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2020-09-27 3:51:36 AM  
Meh, some people just aren't happy unless they're working. I swear that the only reason my dad hasn't retired is that he wouldn't know what to do if he did. He's almost 70 and had an offer to sell his company for a few million about the time he should have been retiring and turned it down. He still works 60-80 hour weeks, down from nearly 100 a decade ago. If he had sold the company I bet he'd be doing something like this just to keep busy.
 
2020-09-27 3:53:55 AM  

robodog: Meh, some people just aren't happy unless they're working. I swear that the only reason my dad hasn't retired is that he wouldn't know what to do if he did. He's almost 70 and had an offer to sell his company for a few million about the time he should have been retiring and turned it down. He still works 60-80 hour weeks, down from nearly 100 a decade ago. If he had sold the company I bet he'd be doing something like this just to keep busy.


TFA clearly states that the only reasons he's working is because his Social Security isn't enough to live on
 
2020-09-27 4:00:02 AM  
Its amazing hes able to do that at 89. Good for him.
 
2020-09-27 4:01:52 AM  

Snapper Carr: TFA clearly states that the only reasons he's working is because his Social Security isn't enough to live on


????
He wants more.
People regularly live on as little as 500 a month.
He probably wants those luxury meds that keep you alive.
 
2020-09-27 4:06:03 AM  
Why the fark are there 89 year old Papa John's drivers?! Shouldn't they be driving for the President?
 
2020-09-27 4:06:54 AM  

waxbeans: Snapper Carr: TFA clearly states that the only reasons he's working is because his Social Security isn't enough to live on

????
He wants more.
People regularly live on as little as 500 a month.
He probably wants those luxury meds that keep you alive.


Was gonna yell then I realized who I replied to. Carry on!!
 
2020-09-27 4:11:48 AM  

waxbeans: Snapper Carr: TFA clearly states that the only reasons he's working is because his Social Security isn't enough to live on

????
He wants more.
People regularly live on as little as 500 a month.
He probably wants those luxury meds that keep you alive.


Be he had Medicare and I was assured giving it to all would solve all our problems.
 
2020-09-27 4:16:09 AM  
I really hope I live long enough to see the house of cards that is our country collapse.
We are sliding into Russia grade treatment of our citizens.
Shut up and work.
 
2020-09-27 4:17:46 AM  

robodog: Meh, some people just aren't happy unless they're working. I swear that the only reason my dad hasn't retired is that he wouldn't know what to do if he did. He's almost 70 and had an offer to sell his company for a few million about the time he should have been retiring and turned it down. He still works 60-80 hour weeks, down from nearly 100 a decade ago. If he had sold the company I bet he'd be doing something like this just to keep busy.


That's going to be me one day.
 
2020-09-27 4:37:24 AM  

New Burner Account: waxbeans: Snapper Carr: TFA clearly states that the only reasons he's working is because his Social Security isn't enough to live on

????
He wants more.
People regularly live on as little as 500 a month.
He probably wants those luxury meds that keep you alive.

Be he had Medicare and I was assured giving it to all would solve all our problems.


Part is free.
Part b is 145 or more if you had it but stopped it and want it back.
C and D also cost.


Not cheap. But not as expensive as cobra.
And cheaper than some plans horrible jobs offer.

Medicare available for purchase for everyone isn't a fix all. It's the least we should do.
 
2020-09-27 4:37:59 AM  

MIRV888: I really hope I live long enough to see the house of cards that is our country collapse.
We are sliding into Russia grade treatment of our citizens.
Shut up and work.


Na more like Mexico
 
2020-09-27 4:38:20 AM  

New Burner Account: waxbeans: Snapper Carr: TFA clearly states that the only reasons he's working is because his Social Security isn't enough to live on

????
He wants more.
People regularly live on as little as 500 a month.
He probably wants those luxury meds that keep you alive.

Be he had Medicare and I was assured giving it to all would solve all our problems.


Soshulizms don't werk!!!
 
2020-09-27 4:39:48 AM  
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2020-09-27 4:47:59 AM  

waxbeans: New Burner Account: waxbeans: Snapper Carr: TFA clearly states that the only reasons he's working is because his Social Security isn't enough to live on

????
He wants more.
People regularly live on as little as 500 a month.
He probably wants those luxury meds that keep you alive.

Be he had Medicare and I was assured giving it to all would solve all our problems.

Part is free.
Part b is 145 or more if you had it but stopped it and want it back.
C and D also cost.


Not cheap. But not as expensive as cobra.
And cheaper than some plans horrible jobs offer.

Medicare available for purchase for everyone isn't a fix all. It's the least we should do.


Medicaid as a default if you have nothing else should be standard. Nothing upfront, just recovery from your estate on death, if you have one. Mileage may vary from state to state, though.
 
