Dollar Tree manager loses job after controversial ‘help wanted’ sign goes viral

BREMEN, Ind. (WNDU/Gray News) – A Dollar Tree store in Indiana has come under fire after its then-manager posted a “request for help” sign that some called controversial and discriminatory.

WNDU reports that a store manager recently put up a hiring sign after two young employees left.

The handwritten sign read:

“I apologize for us closing AGAIN. My 2 new cashiers quit because I said their boyfriends can’t stay here their entire shift. Don’t hire Gen Z. They don’t know not what the job actually means.WE’RE HIRING!*Baby Boomers ONLY, thanks!

The Pew Research Center defines Generation Z as anyone born between 1997 and 2012 and the baby boomer generation includes anyone born between 1946 and 1964.

The sign has since been taken down, but it had been there long enough for potential customers to share photos and gain attention on social media.

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

Dollar Tree has been made aware of the director’s sign and has released the following statement:

“We are aware that an unauthorized sign was displayed in our store for a brief period. The handwritten message has absolutely not been endorsed or condoned by our company.

Additionally, Dollar Tree representatives said the director was no longer employed by the company.

Federal law prohibits employment discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, color, and veteran status.

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