Internet Mocks Employers With "Nobody Wants To Sell Lumber Anymore" Joke

Members of a popular forum were eager to pile onto disgruntled business owners after one internet user called attention to cases of blatant hypocrisy.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/antiwork, Redditor u/dsdvbguutres (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) offered a trio of allegorical examples of rising consumer costs and equated the stories to the plight of understaffed employers who often complain that "nobody wants to work anymore."

Titled, "Nobody wants to sell lumber anymore," the post has received nearly 16,000 votes and 95 percent upvotes in the last day.

Writing that they recently visited the lumber yards, the original poster said they offered $8 for a 4-foot-by-8-foot sheet of ¾-inch thick plywood and were promptly shut down, as that sheet of plywood currently sells for more than $80.

"Well, a sheet of plywood is not even worth 8 dollars to me, but nobody wants to sell lumber anymore," OP sarcastically mused.

Next, the original poster said they stopped at the gas station, and offered to pay $2 per gallon but were met with the same reaction they received during their plywood debacle.

"They told me to move away," OP wrote. "Same thing happened at three different gas stations. A gallon of gas is not even worth [two] bucks to me, I was being generous but nobody wants to sell fuel anymore."

Finally, the original poster said they were hungry but were quickly disappointed when they were unable to purchase lunch for just a few dollars.

"I stopped by the burger place and wanted to buy a hamburger for $3 but they didn't let me have one," OP wrote. "You won't believe it but literally no burger place sold me a burger for three dollars."

"Nobody wants to sell burgers anymore," OP added, echoing themselves.

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Members of Reddit's r/antiwork forum jumped to share their least favorite work-related hypocrisies after one user sarcastically complained about the cost of lumber. Animaflora/iStock / Getty Images Plus

For the last two years, employers across the United States have complained about a "labor shortage," often lamenting the fact that younger generations simply "don't want to work."

The perceived labor shortage, partially the result of more than one million COVID-related deaths in the U.S., can also be attributed to the Great Resignation, which has seen more American workers have quit their jobs than at any other point in the country's history, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

With more than four million employees quitting their jobs every month since October 2021, complaints about the workforce have become more frequent and have often come in the form of crudely-written notes posted in front windows of understaffed establishments.

In the last few months alone, Newsweek has reported on numerous employers who have posted scathing, handwritten signs in front of their business, including one which left a Dollar Tree manager in Indiana without a job and another aimed directly at workers in Wyoming.

"TEMPORARILY CLOSED BECAUSE NO STAFF IS AVAILABLE," the sign read. "WE ARE HIRING BUT NO ONE IN WYOMING SEEMS TO WANT TO WORK."

Throughout the viral post's comment section, Redditors acknowledged the parallels between the original poster's musings about lumber and the current employment landscape, and joined in the mockery, offering a slew of other hypocritical, work-related statements and complaints.

"Have you tried using a firm handshake, a winning smile, a can-do attitude, and a professional-looking font on your lumber order?" Redditor u/AbacusWizard quipped.

"Maybe if the lumber took on $150,000 in student debt, it might be worth $10, but the work ethic of lumber these days[?] I mean come on," Redditor u/JackPhantomOfficial added, sarcastically.

In one of the post's top comment, which has received more than 3,000 votes, Redditor u/Halve_Liter_Jan jokingly offered a potential solution for the original poster's lumber conundrum.

"Have you tried throwing a pizza party?" they questioned.

"Sounds like you forgot to tell them you're like family," Redditor u/darthanders chimed in, receiving more than 3,600 votes. "That's on you."

Redditor u/Pays_in_snakes, however, offered the most "2022" response of the viral thread.

"Has the lumber even considered the experience and exposure it'll receive?" they questioned.