When Rober De Niro and Anne Hathaway came together in the 2015 Nancy Meyers film The Intern, people loved it. Not only because of beautiful relationship between the intern, De Niro and boss Hathaway, but also for the fact that it played on the idea that retirement need not be the end of professional life as many know it.
Well, it seems from reel to real life, we have found our hero – an 89-year-old army veteran who posted a newspaper ad looking job as he was extremely bored. Joe Bartley placed an ad in a daily saying, “Senior citizen 89 seeks employment in Paignton area. 20hrs+ per week. Still able to clean, light gardening, DIY and anything.” And, at the end, he added, “Save me from dying boredom!”
He placed his ad in the Herald Express, which got in touch with the retired army man to inquire further. “My wife died two years ago and I can’t get used to living on my own and doing nothing. I am so fed up of being here stuck with nothing to do. There is only so much TV you can watch or books to read. I am still very capable of doing light menial work. I want a purpose to go out and the pride of having a job to go to five or six days a week.”
He found some odd jobs but wants to look for permanent employment so that he could earn and pay his own rent.
Bartley’s ad has gone viral and his phone has been buzzing with job offers. He has got offers from a few cafés and bars nearby as well as from the local Tesco store.
— Herald Express (@TQHeraldExpress) November 29, 2016
Bartley served in the army for almost 20 years and later worked as a painter and sign-writer.