A Dollar Tree manager has vented his frustration with the younger generation by posting a handwritten ‘help wanted’ sign in the window of the store, asking for “baby boomers only” for their work ethic.
The sign read: “I apologize for us closing AGAIN. My 2 new cashiers quit because I said their boyfriends couldn’t stand here for their entire shift. Don’t hire Gen Z’s. They don’t know what work actually means. NOW HIRING! *Baby Boomers ONLY, thanks!”
— Orwell & Goode (@OrwellNGoode) April 21, 2022
The group referred to as “Gen Z” includes anyone born between 1997 and 2012.
The manager has allegedly been fired from the American discount chain after images of the sign circulated on social media, sparking a controversial debate.
“Young people are LAZY & NOT reliable! Speaking from experience,” wrote a TikTok user.
“Most of the teenagers I’ve worked with the last few years have been really hard working. They’re just hiring the wrong ones,” wrote another.
“The problem with this generation is that many struggle with common sense, initiative, and multitasking. They like a lot of money for little effort,” one person wrote.
Recent research by National Seniors Australia (NSA) found that many pensioners would, in fact, like to get back into the workforce.
The survey found that of the screened 4000 senior Australians, 20 per cent would consider returning to the workforce.
“This is going to be a gamechanger for the Australian economy… @mckellar_andrew and @JAWestacott and all the business leaders… they all say this.”
-Our chief advocate @IanHenschke on the right for pensioners to choose to work. #LetPensionersWork https://t.co/NDwic5KTtD
— National Seniors Australia (@NationalSeniors) April 14, 2022
NSA CEO and Director of Research, Professor John McCallum, said: “Many seniors are struggling to make ends meet on the pension but the pension rules are a strong disincentive to do paid work. This traps pensioners at low quality of life including too many in poverty.”
The NSA has been advocating for the Federal Government to make employment income exempt from affecting the pension to help pensioners cope with the rising cost of living.
Under current legislation, Australians receiving the age pension are only able to work a certain amount before their payments are reduced.