Members of a popular forum were keen to pounce on disgruntled business owners after a netizen drew attention to cases of blatant hypocrisy.
In a viral Reddit post published on r/antiwork, Redditor u/dsdvbguutres (aka the original poster or OP) offered a trio of allegorical examples of rising consumer costs and equated the stories with the plight of understaffed employers, who often complain that “no one wants to work anymore”.
The post, titled “No one wants to sell more wood,” received almost 16,000 votes and 95 percent upvotes in the last day.
When they wrote that they recently visited the lumberyards, the original poster said they were offering $8 for a 4ft by 8ft sheet of 3/4 inch thick plywood and were immediately closed as this sheet of plywood is currently selling for more than $80.
“Well, a sheet of plywood isn’t even worth $8 to me, but nobody wants to sell lumber anymore,” OP mused sarcastically.
Next, the original poster said they stopped at the gas station and offered to pay $2 a gallon, but they encountered the same reaction as during their plywood debacle.
“They told me to move away,” OP wrote. “The same thing happened at three different gas stations. A gallon of gas isn’t even worth it [two] Dollars to me, I’ve been generous, but no one wants to sell gas anymore.”
After all, the original poster said they were hungry but were quickly disappointed when they couldn’t buy lunch for just a few bucks.
“I stopped by the burger joint and wanted to buy a $3 hamburger but they wouldn’t give me one,” the OP wrote. “You won’t believe it, but literally no burger joint has ever sold me a three-dollar burger.”
“No one wants to sell burgers anymore,” OP added, repeating himself.
Over the past two years, employers in the United States have complained about a “labor shortage” and often bemoaned the fact that younger generations simply “don’t want to work.”
The perceived labor shortage, in part the result of more than a million COVID-related deaths in the US, can also be attributed to the Great Retreat, which saw more American workers quit 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 workers resigning each month since October 2021, grievances about the workforce have become more prevalent, often taking the form of crudely written notes posted on the shop windows of understaffed facilities.
Just in the last few months news week has reported numerous employers who put up scathing, handwritten signs in front of their businesses, including one that put a Dollar Tree executive out of work in Indiana and one that was aimed directly at workers in Wyoming.
“TEMPORARILY CLOSED BECAUSE NO STAFF AVAILABLE,” read the sign. “WE’RE HIRING BUT NOBODY SEEMS TO WORK IN WYOMING.”
Throughout the comments section of the viral post, Redditors acknowledged the parallels between the original poster’s thinking about wood and the current employment landscape, and joined in the mockery by offering a host of other hypocritical, labor-related statements and complaints.
“Have you tried using a firm handshake, winning smile, can-do attitude, and professional-looking font on your lumber order?” Redditor u/AbacusWizard quipped.
“If the wood took on maybe $150,000 in student debt, it might be worth $10, but the wood’s work ethic these days[?] I mean come on,” added Redditor u/JackPhantomOfficial sarcastically.
In one of the top comments on the post, which garnered more than 3,000 votes, Redditor u/Halve_Liter_Jan jokingly offered a possible solution to the original poster’s wood puzzle.
“Have you tried throwing a pizza party yet?” they questioned.
“Sounds like you forgot to tell them you’re like family,” chipped in Redditor u/darthanders, receiving more than 3,600 votes. “That’s on you.”
However, Redditor u/Pays_in_snakes provided the viral thread’s “2022” response.
“Has the wood even considered the experience and exposure it will receive?” they questioned.
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