hot pot restaurant has been accused of shameless promotion after posting a recruitment poster seeking to hire graduates from top universities as waiters.
The newly-opened restaurant in the Henan capital of Zhengzhou is purportedly aiming to hire 10 servers who will each be paid an annual salary of upwards of 200,000 yuan ($29,000) — more than triple the average salary in the city. The catch is that candidates have to be between the ages of 20 to 30 and have a degree from one of China’s most prestigious institutes of higher learning.
On Chinese social media, the poster has gone viral with netizens wondering just what a top university degree has to do with being a good waiter and accusing the restaurant of simply trying to generate hype for its opening.
In response to this criticism, a manager has claimed that his restaurant’s motives are completely pure. “A restaurant waiter is not someone to look down on, the occupation is not ‘low,’ every person and organization has the right to pursue their dreams,” the manager said, explaining that the restaurant hopes to grow by building a team made up of high-end talents.
It’s worth noting that the restaurant has a strong scholastic theme, taking the name “985 Hot Pot College.” In China, “985” refers to an elite group of 39 of the country’s best universities, including Peking University, Tsinghua University, and Fudan University. The name comes from an education initiative that was launched by Jiang Zemin on May 4th, 1998.