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Confusion over oBike ad as Melbourne applicants required to be fluent in English … and ‘local language’

by CyclingTips

Singapore-based bike-sharing company oBike has caused confusion and some smiles with an oBike job ad which was recently posted. The advertisement listed 20 features it would like its Melbourne-based public relations and communication manager to have.

Amongst those, it said that the ideal candidate would “continue to grow REVENUES and RIDERSHIP!!!” and have “entrepreneurial DNA and fear tolerance of a honey-badger.” It said that they would also have ‘fluency in English and local language.’

Having a little fun with the announcement, The Age has pondered if the company was perhaps referring to Woiwurrung, the language of the Wurundjeri First Nations people of Melbourne.

However Angeline Tan, oBikes regional public relations manager, has clarified things. “It means that the person should be able to speak Australian English in order to better understand local nuances and dialects,” she said.

The company is trying to turn around what has been a difficult introduction of the service in June. Bikes have been thrashed, thrown in rivers and vandalised in other ways.

Click through to read the full story at The Age.