Roofer accused of sexism after trying to hire a male apprentice

A builder has been accused of sexism after advertising for a male apprentice on Twitter.

Stuart Napper, from Essex, took to the social media site on Monday to share an advert for a roofer to work for him, specifying that he was ‘looking for a young lad’.

The father-of-six wrote: ‘Looking for a young lad who wants a job. Roofing. In the Stansted area. Driving licence be good but not essential. No lazy little sh**s who want £100 a day and sit on their phones. Must have good personal hygiene and no lip. Re tweets appreciated.’

And users quickly flooded the tweet, which has since received almost 6,000 retweets and likes, with comments slamming him for not including women in his job profile. 

However, others took a rather more humorous approach, hitting back with hilarious comments poking fun at the sexism row.

Builder Stuart Napper, a father-of-six from Essex, has been accused of sexism after advertising for a male apprentice - with Twitter users slamming him for appearing to exclude women (seen with wife Rachael Lee)

Builder Stuart Napper, a father-of-six from Essex, has been accused of sexism after advertising for a male apprentice - with Twitter users slamming him for appearing to exclude women (seen with wife Rachael Lee)

Builder Stuart Napper, a father-of-six from Essex, has been accused of sexism after advertising for a male apprentice – with Twitter users slamming him for appearing to exclude women (seen with wife Rachael Lee)

The father-of-six wrote on Monday: 'Looking for a young lad who wants a job. Roofing. In the Stansted area. Driving licence be good but not essential. No lazy little sh**s who want £100 a day and sit on their phones. Must have good personal hygiene and no lip. Re tweets appreciated'.

The father-of-six wrote on Monday: 'Looking for a young lad who wants a job. Roofing. In the Stansted area. Driving licence be good but not essential. No lazy little sh**s who want £100 a day and sit on their phones. Must have good personal hygiene and no lip. Re tweets appreciated'.

The father-of-six wrote on Monday: ‘Looking for a young lad who wants a job. Roofing. In the Stansted area. Driving licence be good but not essential. No lazy little sh**s who want £100 a day and sit on their phones. Must have good personal hygiene and no lip. Re tweets appreciated’.

Kicking off the lively thread by questioning why he was excluding female applications, one woman replied: ‘I may be misreading the thread and if so I apologise but it does read as if you really will only consider men for the role.

‘An initial ad that’s badly worded who cares but seems odd you never clarified?’

Not mincing his words, Stuart explained that most women do not have the physical strength needed to work on a building site.

He replied: ‘Yes will only consider males. Unless the woman is a world class body builder she won’t be able to lift half the stuff. Not sexist just fact. I got 4 daughters so I’m all about equal rights etc etc but sometimes women can’t do it.’

However others took a more humorous approach to his ad, with one woman responding: CV 'I'm not great with heights, or ladders. I'm definitely not young... or a lad... but omg I'd make an amazing roofer (is this something to do with a roof?) Did I get the job?'

However others took a more humorous approach to his ad, with one woman responding: CV 'I'm not great with heights, or ladders. I'm definitely not young... or a lad... but omg I'd make an amazing roofer (is this something to do with a roof?) Did I get the job?'

However others took a more humorous approach to his ad, with one woman responding: CV ‘I’m not great with heights, or ladders. I’m definitely not young… or a lad… but omg I’d make an amazing roofer (is this something to do with a roof?) Did I get the job?’

And another accused the builder of gender discrimination, writing: ‘What’s wrong with a young woman? You know that’s in breach of the law don’t you? Widen your search, you might be pleasantly surprised what women are capable of.’

But not backing down Stuart hit back with: ‘You know any women who can carry 60kg up a ladder then a roof?? Send them my way and I’ll happily employ them.’

Meanwhile, one woman warned him that he could face a fine for discrimination, tweeting: ‘Before you find yourself in too much trouble..speaking as a female farmer!

‘An advert that indicates that only people of one sex are eligible for selection is discriminatory and unlawful, unless an occupational requirement applies. Does it?’

Users quickly flooded the tweet, which has since received almost 6,000 retweets and likes, with comments slamming him for not including women in his job profile

Users quickly flooded the tweet, which has since received almost 6,000 retweets and likes, with comments slamming him for not including women in his job profile

Users quickly flooded the tweet, which has since received almost 6,000 retweets and likes, with comments slamming him for not including women in his job profile

Weighing in on the argument one woman suggested he look at the language he uses when addressing females.

She wrote: ‘I recently finished a course in home maintenance and DIY. 2 women, 12 men. The women were repeatedly addressed as ‘girls’ or ‘ladies’ and there seemed to be an expectation that not only were we incompetent but stupid too. The teacher needed equality training. Give it a whirl.’

