A San Francisco florist desperate for staff put up a sign saying it's 'hiring anyone that shows up'
Employees are looking for jobs with better pay and benefits.REUTERS / Mike Blake / File Photo
A florist in San Francisco, whose business is understaffed, says he will "hire anyone who shows up".
The owner of French Tulip Flowers told KGO-TV that he and his girlfriend are the only employees.
Companies desperate for new hires have lowered their criteria to question more job seekers.
The owner of a flower shop in San Francisco says he will hire "anyone who shows up" as US companies continue to struggle to find staff.
Andrei Abramov, who owns French Tulip Flowers in Noe Valley, told KGO-TV that he and his girlfriend are currently the only employees in the store and that they work all day every day.
Abramov said the store previously had two other employees who recently left: one retired and the other opened his own store.
Abramov stuck a sign in the shop window that read: "We'll hire anyone who shows up."
"At the moment we take anyone who is willing to learn and stay with us," Abramov told KGO-TV. He didn't immediately respond to Insider's request to comment on how much French Tulip Flowers paid its employees.
The US is suffering from a labor shortage amid record dropping rates and a decline in job applicants. Americans say the pandemic has given them a chance to think about what to expect from their job and they are now looking for roles with better wages, benefits and working conditions.
Retail workers have also cited rude customers and fears of contracting COVID-19 as reasons for quitting their jobs or switching industries.
Companies say they are desperate for new hire, and many are lowering their hiring criteria to question more job seekers.
Some, like French Tulip Flowers, have said they will hire everyone to help address their staffing shortages.
"We're going to be hiring literally everyone," an Alabama pizza place said in a Facebook post in August. "If you are unemployed and can't find a job, give us a call, we'll hire you."
A Virginia restaurant manager said she was so desperate for staff that she had to hire rude people who she believed ultimately scared off customers.
Corporations also hire workers with little or no experience, including the owner of a construction company in Arkansas who said he would pay workers who "have no idea" how to do the job up to $ 20 an hour. Some are also hiring younger employees, like a Canadian Subway and Wing'n It franchisee who said it had already hired 14-year-olds because they were the only ones applying for jobs.
As of May 2020, around 24,780 Americans were employed as flower designers, according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics. The median hourly wage was $ 13.73 and the median annual wage was $ 28,560, according to BLS data.
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