Popular Twitter user “@takigare3“, dedicated to gossip and show business in Japan, shared an update revealing a strange recruitment call by the owner of a concept-cafe, a way of referring to themed cafeterias such as those of maids or other types. The text of the summons, now removed, writes:
- The hourly wage depends on the owner. If you provide the service the owner wants, the hourly wage will go up. If you do exactly what the owner wants you to do, we’ll raise your hourly wage. No problem, even if you don’t have experience.
- In the interview we will ask you to what extent you can do what the owner wants. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. Of course, the more you can do, the higher your hourly wage will be. If you can do it all, you can start earning between 5,000 and 10,000 yen per hour ($35.62 to $71.24). We are looking for a new employee to join our team.
The call also indicated that, since it was a contract by opening, it would be very easy to integrate socially into the teamthat transportation costs are covered by the companyand that even you can earn salary doing nothing at work, as long as you do what the owner wants at the time. Finally, the summons wrote that there was no problem if the applicant was 17 years old (that is, one year after being of legal age).
Finally, the user also reported that one of his followers actually took the test by sending a job application to said establishment. In a text conversation via smartphone, it can be read that the person in charge asked for photos and then told him that hedo what the owner wants”includes going out to eat, kissing, among “other things”. The girl progressed further in the conversation and asked for an interview, to which she was told a date, time and place, and told that she should go in a skirt or some other revealing outfit.
The conversation ends there, but it could be concluded that the girl only sent those messages to do research and had no intention of actually attending the interview. It’s definitely a very strange call, but it’s also a reflection of what is perhaps the true work environment faced by female workers at themed cafes in Japan.