Though I'd love to credit her for it, the phrase "Nobody wants to work anymore" has long been a mating call for business owners trying to shame the public into a working relationship. And most recently, researcher Paul Fairie shared just how long the phrase has been tormenting workers — totaling at least 128 years, as catalogued through obnoxious newspaper clippings:
1.One newspaper clip purported that 1 in 5 execs think "nobody wants to work" in 2022, but I'm curious about the salary ranges offered for these positions.
2.In 2014, some person was quoted saying "Nobody want to work anymore. It has not always been that way." (Spoiler alert, the guy recorded saying the same thing in the 1800s would disagree.)
3.This person couldn't believe no one wanted to do their home improvements, but conveniently left out how much they were paying.
4.This person is 1999 contradicted themselves by claiming "nobody wants to work" and then immediately going, "they all want to work in front of a computer and make lots of money."
5.This guy hired two boys to clear rocks off his farm...and though I can't confirm their ages, the word "boys" has me lookin' sideways at some child labor laws.
6.This guy was anonymously quoted as "disgusted businessman" and it's interesting that he didn't want to put his name behind his words.
7.This clip talks about a TV segment titled "How It Feels To Be Poor" and another called "Nobody Wants To Work Anymore," and there should be a third in the series called "Maybe We Can Kill Two Birds With One Stone By Paying Livable Wages."
8.This person in 1952 said everybody was getting "too darn lazy."
9.This governor forced prisoners to do a hospital's laundry to save on cost and then called citizens lazy for not having enough money to pay for the laundry bill instead.
10.This orchard couldn't find people to pick apples and peaches...and I can't imagine how much someone was being offered to pick apples and peaches in 1937.
11.This 1922 clipping claims people want to be paid more to goof off half the time.
12.This guy blamed food scarcity on women not wanting to churn butter.
13.I see your "none want to work for wages" and raise you the question, "What is the wage?"
14.And finally, this guy was more concerned about how he'd get his coal next winter than the mine workers striking against their working conditions:
Welp, it looks like it's been over a century since people have been blaming workers instead of the businesses who are supposed to attract them. Hate this for us.