HR Strange But True!
July 16, 2004

We all know that HR is never dull. But sometimes it can get downright strange...

Not so hard after all to get good help

Who would want to work for an outfit called Crime Scene Cleaners? After all, as the San Francisco Chronicle describes it, the job entails "cleaning up the horrors of death," as in "puddles of blood, oozing body fluids, rotting flesh and their stains, stink and maggots."

But as it turns out, company founder and owner Neal Smither doesn't even have to advertise for employees--in fact, he turns away applicants. One reason for that, according to the Chronicle, is the pay: $100 to $200 a day. Another is that Smither appears to be a good boss. He told the Chronicle that he wouldn't ask any employee to do anything he hasn't or wouldn't do himself.

Which, of course, requires a strong stomach. But Smither has made his pay off. At age 36, he has a $1 million-plus house on a golf course, thanks to a business that last year grossed (no pun intended) $7 million. He has 218 employees in offices in 18 states.

He also is a high-school dropout who got the idea for his business after watching a grisly murder scene in the movie, "Pulp Fiction," and wondering, "Who does do the cleanup after murders and suicides and accidents and stuff?"

Since then, Smither has been called in to clean up after virtually every major crime or accident in the Bay area. "If it's been in the headlines," he told the Chronicle, "we were there."

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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