2020-09-27 4:48:05 AM  
Now I know what i'll be doing after the next round of lay-offs.
 
2020-09-27 5:27:09 AM  
yeah that headline pretty much sums it up
 
2020-09-27 5:32:50 AM  

MIRV888: I really hope I live long enough to see the house of cards that is our country collapse.
We are sliding into Russia grade treatment of our citizens.
Shut up and work.


Why? Just for spite? I'm nihilistic as fark, but I would only hope the people who voted for it get to see the house of cards. People advocating to switch from a house made of cards to stick, or even bricks don't really deserve to be living in a 3rd world shothole, I mean, America.
 
2020-09-27 5:59:25 AM  
Guess he should have had wealthier parents or pulled harder on his bootstraps.
 
2020-09-27 6:09:10 AM  
That pizza sure as hell didn't get there in 30 minutes or less.
 
2020-09-27 6:35:54 AM  
This is how you do it!
You get bootstrappy!
Instead of leeching off the government!
Government BAD!!
 
2020-09-27 6:45:11 AM  
The real tragedy is that headline got a green.
 
2020-09-27 7:10:18 AM  
Ugh.

In the 1980s I shopped at a discount store that had an older greeter who looked like he'd rather be anywhere else. I don't remember the store, probably Caldor, but I remember his nametag, "Gus."  I hoped never to end up like Gus.
 
2020-09-27 7:10:35 AM  

LaChanz: The real tragedy is that headline got a green.


Does it bother you because it's true, or because you prefer to subscribe to an alternative reality than the rest of us?
 
2020-09-27 7:18:27 AM  

mtrac: Ugh.

In the 1980s I shopped at a discount store that had an older greeter who looked like he'd rather be anywhere else. I don't remember the store, probably Caldor, but I remember his nametag, "Gus."  I hoped never to end up like Gus.


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2020-09-27 7:25:27 AM  

Natalie Portmanteau: LaChanz: The real tragedy is that headline got a green.

Does it bother you because it's true, or because you prefer to subscribe to an alternative reality than the rest of us?


Because it's no where near a dystopian tragedy. It moronic to even think so.
 
2020-09-27 7:29:29 AM  
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This guy worked his whole life to have that social security and it wouldn't even keep him alive when he needed it.
 
2020-09-27 7:29:39 AM  

mtrac: Ugh.

In the 1980s I shopped at a discount store that had an older greeter who looked like he'd rather be anywhere else. I don't remember the store, probably Caldor, but I remember his nametag, "Gus."  I hoped never to end up like Gus.


I have a nephew named Gus.  He just started college.  I don't have much hope for this world, but I hope that there is hope for him.
 
2020-09-27 7:49:50 AM  

robodog: Meh, some people just aren't happy unless they're working. I swear that the only reason my dad hasn't retired is that he wouldn't know what to do if he did. He's almost 70 and had an offer to sell his company for a few million about the time he should have been retiring and turned it down. He still works 60-80 hour weeks, down from nearly 100 a decade ago. If he had sold the company I bet he'd be doing something like this just to keep busy.


70 year old millionaire and 89 year old pizza boy aren't quite the same situation.
 
2020-09-27 7:50:15 AM  

LaChanz: Natalie Portmanteau: LaChanz: The real tragedy is that headline got a green.

Does it bother you because it's true, or because you prefer to subscribe to an alternative reality than the rest of us?

Because it's no where near a dystopian tragedy. It moronic to even think so.


Yeah!  Everyone knows that in a REAL dystopia old people are killed as soon as they start costing society more than they generate...

Huh... lemme come back in again, that didn't work the way I thought it would.
 
2020-09-27 7:51:50 AM  

BeesNuts: LaChanz: Natalie Portmanteau: LaChanz: The real tragedy is that headline got a green.

Does it bother you because it's true, or because you prefer to subscribe to an alternative reality than the rest of us?

Because it's no where near a dystopian tragedy. It moronic to even think so.

Yeah!  Everyone knows that in a REAL dystopia old people are killed as soon as they start costing society more than they generate...

Huh... lemme come back in again, that didn't work the way I thought it would.


for some, that's at the age of 18.
 
2020-09-27 7:59:56 AM  

robodog: Meh, some people just aren't happy unless they're working. I swear that the only reason my dad hasn't retired is that he wouldn't know what to do if he did. He's almost 70 and had an offer to sell his company for a few million about the time he should have been retiring and turned it down. He still works 60-80 hour weeks, down from nearly 100 a decade ago. If he had sold the company I bet he'd be doing something like this just to keep busy.


I don't think you are making the argument you hoped you would be.

