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Would You Let The Goblin King Babysit Your Baby?

30/09/2014 17:05 | Updated 20 May 2015

Would you let the Goblin King babysit your child?

The Goblin King is advertising his babysitting services.

Jareth G. King (David Bowie's character in 1986 cult classic Labyrinth) faces fierce competition in the market for famous film babysitters - with parents more likely to call on the likes of Mary Poppins, Nanny McPhee, or even Mrs Doubtfire.

But Jareth's not going to let a little thing like his reputation as a baby snatcher stop him from drumming up business.

In Labyrinth teenager Sarah (played by Jennifer Connelly) is charged with babysitting her half-brother Toby.

Unhappy with her task, the disgruntled 15-year-old sets about telling Toby a story in which a 'beautiful young girl' is forced by her step mother to look after a 'spoiled baby', so she calls on the help of the Goblin King to take the baby away and free her from her drudgery.

The goblins encourage her, whispering: "Say your right words."

Until finally she says: "I wish the goblins would come take you away right now!" Cue Bowie whisking her brother off to his castle in the Goblin Kingdom.

Apparently not enough frustrated babysitters have been saying 'their right words' recently as the Goblin King has now had to resort to street advertising.

The poster below was spotted sellotaped to a lamppost in downtown Chicago.

Headlined 'Babysitter looking for work' the note reads:

"My name is Jareth G.King. I have been offering my babysitting services since 1986. I assure you that my skills are not for ordinary parent who take care of a screaming baby. [sic - Jareth's grammatical skills leave a little to be desired, so you may not want to hire him if you want your babysitter to help with homework.]

"My office is located in my castle beyond Goblin City. I guarantee our professional relationship will be nothing short of a magic dance to be remembered for all time. I must tell you that I can only watch the child for 13 hours. After that your baby boy becomes ours forever."

So if you fancy embarking on an adventure through the Labyrinth to collect your child from the babysitters then you know what to do: Just say your right words!

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