Gromit gig accused of height discrimination

A Government-funded science centre has been accused of height discrimination after turning down anyone over 5ft 6ins for a job dressing up as a cartoon character.

The Glasgow Science Centre…advertised for a £5.93-an-hour ‘casual worker’ to promote a Wallace and Gromit exhibition.

Prospective candidates…must be between 5ft 3ins and 5ft 6ins tall, ruling out most of the male population.

The £2m ‘World of Cracking Ideas’ exhibition, which runs until November 30 this year, was first held at the Science Museum in London and is billed as a ‘fabulous interactive exhibition stuffed full of crazy innovation’…

The Science Centre advert states: “The role will involve wearing a Gromit costume, greeting visitors and promoting the exhibition…

One hopeful applicant, who did not want to be named, but stands at 5ft 7ins tall, said he was ‘furious’ after being given short-shrift by science centre bosses who told him he ‘had to be of a height between 5ft 3ins and 5ft 6ins’.

A spokesman for the Glasgow Science Museum said it had interviewed both male and female candidates for the job and said that the height restriction was due to the size of Gromit’s costume…

“Our advertisement for actors mentions a height restriction. This is due to the size of the costume that must be worn.”

Offer him an alternative job wearing a woman’s size 2 thong. Jogging. See if he quits before he saws himself in half.

2 thoughts on “Gromit gig accused of height discrimination

  1. honorarynewfie says:

    “Prospective candidates…must be between 5ft 3ins and 5ft 6ins tall, ruling out most of the male population.”

    Not so, after all the job is in Glasgow.
    And if there are no suitable applicants in Glasgow then they’d be queueing up for it in Dundee.

  2. Morey says:

    Ah.. finally we have a job– one single job– open only to short people, and suddenly it is discrimination. I love it.

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