"experimental study of animals in captivity is absolutely useless. Their character, their habits, their appetites undergo a complete transformation when torn from their soil in field and forest. With human nature caged in a narrow space, whipped daily into submission, how can we speak of its potentialities? "

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/1468​8​8-but-what-about-human-nature-can-it-b​e-changed-and
 
2020-09-27 8:02:26 AM  

LaChanz: Natalie Portmanteau: LaChanz: The real tragedy is that headline got a green.

Does it bother you because it's true, or because you prefer to subscribe to an alternative reality than the rest of us?

Because it's no where near a dystopian tragedy. It moronic to even think so.


So, alternate reality. Gotcha.

If a world where the wealthiest nation in the world not bothering to support the elderly because they don't consume enough to be valuable doesn't strike you as dystopian enough, and you can get past all the people having to beg for money online to afford medical care, the simple fact that the concept of Breaking Bad was remotely plausible should be enough.

But hey, if you keep licking the boot, maybe you won't get put up against the wall.

/narrator: he will though.
 
2020-09-27 8:13:35 AM  

robodog: Meh, some people just aren't happy unless they're working. I swear that the only reason my dad hasn't retired is that he wouldn't know what to do if he did. He's almost 70 and had an offer to sell his company for a few million about the time he should have been retiring and turned it down. He still works 60-80 hour weeks, down from nearly 100 a decade ago. If he had sold the company I bet he'd be doing something like this just to keep busy.


My dad retired and then got a job at a golf course (for the free golf mostly) and he transports cars for dealerships. He doesn't need the money. He just gets bored.
 
2020-09-27 8:21:16 AM  

holdmybones: robodog: Meh, some people just aren't happy unless they're working. I swear that the only reason my dad hasn't retired is that he wouldn't know what to do if he did. He's almost 70 and had an offer to sell his company for a few million about the time he should have been retiring and turned it down. He still works 60-80 hour weeks, down from nearly 100 a decade ago. If he had sold the company I bet he'd be doing something like this just to keep busy.

My dad retired and then got a job at a golf course (for the free golf mostly) and he transports cars for dealerships. He doesn't need the money. He just gets bored.


Gets paid to drive cool cars and play free golf? Sounds like a solid plan.
 
2020-09-27 8:25:27 AM  
Not devolving a life, hobbies, or interests outside the pursuit of money is not the selling point many here think it is.
 
2020-09-27 8:29:38 AM  

qorkfiend: holdmybones: robodog: Meh, some people just aren't happy unless they're working. I swear that the only reason my dad hasn't retired is that he wouldn't know what to do if he did. He's almost 70 and had an offer to sell his company for a few million about the time he should have been retiring and turned it down. He still works 60-80 hour weeks, down from nearly 100 a decade ago. If he had sold the company I bet he'd be doing something like this just to keep busy.

My dad retired and then got a job at a golf course (for the free golf mostly) and he transports cars for dealerships. He doesn't need the money. He just gets bored.

Gets paid to drive cool cars and play free golf? Sounds like a solid plan.


It's usually more mid-level sedans and minivans/SUVs, but, yeah, the whole deal is a win for him. He has a gaggle of 70 year old miscreants who he works with at the golf course. It's like Caddyshack with way different drugs.
 
2020-09-27 8:37:08 AM  

Natalie Portmanteau: LaChanz: Natalie Portmanteau: LaChanz: The real tragedy is that headline got a green.

Does it bother you because it's true, or because you prefer to subscribe to an alternative reality than the rest of us?

Because it's no where near a dystopian tragedy. It moronic to even think so.

So, alternate reality. Gotcha.

If a world where the wealthiest nation in the world not bothering to support the elderly because they don't consume enough to be valuable doesn't strike you as dystopian enough, and you can get past all the people having to beg for money online to afford medical care, the simple fact that the concept of Breaking Bad was remotely plausible should be enough.

But hey, if you keep licking the boot, maybe you won't get put up against the wall.

/narrator: he will though.


ok doomer.
 
2020-09-27 8:39:22 AM  
*developing
 
2020-09-27 8:42:27 AM  
We have an old man in our department, don't know how old but I'm 55 and he seems ancient to me. 40 hours a week putting totes on palleys to bring groceries out to customers and load them up. It takes him way longer most of the time than it's supposed to, and we're judged harshly for higher wait times. I think he might never have been a real sharp thinker but he always tries his best.

He was moved there after having problems at a couple other departments, and we do like having him around. I want to think in the back of everyone's mind is "what would he do if he couldn't even be a grocery attendant?" So he is ours.

He's not there just to have something to do with his free time.
 
2020-09-27 8:44:32 AM  

qorkfiend: Gets paid to drive cool cars and play free golf? Sounds like a solid plan.


My dad does the car-transporting thing too. Cool cars get shipped on a truck, not driven cross-country by a senior citizen.

And he carries a gun because he has to carry cash too. Fly-by-night dealers can't afford to send each other cashier's checks, apparently.

