Avocado Toast Meme Millionaire Says Workers Are ‘Arrogant’ Post-COVID, Wishes for 50% Unemployment Rate

Tim Gurner previously said millennials can't afford homes because they buy too much avocado toast, now he thinks people have "been paid a lot to do not too much."

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Millionaire Australian home developer Tim Gurner once gained infamy for suggesting millennials can't afford homes because they buy too much avocado toast. Now he thinks they're too "arrogant" and get paid too much.

During a recent Financial Review Property Summit, the property tycoon and Gurner Group founder made another speech in which he showed how ghoulish he can be. “People have decided they really didn’t want to work so much anymore through COVID and that has had a massive issue on productivity,” said Gurner in a clip that has now gone viral. "Tradies have definitely pulled back on productivity. They have been paid a lot to do not too much in the last few years."

Gurner, who got his start with loans from his boss and rich grandfather, thinks that unemployment should rise because workers realize the value they bring to their employer.

“We need to see unemployment rise,” Gurner said. “Unemployment needs to jump 40-50 percent in my view. We need to see pain in the economy. We need to remind people that they work for the employer, not the other way around. There’s been a systematic change where employees feel the employer is extremely lucky to have them, as opposed to the other way around. So, it's a dynamic that has to change. We've got to kill that attitude and that has to come through hurting the economy."

Gurner Group founder Tim Gurner tells the Financial Review Property Summit workers have become "arrogant" since COVID and "We've got to kill that attitude." https://t.co/lcX3CCxGuj pic.twitter.com/f9HK2YZRRE

— Financial Review (@FinancialReview) September 12, 2023
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In an interview on 60 Minutes in May 2017, Gurner perfected the image of out-of-touch millionaires when he said, "When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn't buying smashed avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each." Gurner has never faced a day of financial hardship in his life, but we all know that's because he doesn't eat avocado toast, duh. It has nothing to do with that loan his grandfather gave him. Nothing at all.

Understandably, Gurner's latest comments, which exemplify the levels of greed among the corporations that continue to profit off of other's labor, have caused something of a furor online. Even Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chimed in. "Reminder that major CEOs have skyrocketed their own pay so much that the ratio of CEO-to-worker pay is now at some of the highest levels *ever* recorded," she tweeted.

Reminder that major CEOs have skyrocketed their own pay so much that the ratio of CEO-to-worker pay is now at some of the highest levels *ever* recorded. https://t.co/MCvsICsZce

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 12, 2023
Twitter: @AOC

Others highlighted how shameless Gurner's comments are. Reactions on social media appear to suggest that the 41-year-old Gurner, who is said to have a net worth as high as $929 million, might actually be the one who gets paid too much "to do not too much."

Wow. Quiet part out loud.
Capitalism raw and uncensored? https://t.co/WiH6Y16SW3

— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) September 12, 2023
Twitter: @mehdirhasan

i like teaching lefty theory as much as the next guy but I can rarely do better at explaining the connection between capital and social-political domination than just pointing at what the guys with the capital do and say https://t.co/6nuBCGXtem

— Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò (@OlufemiOTaiwo) September 12, 2023
Twitter: @OlufemiOTaiwo

Couldn't script a better distillation of why capital hates tight labor markets and full employment. Also lol at "Property Summit." https://t.co/U0FjZtEqhT

— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 12, 2023
Twitter: @chrislhayes

Evil Neil Patrick Harris has thoughts https://t.co/i1Uax2MiT7

— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) September 12, 2023
Twitter: @ElieNYC

I don't know that I've seen the utter disdain for workers put quite so explicitly. Thank you for the absolute clarity on capitalism. https://t.co/nHlDiNmpSJ

— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) September 13, 2023
Twitter: @nhannahjones

Chomsky was really poppin off when he said that everything the ruling class communicates in private is just Marxism, but with the values reversed. https://t.co/O48VKQ8vUq

— Jeremy Flood 🌹 (@_Floodlight) September 12, 2023
Twitter: @_Floodlight

This is sick and sickening. Such a reflection of the moral crisis that the love of money and power causes. https://t.co/oFURrw135c

— Be A King (@BerniceKing) September 13, 2023
Twitter: @BerniceKing

Tim Gurner avoiding “pain in the economy” while also saying “we need pain in the economy … workers are arrogant” and complaining about boomers not downsizing while he himself is like a one man plague of greed and narcissim https://t.co/yREIfWWY7x pic.twitter.com/whVFcCrOEl

— Sarah Climate🦜Deep ecology. Biocentrist🌳🎀😷 (@clearticulation) September 12, 2023
Twitter: @clearticulation

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