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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wanted: "Handyman" w/ Benefits

"Job Title: cleaning, handyman type stuff (downtown)

Date: 2012-03-06, 6:00PM CST

I need a bit of cleaning, possibly painting odd jobs done at my condo. I'm gay male, looking for gay friendly guy or other gay male. Hoping for regular help, but if you want to just try it out once, that's good too. Compensation: negotiable"

The job poster must be desperate for assistance because his Craigslist post indicates a lack of qualified workers or volunteers within his circle of friends to perform simple cleaning and painting jobs. Then again, this ad might be a front for sexual solicitation. Considering that the job poster wants only homosexual men to apply to his “cleaning, handyman-type” job and is okay “if you want to just try it out once” for “negotiable” compensation, I infer that this “job” vacancy is actually an impersonal “personals” ad more appropriate for the “casual encounters” section of Craigslist. The job poster wants male applicants who swing his way so that they’ll accept a roll in the sheets in lieu of cash for payment.

I have to wonder whether “painting odd jobs” includes body painting and whether “cleaning” entails a sponge bath. To his credit, the job poster seems to be open to applicant personality: If the applicant isn’t a “friendly guy,” then he’ll accept some “other (unfriendly) gay male.”

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