Bait and Switch Ads
(Teresa G. writes...)
I have had several jobs with camp sites but it has come to my attention that of late there are many camp owners that aren't being quite true to their ads. They advertise their ads for a single person or couple who will work 20 hours for their site, but when you apply for the job then it becomes 20 hours a piece for the site and then pay half on your electric and half for propane.
Frankly, I am getting tired of the misleading ads. I believe that the workcampers need to watch out for these ads. I would like the owners of the camp grounds to be honest with their ads and quit trying to mislead us.
Coleen, could you please print this so everyone will watch for these ads? Please don't let them con you.
Coleen, the working while RVing editor replies:
I totally agree with you that campground owners/managers should be living up to what they promise in their ads.
That said, the problem is often one of taking things for granted, rather than of campground owners trying to con RVers.
When you inquire about a position, be sure to ask plenty of questions. Your interpretation of the ad may or may not match that of the employer. I'm not saying that every campground owner is honest, however, in many cases it is a matter of perspective. Employers see things differently than employees.
Following is are some examples:
An ad indicates that there is a full hook up site for the work camper, what does that mean? Does it mean the campground owner is going to include paid utilities as part of the compensation? Does it mean those utilities are there and the work camper will be charged for them whether or not he uses them? Does it mean the work camper has the option to use them if he wants -- and to pay for them if he does? Some RVers won't stay anywhere they don't have full hook ups, so knowing if full hook ups are available is important, regardless of whether or not they are part of the compensation package.
And then, there is the whole issue of what all is included in "full hook ups." Are they limited to water, sewer, and electricity? Is cable TV included? What about other premium TV options? Is wifi or other Internet access included as a utility? What about a telephone line? If you include any of these as utilities, do you expect them to be paid? Or, are you happy to know wifi is available at your site and you would be willing to pay a fee for it?
Ask these kinds of questions. Don't assume you know what the employer was thinking when he wrote the ad.
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