An 89-year-old war veteran has gone viral and been inundated with job offers after posting an ad looking for work to save him from “dying of boredom”.
Joe Bartley from Devon, UK, retired 6 years ago. But, after the death of his wife two years ago, he was bored and lonely and decided unemployment wasn’t for him.
Joe posted an ad in his local newspaper, hoping to find a part-time job that would occupy his time and give him a chance to meet new people.
The ad reads:
Work wanted. 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!
“I miss my wife dreadfully, and when you live on your own there is no one to speak to,” said Joe, “Since she died I’ve moved into a flat and it’s a big block. Once you walk into that flat it’s like solitary confinement.”
Joe Bartley. 89 wants a job, why? Bored stiff since his wife died and wants to come off benefit and pay his own rent! What a soldier. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/FfOpM2sGZM
— Jon Bahadur (@jon_bahadur) November 30, 2016
Joe served in the armed forces for 11 years, and now believes that a job would help him feel more like himself again.
“I would feel more like Joe — now I don’t feel like Joe because I’ve got to depend on the council for rent and everything else.”
“I wanted at least 20 hours and then I can cover the rent. I get housing support, which is great, but I want to be my own man and pay my own way.”
And since Joe’s ad went viral, he’s been offered hundreds of jobs from people all around the UK.
— ITV News (@itvnews) November 28, 2016
He’s still thinking about which job he’ll choose, and for now he’s just adjusting to the media attention.
“[I’m] rather chuffed. The thing that has always kept me going is my sense of humor. I like a laugh — and I like a happy ending.”