But Stuart was unimpressed, questioning: ‘Wtf is wrong with addressing females as girls or ladies? Jesus Christ (sic)’.

Arguing her point further, the follower replied: ‘Men and women are adult human beings. Using language that neither infantalises or suggests a particular kind of behaviour is more appropriate in the workplace. ‘

Another accused the builder of gender discrimination, writing: 'What's wrong with a young woman? You know that's in breach of the law don't you? Widen your search, you might be pleasantly surprised what women are capable of'.

Another accused the builder of gender discrimination, writing: 'What's wrong with a young woman? You know that's in breach of the law don't you? Widen your search, you might be pleasantly surprised what women are capable of'.

Another accused the builder of gender discrimination, writing: ‘What’s wrong with a young woman? You know that’s in breach of the law don’t you? Widen your search, you might be pleasantly surprised what women are capable of’.

However, others took a more humorous approach to his ad, with one woman responding: ‘I’m not great with heights, or ladders. I’m definitely not young… or a lad… but omg I’d make an amazing roofer (is this something to do with a roof?) Did I get the job?’

Another woman added: ‘What about an older lass, slightly nutty, not afraid of heights but hate driving the m25, oops that’s me out then’.

And sharing pictures of herself on the roof, one woman wrote: ‘No woman in their right mind would want to be a roofer Susan. And before you ask.’ 

'I don't want a wet blanket- my boss used to go mental at me and it didn't do me any harm': Stuart defended the tone of this tweet in an impassioned response

'I don't want a wet blanket- my boss used to go mental at me and it didn't do me any harm': Stuart defended the tone of this tweet in an impassioned response

‘I don’t want a wet blanket- my boss used to go mental at me and it didn’t do me any harm’: Stuart defended the tone of this tweet in an impassioned response

Others took a more humorous approach. Sharing pictures of herself on the roof, one woman wrote: 'No woman in their right mind would want to be a roofer Susan. And before you ask.'

Others took a more humorous approach. Sharing pictures of herself on the roof, one woman wrote: 'No woman in their right mind would want to be a roofer Susan. And before you ask.'

Others took a more humorous approach. Sharing pictures of herself on the roof, one woman wrote: ‘No woman in their right mind would want to be a roofer Susan. And before you ask.’

One man added: ‘Oh but when the woman hear a noise down stairs at night do they go down and check? Do they f***. They cry to a bloke and say ‘oh your the man you go see’ You want gender equality don’t whine to a man to do a job you might break your finger nails on. Earn your equality.’

Another tweeted: ‘Will there be wheelchair access?’

Adding heat to the fire, one man even wrote: ‘Keep them in he kitchen where they belong’.  

But others branded his advert ‘unwelcoming’, questioning why he couldn’t have written it in a more ‘positive’ fashion.

Meanwhile one woman warned him that he could face a fine for discrimination, tweeting: 'Before you find yourself in too much trouble..but I'm speaking as a female farmer!'

Meanwhile one woman warned him that he could face a fine for discrimination, tweeting: 'Before you find yourself in too much trouble..but I'm speaking as a female farmer!'

Meanwhile one woman warned him that he could face a fine for discrimination, tweeting: ‘Before you find yourself in too much trouble..but I’m speaking as a female farmer!’

But replying to further criticism on his attitude, Stuart tweeted: ‘I actually am [a delight]. Finish a few hourly early still pay a full day, want subs throughout the week I do that. And anything else to help them out. Just fed up with smelly lazy little f***ers. You wanna work, cool I’ll look after you.’

And re’plying to a follower who accused him of ‘not encouraging applications’, Stuart wrote: I’m not pussy footing around anyone mate. Is what it is. 

‘I don’t want some wet blanket who as soon as I tell them they messed up (in a positive way) they start crying and never come back. It’s life. My boss used to go mental at me on a daily basis and it didn’t do me any harm.’

But others showed their support for the builder, writing: ‘Came across this accidentally, cannot believe where it has gone to,what a ridiculous situation social media has led us to. Bloke wants a hard working lad and willing to pay him and its ‘sexist’ ‘cr** boss’.

Another added: ‘This has to be one of the funniest threads I’ve seen on Twitter for a while. This is what job ads used to be like before the pc brigade took over! Good luck finding your next employee.’

Others took a more humorous approach, with one writing: 'I can only do sheds as I get dizzy in a thick pair of socks. Can I just pass the slates up to you?'

Others took a more humorous approach, with one writing: 'I can only do sheds as I get dizzy in a thick pair of socks. Can I just pass the slates up to you?'

Others took a more humorous approach, with one writing: ‘I can only do sheds as I get dizzy in a thick pair of socks. Can I just pass the slates up to you?’

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