Over the weekend, "social demographer" Bernard Salt opened a new chapter in the never ending war between baby boomers and the ~youth of today~.
Most of it was pretty standard ranting (milk crate furniture, hipster cafes, etc) but then he came for young people's brunch.
I have seen young people order smashed avocado with crumbled feta on five-grain toasted bread at $22 a pop and more. I can afford to eat this for lunch because I am middle-aged and have raised my family. But how can young people afford to eat like this? Shouldn't they be economising by eating at home? How often are they eating out? Twenty-two dollars several times a week could go towards a deposit on a house.
NOT THE SMASHED AVOCADO AND FETTA ON TOAST!
People were pretty quick to remind Salt that house prices in Australia right now are beyond absurd.
Saving up for a house meant a lot of smashed avos.
Like, if you lived only on $22 smashed avo meals (which, by the way, is too expensive and you shouldn't order it from the menu) you could have a deposit in nine more years.
There were some who wanted to remind people that it might be a good idea to live in another state.
But brunch culture is important.
There were people who were resolute in their brunch plans.
Even the argument doesn't really fly: young people are saving more.
Salt had made a powerful enemy of the avocado-eating millennials of Australia who can't afford property.
Remember, sure, the gap between incomes and house prices is the largest it has EVER been.
But it's definitely young people wasting their brunch money that is the problem.
Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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