Get Creamed on the Resort Beaches of France

France, Offbeat — By Ben Van Loon on April 30, 2010 at 10:23 am

In most circumstances, the ability to spread suntan lotion ranks low on the list of employable skill, unless you’re spending this summer beaching in France. The Atlantic resort at Les Sables-d’Olonne, a mere four-hour drive Southeast of Paris, recently posted a job online seeking out two likable and “qualified” young individuals to assist with all things crème solaire.

The resort, apparently reputed for other endearing publicity stunts, opened the applications on April 12th, and will be looking for their two ideal “creamers” until the end of the search, which concludes on May 26th. Within days of the posting, hundreds of applications had been received, all of which require a CV and a 45-second video detailing why they are the most qualified person for the job. If employed, the creamer will make around €850 ($1,160) a week, something which may indeed qualify as “Le job de l’été”, or “the job of the summer.”

The competition, while practically focused on employability, is just as much a fun ploy in publicity, much like the recent ‘Best Job in the World’ posted by an Irish Tourism company, which paid a lucky young couple to travel around the world and review vacation spots and the original ‘Best Job in the World’ in Queensland.

The contest in France is not all fun and games, however. Sponsored by Garnier Fructis, it will be the responsibility of the creamer to seek out unprotected skin, encourage and aid in sun tan dispersion, and inform the vulnerable tanners of the benefits of ample sun protection. It’s not clear if tipping your creamer is encouraged, but it always pays to be safe, and if you don’t trust a stranger’s hands, it’s a good reminder to always be prepared – I cream your back, you cream mine?

[Beach image: Questenfrance.com]

Tags: Best Job in the World, creamers, france, Garnier Fructis, Les Sables-d'Olonne, sunblock

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