A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from July 07, 2021
“The employee shortage is so bad that long haired freaky people can now apply”

"And the sign said ‘Long-haired freaky people need not apply’” is from the song “Signs” (1971) by the Canadian rock group Five Man Electrical Band. However, in 2021 there were labor shortages.

“I heard the employee shortage is so bad they lettin’ long haired freaky people apply” was posted on Facebook by Richard Cox on May 15, 2021. “I heard the employee shortage is so bad they lettin’ long haired freaky people apply” was posted on Twitter by The Organic Entrepreneurs on May 15, 2021. “There’s such a labor shortage they’re letting long haired freaky people apply” was posted on Twitter by Bob Golen on May 16, 2021. “I hear the employee shortage is so bad, that they are letting long-haired, freaky people apply” was posted on Twitter by ProudArmyBrat on May 16, 2021.

The joke has been printed on many signs.


Wikipedia: Signs (Five Man Electrical Band song)
“Signs” is a song by the Canadian rock group Five Man Electrical Band. It was written by the band’s frontman, Les Emmerson and popularized the relatively unknown band, who recorded it for their first album, Good-byes and Butterflies, in 1970 (the LP Five Man Electrical Band is actually The Staccatos album which Brian Rading, the band’s bassist, suggested as their name change). “Signs” was originally released that year as the B-side to the relatively unsuccessful single “Hello Melinda Goodbye” (#55 Canada).

Genius (lyrics)
Signs
Five Man Electrical Band
Produced by Dallas Smith (producer)
Release Date January 1, 1971
[Verse 1]
And the sign said “Long-haired freaky people
Need not apply”
So I tucked my hair up under my hat
And I went in to ask him why
He said “You look like a fine upstanding young man
I think you’ll do”
So I took off my hat, I said “Imagine that
Huh! Me workin’ for you!”
Whoa-oh-oh

[Chorus]
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery
Breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that
Can’t you read the sign?

YouTube
Signs - The Five Man Electrical Band 1971
Jan 18, 2016
60s70sTheBest
“Signs”, by Canadian rock group The Five Man Electrical Band (formerly The Staccatos), was written by lead vocalist Les Emmerson. It was released as a B-side single in 1970 from their “Good-byes and Butterflies” album and then re-released as an A-side single in 1971 where it reached #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart who ranked it as the No. 24 song for that year. It is reported to have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, earning a gold award, and has become the band’s signature recording. The lyrics are intended to give voice to those without power or property rights, which in many cases were young people.

Facebook
Richard Cox
May 15, 2021 at 5:21 PM ·
I hear the employee shortage is so bad, that they are letting long-haired, freaky people apply!

Twitter
The Organic Entrepreneurs
@HippieHodler
I heard the employee shortage is so bad they lettin’ long haired freaky people apply..
5:46 PM · May 15, 2021·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Bob Golen
@BobGolen
There’s such a labor shortage they’re letting long haired freaky people apply.
6:58 PM · May 16, 2021·Twitter Web App

Twitter
ProudArmyBrat
@leslibless
I hear the employee shortage is so bad, that they are letting long-haired, freaky people apply..
..some may not get this..
7:11 PM · May 16, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Trey
@Tsauro
Saw this on a meme today and it made me laugh....oh, and also listen to the song.
“Due to the current employee shortage, long haired freaky people may now apply”.
Signs - The Five Man Electrical Band 1971
“Signs”, by Canadian rock group The Five Man Electrical Band (formerly The Staccatos), was written by lead vocalist Les Emmerson. It was released as a B-side…
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10:07 PM · May 17, 2021·Twitter Web App

Twitter
CAN’T LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO MAKE THEM ALL
@DebraUbel
THE EMPLOYEE SHORTAGE IS SO BAD THAT LONG HAIRED FREAKY PEOPLE CAN NOW APPLY https://en.dopl3r.com/memes/1196566/ via
@MemesDopl3r
THE EMPLOYEE SHORTAGE IS SO BAD THAT LONG HAIRED FREAKY PEOPLE CAN NOW APPLY
THE EMPLOYEE SHORTAGE IS SO BAD THAT LONG HAIRED FREAKY PEOPLE CAN NOW APPLY - dopl3r.com
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1:46 PM · May 19, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Tweet Editor
@einfreakinstein
The Labor Shortage Is So Bad They Are Now Encouraging Long Haired, Freaky People To Apply.
6:30 PM · May 20, 2021·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Jim Payne
@BlackhorseCav85
Sign at fast food restaurant in NC: “Due to the workforce shortage, long-haired freaky people may apply”
5:28 PM · May 28, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
beneaththesurface
@beneaththesur10
Got a chuckle this morning. Drive past a store and outside was a hiring sign that said…
“The labor shortage is so great, Long haired, freaky people can apply.”
8:14 AM · May 30, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Swedish Canary
@SwedishCanary
And the sign said the employee shortage so bad that long-haired freaky people may apply no need to tuck your hair up under your hat. No need to ask why.
Sign, sign
Everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery
Breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that
Can’t you read the sign?
1:24 PM · Jun 27, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Vicki Felmlee, Published Writer
@lilhistorian
Who “gets” this?
(The following text is shown on a sign.—ed.)
THE EMPLOYEE SHORTAGE
IS SO BAD THAT
LONG HAIRED FREAKY PEOPLE
CAN NOW APPLY!
12:13 AM · Jul 2, 2021·Twitter Web App

Facebook
im not right in the head.com added a new photo to the album: THE NOT RIGHT JOB CENTER.
July 7, 2021 at 2:26 PM ·
Shared by Kenneth Wright
Boomers should especially appreciate this one.
(The following text is shown on a sign.—ed.)
THE EMPLOYEE SHORTAGE
IS SO BAD THAT
LONG HAIRED FREAKY PEOPLE
CAN NOW APPLY!

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Wednesday, July 07, 2021 • Permalink