Lost In Translation

Thanks to our anonymous submitter for this highly avoidable job!

So… call them stay-at-home moms, or housewives, or homemakers, or even mommy-bloggers… but we’d suggest you don’t call them this:

You know, all those ‘sitting-at-home mothers’, with their bonbons and their daytime TV and their valium and their CONSTANT SITTING. Come ON, mothers. Try standing! Or leaning! What about a brisk walk, or a jaunty somersault once in a while? Would it kill you to try out a gentle jog, or even a casual stroll? Seriously.

Juggling Mom

We’ll go ahead and infer what you were inadequately attempting to imply (that you are hiring sitting-at-home-mothers to work for YOU, not hiring people to work for THEM, as your headline would make it sound.)

You continue:

It is a truly great thing when job postings start out by saying simply, “Hello.” It is not at all weird, and in no way reminds anyone of a certain creepy, bizarre Lionel Richie song.**

BONUS: When that ‘hello’ comes from someone with the email address “VacancyMaster.” That is classy, professional, and not at all disturbing!

DOUBLE BONUS: When the description of your company is as vague as a sullen teenager’s small talk, and twice as dumb.

Wow. OK. Well, I love perspective for my career! And two things are immediately clear upon reading this ad.

1) It is a scam.

2) It was translated, badly, from its original language. Probably using a highly inadequate online translation widget. The text has obviously come a long way from its original tongue: perhaps Ukraninian to Chinese to Klingon to French and finally ending up in what we might nominally call “English.”


  • The bizarrely specific age range for this completely fake job. Why limit yourselves, scammers? Don’t 18 year olds deserve to be taken in by your weird pyramid scheme? Don’t senior citizens have every right (nay, obligation!) to fall prey to your dishonest business practices and nonsensical job offers? For shame. Broaden the net! Trap those Olds!
  • The hilarious idea that any “honest and bright” person without experience of any kind has ever made $100/hr doing something that wasn’t illegal, immoral, imprudent, or highly unpleasant.
  • The bizarre line break that makes it look like you are threatening the reader: “cooperate with us because this job will not take a lot of your time.” What happens if we do not cooperate?????

You can read the full post here if you need to.

Sitting-at-home-mothers: stay seated, and avoid this job.


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4 Responses to Lost In Translation

  1. Short Round says:

    I also like that they claim to be “the leader in the supply of goods from the U.S. to European countries.” I mean, I guess that could be true—I don’t really know much about intercontinental goods-supply—but it’s a deceptively bold claim, isn’t it? Not a leader: the leader. And what goods? In the absence of more specifics, one can only assume…all goods? They’ve done well for themselves in the six years they’ve been around.

  2. Thank goodness I didn’t have to stand up for that nonsense.

  3. Joy Jones says:

    This isn’t a scam exactly. It’s an ad intended to recruit people to accept money from phished accounts, and forward it on to the phishers, using Western Union or similar. Obviously they get busted eventually, so these people will always be recruiting.

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