Three hundred women crowded into Somerset, England, to vie for a job. Most of them had wild hair, pointy big hats and a cackled laugh meant to bring on shivers. A tourist attraction was hiring a witch - at the unusually generous salary of 50,000 British Pounds. Unfortunately for the witches, that was actually going to be pro rata for holidays and events only.
According to one news source, "The job to teach visitors about witchcraft and magic attracted 2,319 applicants, including a London banker, after it was advertised in local newspapers and job centres earlier this month."
Carole Bohanan (see photo), 40, a small town real estate agent, won the position under her witch name Carla Calamity . She said that this wasn't much of a diversion from her day job, since she had to use a bit of witchery magic to move any property in the present market.
The BBC interviewer warned her that she'd have to live in a damp dark cold cave and she responded with a kind of desperate gaiety that, "You know I'm renting at the moment and I have puddles coming up through the flagstones, so I'm pretty used to living in a damp residence. This is probably going to be like living in a palace in comparison."
When a cave is a step up for a working woman, you know that times are rough.