) I don’t think it’s a bad idea,” adding, “You want someone working here who’s going to comprehend what’s being ordered.”