A ROLLER DISCO has been slammed as a ‘disgrace’ after it posted an advert for actors to perform in a Halloween show in exchange for a £10 gift voucher.
DX’s Rollerworld and Quasar circulated an advert on Facebook last week encouraging actors to sign up to a two-week event called ‘The Dark — Ultimate Scare Experience’, working up to 14 five-hour shifts in exchange for a £10 voucher for each shift.
Outlining that performers would be required to work from 6pm to 11pm for up two weeks, the ad said that Rollerworld ‘will be generously offering £10 Rollerworld credit for each night’ — the equivalent of £2 roller skating credit per hour.
It added: ‘If you do every night that’s £140 to spend in Rollerworld on skating, food and drinks, anything you like!’
The advert was quickly shared on social media, where it was blasted by members of the acting community as a ‘disgrace’, prompting Rollerworld to delete its Twitter account.
The party venue, in Colchester, Essex, also deleted the advert after they got slammed online.
Critics were quick to point out that paying its workers in store credit would violate the National Minimum Wage Act, which stipulates that people aged 25 and over must be paid at least £8.21 per hour.
Tom Stocks, a 27-year-old actor from Manchester, said: ‘I actually thought it was a joke when I first read it.
‘Imagine working somewhere like Gregg’s and just getting paid in Steak Bakes.’
Tickets for the Halloween event — an interactive maze with actors — cost £22.50.
Skating at Rollerworld usually costs £9.90 per person, while the venue’s cafe serves food including burgers, chicken nuggets and jacket potatoes.
Soon after the advert circulated on social media, the event’s Facebook page was flooded with complaints about Rollerworld’s apparent refusal to pay its staff.
Nick Wyschna called for the company to be ‘closed down’, and Rob Gregory added that ‘the scariest thing about this place is not paying your staff’.
Another, Sophie Meredith, denounced Rollerworld’s ‘absolutely disgusting practice’. She added: ‘Pay your actors.’
Rollerworld denied that its actors would only be paid in credit, instead insisting that any in-store credit was ‘in addition to any wages’.
A spokesman for Rollerworld apologised for any offence caused and that all of its staff were paid their ‘full wages in pounds sterling’.
It added: ‘The post communicated our intentions and practices badly and was easily susceptible to misunderstanding. It understandably caused a considerable amount of upset which was no intended, and the offending post was promptly removed.’