Exploitative or a fair trade for services?

Winston writes: “Exploitative rental offers free lodging in exchange for a servant”

The Craigslist ad says:



Great opportunity for an intern or recent college grad with good knowledge of Marketing and that can cook delicious breakfasts. We are looking for one (1) person to help in our bed and breakfast in exchange for free rent, etc.

TO APPLY, please forward Items 1 and 2 below:
1) Resume (list school, jobs, and dates attended.
2) Cover Letter explaining why you are interested in this job, what is your current living, school and job situation, how long do you plan to be in DC, how well can you cook breakfast, and how much marketing experience do you have.

Rent Free — a Private Furnished Room with 1 Single Bed, Dresser, Armoire, Small Fridge, Utilities, Cable TV, Cleaning Products, WiFi, Laundry.

Someone that is punctual, responsible, dependable, honest, hardworking, energetic, detail oriented, able to multitask with perfectly spoken and written English. We give preference to college graduates with marketing and hospitality experience, with good breakfast cooking skills.



MORNING SHIFT – 7 am to 11 am every other Saturday and Sunday.
Prepare/serve breakfast, check-in/check-out guests, process emails/reservations, post to social media.

5:30 pm to 10:30 pm every other Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Post to social media, blog weekly, update marketing related reports, Check-in/Check-out guests, process reservations, and emails. Must be able to help carry guest’s luggage up the stairs. We do not have an elevator.

A Non-Smoker, excellent spoken and written English, conservative manners/dressing, lots of energy, energetic, must be able to multitask, be detail oriented, organized, responsible, very dependable, kind, friendly, outgoing, honest, punctual, conscientious, clean/neat.

You must be able to cook at least 2 breakfast specials every other weekend. We offer Breakfast Specials such as egg Benedict, quiches, crepes, potato casserole, frittatas, freshly baked muffins, scones, etc. You must know how to cook for this to work.

Must come in for a morning and evening try out.

Perfect situation for interns, recent college graduates, and researchers.

We are looking for someone that can stay at least (1) year.

We require a $250 deposit and you must sign a Resident Innkeeper Agreement prior to moving in.

No Pets.

No Parking.

No Entertaining of friends or family at the guest house.

No storage available

Please DO NOT call to inquire about the job — We will respond to emails ONLY.

We are located 10 minutes walk to the Dupont Circle Metro station on the RED line.

Our resident innkeepers normally hold a full-time job outside the guest house or are full-time students.

We may require a drug test and background check.

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