Labor shortage hits florists: "We will hire anyone that shows up"

The owner of a flower store in San Francisco says he will hire "anyone that shows up" as businesses across the US continues to struggle to find staff. Andrei Abramov, who owns French Tulip Flowers in Noe Valley, told that he and his girlfriend are currently the store's only employees and that they work all day, every day.

Abramov said that the shop previously had two other employees who recently left: One retired and the other opened his own shop. Abramov stuck a sign up in the store's window that says: "We are hiring anyone that shows up."

The US is suffering from a labor shortage amid record quit rates and a drop in job applicants. Americans say the pandemic has given them the opportunity to think about what they want from their workplace and they are now looking for roles with better wages, benefits, and working conditions. 

Retail workers have also cited rude customers and fears of catching Covid-19 as reasons for quitting their jobs or switching industries. Companies say they are desperate to hire, and many are lowering their employment criteria to make more job seekers eligible. Some, like French Tulip Flowers, have said they will take on anyone to plug their staffing shortages. "We will literally hire anyone," a pizzeria in Alabama said in a Facebook post in August. "If you're on unemployment and can't find a job, call us; we'll hire you."

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