Members of a popular forum were eager to pile on disgruntled business owners after a netizen drew attention to cases of blatant hypocrisy.
In a viral Reddit post posted to r/antiwork, Redditor u/dsdvbguutres (otherwise known as the original poster, or OP) offered a trio of allegorical examples of rising consumer costs and equated the stories with the plight of employers. understaffed who often complain that “no one wants to work anymore”.
Titled “No one wants to sell wood anymore”, the post received almost 16,000 votes and 95% upvotes in the last day.
Writing that they recently visited the lumberyards, the original poster stated that they were offering $8 for a 4ft by 8ft sheet of ¾ inch thick plywood and were quickly shut down, because this sheet of plywood is currently selling for over $80.
“Well, a sheet of plywood isn’t even worth $8 to me, but nobody wants to sell lumber anymore,” OP mused sarcastically.
Then the original poster said they stopped at the gas station and offered to pay $2 a gallon, but were met with the same reaction as their plywood debacle.
“They told me to walk away,” OP wrote. “The same thing happened at three different gas stations. A gallon of gas isn’t even worth it [two] bucks for me, I was generous but nobody wants to sell fuel anymore.”
Finally, the original poster said they were hungry but were quickly disappointed when they couldn’t buy lunch for just a few dollars.
“I stopped at the burger restaurant and wanted to buy a burger for $3 but they wouldn’t let me have one,” OP wrote. “You won’t believe this, but literally no hamburger restaurant sold me a hamburger for three dollars.”
“No one wants to sell burgers anymore,” OP added, echoing each other.
For the past two years, employers across the United States have complained of a “labour shortage”, often lamenting that younger generations “just don’t want to work”.
The perceived labor shortage, in part the result of more than one million COVID-related deaths in the United States, can also be attributed to the Great Resignation, which saw more American workers leave their jobs than at any other time in the country’s history, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
With more than four million employees quitting their jobs every month since October 2021, labor complaints have become more frequent and often come in the form of crudely written notes posted in front of shop windows at undercover establishments. -effective.
In the last few months alone, Newsweek reported numerous employers who posted scathing handwritten signs outside their businesses, including one that left a Dollar Tree executive in Indiana jobless and another aimed directly at workers in Wyoming.
“TEMPORARILY CLOSED BECAUSE NO STAFF AVAILABLE,” the sign read. “WE’RE HIRING BUT NOBODY IN WYOMING SEEMS TO WANT TO WORK.”
Throughout the comments section of the viral post, Redditors acknowledged the parallels between the original poster’s thoughts on lumber and the current employment landscape, and joined in the mockery, offering a bevy other hypocritical work-related statements and complaints.
“Have you tried using a firm handshake, a winning smile, a positive attitude, and a professional-looking font on your wood order?” Redditor u/AbacusWizard joked.
“Maybe if wood took $150,000 in student debt, it might be worth $10, but the woodworking ethic these days[?] I mean come on,” added Redditor u/JackPhantomOfficial, sarcastically.
In one of the post’s top comments, which received over 3,000 votes, Redditor u/Halve_Liter_Jan jokingly offered a potential solution to the original poster’s wood riddle.
“Have you tried throwing a pizza party?” they wondered.
“Looks like you forgot to tell them you’re like family,” added Redditor u/darthanders, receiving over 3,600 votes. “It’s on you.”
Redditor u/Pays_in_snakes, however, offered the most “2022” answer in the viral thread.
“Has Wood even considered the experience and exposure he will receive?” they wondered.