Job Ad for Paintball Target Gets 10K Replies

UK company says it's overwhelmed by responses
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2015 8:02 AM CST
Job Ad for Paintball Target Gets 10K Replies
Help wanted.   (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

(Newser) – It's not every help-wanted ad that asks, "Do you have a relatively high pain threshold?" But that didn't stop more than 10,000 people from applying anyway, reports AFP. The job in question? Human paintball target. The British company UKPaintball has stopped accepting applications to become an "official bullet tester" after posting this ad and getting deluged with responses. "The job will essentially involve being shot at with every new batch of paint bullets to ensure that all health and safety checks are in place before we can use them on the general public and paying customers," it reads. Some "bruising" can be expected.

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Most applicants were from the UK, but people from the US, Canada, and India also are in the running. The Telegraph takes note of this hopeful in particular: "I'm a rugby player and I used to play airsoft without protection so I know physical pain. I can also break watermelon with my head." While Sky News likes the "ex-magician's assistant who was once almost shot for real in an illusion that went horribly wrong." One reason for the attention is probably headlines highlighting a salary of about $60,000 a year. But applicants might be disappointed to find out they wouldn't be making that much: This is a part-time job, and the number of hours isn't specified. The $60,000 figure is the amount they'd make if it were full time. (The new year is a good time to get a handle on your net worth.)

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