Boss who posted job ad saying ‘retards not needed’ apologises for offense

A boss who posted a job advertisement that said “retards not needed” has apologised after being swamped with criticism.

Border Eggs chief James MacLean, 42, posted the shocking messages on Facebook in a bid to find five “hard working individuals”.

He was met with a backlash after he included the outdated and offensive term in his appeal, The Daily Record reported.

The horrific post read: “Right. Going to try again, retards not needed, decent hard-working individuals yes!

"Jobs available! The amount of how much ye paying and how little can I do for that Facebook messages I have received…"

He invited applicants to tell him “a bit about yourself, not your criminal career as one d******d sent me”.

Customers have since called for a boycott of the business, which is based in the Scottish Borders.

The insulting post went viral after he put it up on Tuesday evening.

The job advert was intended to find new workers to care for chickens and collect eggs at the business.

One resident, who asked not be named, said: “I feel that in a time when we are trying to squash the stigma around mental health and disability these comments have no place in our society, especially by a large employer like Border Eggs.”

Another person who saw the post branded it “disgusting” and demanded a public apology for those with family members with learning difficulties.

Mr MacLean has since offered an embarrassed apology.

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He said: “I am deeply apologetic. I’m ashamed and embarrassed and wish I’d never done it.

“I didn’t set out to offend anyone. I didn’t set out to write a hateful post.

“Someone took a screenshot of it and, very sadly, a lady with a disabled child saw that and posted about it.

“I immediately got in touch with the lady. I apologised to her and said I didn’t mean to offend.”

James said he’d decided to take down the post then put up an apology after realising it had been widely shared.

He added: “I didn’t want lots of people getting in touch that didn’t really want a job.

“It wasn’t written in malice. It was just sitting down after a long day at work, saying please get in touch if you want a job, but saying ‘no idiots’ but using the wrong word.

“This wasn’t the viewpoint of Border Eggs. This was me, tired, writing on my own personal Facebook page.”

Border Eggs supports The Grove School in Berwick Upon Tweed which teaches children with special educational needs.

MacLean said he had apologised to the headmistress after a visit to the school.

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