Indiana Dollar Tree manager loses job after posting sign lamenting Gen Z work ethic


An Indiana Dollar Tree manager has sparked controversy after he posted a ‘hiring in progress’ sign in the store, bemoaning Gen Z’s work ethic and saying ‘only’ baby boomers should apply for a position in the store.

“HIRING NOW! *Baby Boomers ONLY, thank you!” the aide wanted to read the sign, according to WNDU.

The sign was displayed at the Dollar Tree location in Bremen, Indiana in late April. It was taken down, but photos of the sign quickly gained attention on social media.

“I apologize for shutting us AGAIN,” the sign read, according to WNDU. “My 2 new cashiers quit because I said their boyfriends couldn’t stay here their whole shift.”


“Don’t hire Gen Z. They don’t know what the job really means,” the panel continued. Generation Z generally refers to people born between 1997 and 2012.

FILE – Dollar Tree discount variety store front.

“You’re going to have people from all groups who are lazy and hard working. I’m sure when the baby boomers were young they were probably called lazy too, and that continues from generation to generation,” a customer said. by Dollar Tree. Lindsay Berger told WNDU.

A Dollar Tree representative said the company was aware of the sign and said it was not condoned by the company before it was posted.

“We are aware that an unauthorized sign was displayed in our store for a brief period. The handwritten message was absolutely not endorsed or condoned by our company,” said Randy Guiler, vice president and investor relations. of Dollar Tree, Inc., the outlet says.

The manager is no longer employed by the company.

“People just need to be nice and understand other people’s situations. You don’t always know what’s going on in someone else’s life, and it’s not just about you. showing compassion to others,” said Bremen resident Elizabeth Wily.

Social media commentators raised concerns about the sign discriminating against potential employees based on age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits employers from discriminating against people over 40, but does not protect people under 40.

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