A Pizza Hut branch in Surrey has provoked outrage by posting a job advert for “decent good looking girls”.
The Leatherhead branch of the chain put an advert on Gumtree last month for drivers and receptionists.
“Pizza Hut Leatherhead looking for full time and part time car drivers. Need to have your own car,” it said.
“We are also looking for a decent good looking girls (sic) for reception. That role is just part time.”
It was up for three weeks before being removed when a screen shot of the advert started circulating on social media and a complaint was made to the company’s head office.
Jackie Quinn, the president of the town’s chamber of commerce, told the Leatherhead Advertiser the employee who wrote the description should be fired.
“It's not acceptable to be sexist, they could have put good looking girls or boys but they didn't even do that,” she told the newspaper.
“As a woman in business I've had this sort of thing happen to me and you do get used to it but it doesn't make it right and in a professional company it shouldn't be allowed to happen…I would like to see their head on a block and they should be made an example of because, in this day and age, it's unacceptable and the company should have procedures in place to have kept that from happening.”
A spokesperson for Pizza Hut said it had not pre-approved the advert, which was written by an individual member of staff at a franchised branch.
"We do not condone this advertisement, which goes against the guidelines, policies and practices of Pizza Hut," she added.
"It was an individual error of judgment from an employee, which was quickly taken down, and the issue is now being managed internally.
"We do not tolerate any discrimination of any kind and are committed to creating equal opportunities in a safe working environment."
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