“I’m here to work, not to pick up girls.”

Gruneberg asked for a position as the club’s swimming instructor, to which Voyenne gleefully produced a picture of four beautiful women clad in swimsuits. “What do you think?” he asked. “I’m here to work, not to pick up girls,” replied Gruenberg—and with that he had passed the test.

From an article in Monocle magazine’s Mediterraneo newspaper (issue 09), about Pierre Gruneberg, an 84-year old swimming instructor at the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat in France, when he was interviewed by the hotel’s then-director, André Voyenne in 1950.  There’s a time to work and a time to ogle beautiful women (or men), and a good employer appreciates an employee who knows the difference.

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