Wanted: Cheerful, chubby men, preferably with fluffy white beards and no criminal record, ready to work hard for one month.And you know what happens when you hire substandard Santas:
Germany is running out of qualified Santa Clauses and needs to recruit and train them fast, a leading job agency says.
Germans are trying to shut out the financial crisis by taking comfort in traditional festivities, and there is an acute shortage of Santas to entertain children at shopping centres, Christmas markets and private parties.
"Being Santa is not an easy job," Jens Wittenberger, in charge of Santa Claus recruitment at the Jobcafe Munich, told Reuters on Monday. "To be honest, not many people have what it takes to be a good Father Christmas".
Tragedy. (Isn't this the most convincing photoshop you've ever seen?)
The story concludes:
Recruitment sessions are being held in cities across the country, and while the job may be stressful, it's better than being jobless, Wittenberger said.Ho Ho Ho! Ho Ho Ho! Ho Ho (chomp) Ho!
"Santas can make up to 60 euros ($75) an hour," he said. "That's not bad, is it?"