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Cambridge Student Ben Cronin Rejected For Punting Job As 'Too Ugly'

03/06/2013 14:53 BST

A student has been left "humiliated" after being rejected for a punting job in Cambridge because he was not good-looking enough.

Psychology student Ben Cronin was laughed at by a member of staff at a Scudamore's, a local punting company, who told him: "'Sorry mate, you have to be good looking to do this job," he alleges.

"I wanted the ground to swallow me up. I felt so humiliated," the Anglia Ruskin University student told the Daily Mail.

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Ben Cronin was "humiliated" after being discouraged for applying for a punting job

The 20-year-old student said the incident had put him off punting for life, and had damaged his self-confidence. "It has made us feel really unconfident about how we look," he added. "I have low self-esteem issues anyway so to hear that from a stranger was even worse than hearing it from a friend."

Rob Ingersent, general manager of the punting company in question said: "The alleged comment is not something we endorse, as we recruit purely on the basis of work criteria and individual merit."

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Scudamore's offers river tours by "professional chauffeurs in straw boaters and waistcoats".

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