Joe Bartley, an 89-year-old job seeker from Paignton, UK, is making headlines for a classified ad he recently took out in the Torquay Herald Express. Bartley, an 89-year-old veteran and widower, says he was "bored stiff" sitting home alone all day since he retired. That's why he decided to get back in the work force by placing an ad. But that ad, drenched in old-school British charm, has reached way more people than he ever expected.
The ad reads:
Senior citizen 89 seeks employment in Paignton area. 20hrs+ per week. Still able to clean, light gardening, DIY and anything.
I have references. Old soldier, airborne forces.
Save me from dying of boredom!
Realizing what a gem they had on their hands, the Herald Express sent reporters out to interview Bartley. They found a man who, despite his age, had every bit of the sharpness and work ethic that served him so well as a radio technician for the airborne forces.
Bartley's story quickly began enchanting people all over the world. And now, local businesses are lining up to offer him a job. He's already had offers from cafes and supermarkets, but he's understandably weighing his options. Joe Bartley is nobody's fool. But he is looking forward to seeing people again, working with his hands, and not having to rely on government handouts.
Is it too late for us to hire him? He could probably write a mean ecard.