Business' Hiring Sign Asks for "Baby Boomers Only," Blasts Gen Z for Not "Knowing What Work Actually Means"

Mustafa Gatollari - Author
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Apr. 29 2023, Updated 9:54 a.m. ET

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There's no shortage of articles on the internet and posts from business owners lambasting Generation Z for being lazy, entitled, emotionally unstable, and being inclined to laud self-victimization as some type of personal virtue as opposed to toughing out uncomfortable situations and working to establish a future for themselves.

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However, there are many who would argue that the last bit may have more to do with the fact that with the way the economy is headed, it's becoming increasingly difficult for more Americans to own anything of real value, like land. This leads to the argument: why work so hard for something when you know you probably aren't going to be able to own it anyway when the chips are stacked against you where the cost of living is increasing so much that inflation is constantly outpacing salary increases.

But generational beefs aren't anything new, and there are plenty of instances where Gen Z-ers and Boomers have gone head to head with one another. Now, a recent hiring sign that's making the rounds on Reddit has stoked the fires of this dispute once again.

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Hiring Sign Blasts Gen-Z Workers Who Quit, Causing Store to Close
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The image appears to be a screengrab from the @Univers_Lover Twitter account, which went viral on Reddit's r/antiwork sub. User @Adelu1219, posted the picture, which shows a sign in front of a business that apologizes to its customers for being closed "again" because of the store's inability to staff it appropriately.

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The sign calls out Gen Z employees for not knowing the definition of work and that they're only willing to hand a paycheck over to "baby boomers."

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It reads: "I apologize for 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."

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The second part of the sign reads: "Now hiring! * Baby Boomers only thanks."

@Universe_Lover found the sign to be ironic, writing: "they love to say being a cashier isn't a real job and it should be done by teenagers then get all p---- when the teenagers act like teenagers."

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Others didn't couldn't understand the logic of the store owner, writing: "HEY you’re a baby boomer! I’m a baby boomer! Work for me and I’ll pay you minimum wage and we can talk all day about how great our generation is"

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Others penned their own sardonic comments from the viewpoint of the boss, writing: "Ha ha, just kidding. Go scrub the toilets, if you have time to lean you have time to clean! Meanwhile, I am going to go drop off todays earnings and then go fishing on my boat. What a hard work life I have. Goodluck!"

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Another wrote: "I need you to close tonight and open tomorrow. I'll be in around 11 to see how you're doing."

But then there were those who pointed out that Boomers are this point in time are either retirees "or dead at this point."

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Perhaps the store owner was referring to Gen-Xers? Or maybe millennials with a different type of work ethic?

What do you think? Are you a Gen-Z'er who believes that the assessment in your age group are lazy and entitled? Or do you just outright refuse to work for someone if you aren't getting paid what you believe you deserve for your labor?

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