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Let's be honest - as soon as there's a smidgen of sunshine, our first thought is one of two things: the location of the nearest beer garden, and whether the Co-op will still have disposable barbecues in stock.
The latter is only given consideration when the beer garden is out of the window, of course. Basically, this is what I'm saying: We like the pub. A lot. So why not become a professional pub-tester?
Like me, you're probably thinking I reckon I'm already classed as a professional pub-tester. Well, OK, but what if you could actually get paid to do it? GAME CHANGER.
Getting paid to have a beer is little more than a pipedream though, isn't it? Well, not any more - Serve Legal, which manages age restriction and media compliance testing up and down the UK, will pay you to do 'audits' to your local pubs, in exchange for your time in making sure that the venues are acknowledging their 'Think 25' ID policies.
As well as pubs, other places you may be asked to 'test' include your local supermarkets, bookmakers, racecourses, cinemas and more. So essentially, you can be paid to do a whole host of activities that you might well have been doing anyway. Who can argue with that?
Pint, eight-fold accumulator, pint. Sounds like a shift best suited to a Monday.
The job works by assigning a certain number of 'audits', and then all you have to do is head to the venue, order the age-restricted product requested - this may be alcohol or cigarettes, or may involve you placing a bet, for example - and check that you get IDed for your purchase. Well, if they're doing their job correctly, that is.
At the end of every audit, you have to submit a short report about the venue and whether you were queried about your age. Serve Legal will pay you for your time (in a pay-per-audit rate) as well as any travel expenses, and you get to keep everything that you buy.
So, what are the requirements? Well, as it's age-restriction testing, the company require you to be aged either 18 or 19 to be a certified 'age-tester'. Basically, you've gotta look a little baby-faced because you can't expect 64-year-old Margaret to be getting asked for ID now, can you?
However, if you're over 19 but still like the sound of getting paid to 'mystery shop', then the company also offers a wide range of other 'audits' that aren't dependent on age too.
These include completing customer service audits to casinos, making sure vouchers are handed out with products, and even going to pubs to check what they're showing on their TV screens. If it sounds easy, it's because it is.
David Sharples, one of Serve Legal's Area Managers, explains: "I think what really attracts our 'auditors' to come to work for us is the fact that they can get paid for doing what they might do anyway.
"For example, they might be planning on heading to a certain pub, but if they can get paid for doing that, just for doing some age restriction testing while they're there - then why wouldn't they?"
Mr Sharples continued: "It really is as rewarding as it sounds. There are so many different types of testing that we do, that I think people get really excited when they hear about us.
"The work offered is flexible and works around what our auditors want to do, which is attractive to people who are in education or possibly even other part-time jobs. However, some auditors do make this their full-time job, as the work is so well-paid and available."
Serve Legal are currently recruiting for 'pub-testers' (ages 18-19) as well as non-age-restricted auditors (age 20+) across the whole of the UK.
Interested? You can submit your application here, and can expect to hear back from Serve Legal within the coming days.
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