And hey, maybe it’s you that has the problem. Not them.
“The job ad is honest and transparent and on top of the cash compensation the person who fills the role will gain some amazing work and life experience,” the couple told SFGATE over email. “Those who are offended by an offer for willful, voluntary employment ought to check their own entitlement.”
The personal assistant ad gainedfameontheInternet early Wednesday after it was posted on Craigslist. The specific details of the employers’ lives, coupled with a long list of desired qualities made it sound like the posters were looking for a personal assistant-ninja-dogsitter-beautician, some complained. (Or as one person wrote, a “combo of Mary Poppins/Jason Bourne.”) The ad, of course, spread across social media quickly with plenty of people (including us) wondering … is this couple real?
The couple allegedly behind the ad reached back via email to answer questions Wednesday night, and have since updated the ad to confirm a few details about themselves.
And it seems that despite the numerous employee requirements and desired qualities, that ad has found its audience. The couple confirmed that they have already received “several” applications.
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The ad has evolved since the first iteration was posted to Craigslist. Most noticeably, the compensation has been lowered from $25-30/hour, and is now $15-35/hour (“due to high demand,” the ad now reads).
“If the market doesn’t produce one good candidate, perhaps we’ll hire two, or double the salary offer,” the emailer wrote. “We are not without options.”
In case you’re wondering if this is the first time the couple has ever had a personal assistant, the emailer assured us it’s not. They’ve had personal assistants in the past, but it seems that what led to this posting was “just the realization that our to-do list was getting longer and our downtime was getting shorter.”
Despite the fact that the couple said they would prefer to keep a low profile, as of Thursday’s version of the listing, the poster has updated the ad to quell speculation about their occupation. For those wondering, the poster claims to work in biotech.
“To put it simply,” the ad reads, “we design drugs that encourage the immune system to attack tumors.”
And lastly, the dog is okay. The ad states the 40-pound dog needs to be carried up several flights of stairs, possibly rescued during its ocean swims, and potential assistants should be “willing and happy” to clean up dog vomit and/or diarrhea.
The owners cheekily updated: “The dog has a better life than we have — s/he is doing fine (not sure which gender they identify with).”
Update: Ars Technica business editor Cyrus Farivar also reached the couple in question and notified us to his own exchange with them, with some lengthier answers to questions about the ad.
“Unfortunately, none of the hate mail had any helpful criticism,” the couple told Farivar. “It was all along the lines of ‘I’m too good for that job at that price’ or ‘you should get a wife’ or ‘you are terrible people.’ I think all reflective of either jealousy, sexism or entitlement.”