Stuart Napper caused controversy on Twitter after putting out a job request for a “young lad” for a roofing job, but he says he was “just trying to find a young lad to give him a decent start” and would “absolutely” take a young woman if she applied for the job.
Mr Napper tweeted: “Looking for a young lad who wants a job. Roofing, in the Stansted area.
“Driving licence would be good but not essential. No lazy little **** who wants £100 a day and sits on their phones.
“Must have good personal hygiene and no lip. Retweets appreciated.”
‘I have never come across a female roofer’
Stuart Napper and a friend. Image: Stuart Napper/Twitter
Stuart Napper told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “I just don’t know where it has gone mad. I will be fair 97 percent of the people are saying ‘fair play, I don’t get what the problem is’.
“It really is a minority of people that have a problem with it.
“I just thought it was my twitter, I was genuinely just trying to find a young lad to give him a decent start.
“The reason it was a young lad, I’ve been doing it for 23 years and I have never come across a female roofer. By that assumption I just put lad.”
When asked by Julia Hartley-Brewer if he would take a young woman if she applied, Mr Napper said: “Absolutely”.
Julia Hartley-Brewer then asked about if he had had bad experiences before, referring to his tweet asking for no one lazy.
He said: “We had a lad come in, and we stopped for tea at 10am so we had done two hours work and he said ‘I can’t go back out’.
“He says ‘I am done, I can’t do anymore’ and that was it, he sat in the van for the rest of the day and would not get out.”