/I think he just wants an excuse to carry the gun
//used car dealers don't trust banks?
///they certainly don't trust each other
 
2020-09-27 8:57:32 AM  

Snapper Carr: robodog: Meh, some people just aren't happy unless they're working. I swear that the only reason my dad hasn't retired is that he wouldn't know what to do if he did. He's almost 70 and had an offer to sell his company for a few million about the time he should have been retiring and turned it down. He still works 60-80 hour weeks, down from nearly 100 a decade ago. If he had sold the company I bet he'd be doing something like this just to keep busy.

TFA clearly states that the only reasons he's working is because his Social Security isn't enough to live on


What did he do with his $5 million 401k?  I was told it was a magic money machine totally adequate to replace defined benefit pensions.
Sounds like if the elderly work we can take away their Medicare and social security payments. Their employer will surely provide these plus generous 401k matching.
 
2020-09-27 8:57:38 AM  
social security was never meant to be a retirement account.  It was meant to supplement.
 
2020-09-27 9:02:13 AM  

sprgrss: social security was never meant to be a retirement account.  It was meant to supplement.


Did FDR tell you that?
 
2020-09-27 9:04:05 AM  

Pichu0102: waxbeans: New Burner Account: waxbeans: Snapper Carr: TFA clearly states that the only reasons he's working is because his Social Security isn't enough to live on

????
He wants more.
People regularly live on as little as 500 a month.
He probably wants those luxury meds that keep you alive.

Be he had Medicare and I was assured giving it to all would solve all our problems.

Part is free.
Part b is 145 or more if you had it but stopped it and want it back.
C and D also cost.


Not cheap. But not as expensive as cobra.
And cheaper than some plans horrible jobs offer.

Medicare available for purchase for everyone isn't a fix all. It's the least we should do.

Medicaid as a default if you have nothing else should be standard. Nothing upfront, just recovery from your estate on death, if you have one. Mileage may vary from state to state, though.


"Recovery from the estate" already happens and it's bullshiat - a whole lot of bottom-feeding law firms trying to intimidate next of kin into paying bills they're not legally obligated to pay. They go after the estates of people who died broke. Which sounds stupid but some people do pay up because they're scared.

It's scamming with a nice suit on.
 
2020-09-27 9:07:52 AM  

qorkfiend: holdmybones: robodog: Meh, some people just aren't happy unless they're working. I swear that the only reason my dad hasn't retired is that he wouldn't know what to do if he did. He's almost 70 and had an offer to sell his company for a few million about the time he should have been retiring and turned it down. He still works 60-80 hour weeks, down from nearly 100 a decade ago. If he had sold the company I bet he'd be doing something like this just to keep busy.

My dad retired and then got a job at a golf course (for the free golf mostly) and he transports cars for dealerships. He doesn't need the money. He just gets bored.

Gets paid to drive cool cars and play free golf? Sounds like a solid plan.


I plan on being a gigolo and Victoria's Secret changing room attendant when I hit my mid-60s.
 
2020-09-27 9:10:01 AM  
I laugh at all the out of touch people on here. My mom who is currently 62 was working two jobs for almost 15 years after my parents got divorced. It allowed her to afford a mortgage for a cheap condo and paid for her health insurance and basic needs. I still bought her newer used cars as they were needed and helped with large expenses. She has a two year CC degree, but even with two jobs she was barely making $30K a year. How is exactly is someone supposed to afford basic necessities and save to "supplement SS"?

My mom lives with my wife and I and helps to take care of our daughter. SS is more than enough now, but if she was on her own, it would never be.
 
2020-09-27 9:13:38 AM  

SomeAFguy: sprgrss: social security was never meant to be a retirement account.  It was meant to supplement.

Did FDR tell you that?


try opening a history book.
 
2020-09-27 9:14:52 AM  

thanksagainandagain: New Burner Account: waxbeans: Snapper Carr: TFA clearly states that the only reasons he's working is because his Social Security isn't enough to live on

????
He wants more.
People regularly live on as little as 500 a month.
He probably wants those luxury meds that keep you alive.

Be he had Medicare and I was assured giving it to all would solve all our problems.

Soshulizms don't werk!!!


Right, that's why we need to eliminate the Social Security fund and all of the olds need to get on Tik Tok and get crowd funded.

/s
 
2020-09-27 9:31:38 AM  

Voiceofreason01: MIRV888: I really hope I live long enough to see the house of cards that is our country collapse.
We are sliding into Russia grade treatment of our citizens.
Shut up and work.

Russia has free universal healthcare


Yeah you can get a good view of the plan by a leaning out that 5th story hospital window
 
2020-09-27 9:33:23 AM  

JerseyTim: [Fark user image image 425x144]
This guy worked his whole life to have that social security and it wouldn't even keep him alive when he needed it.


Its also possible that he did not contribute enough to social security because of cash work or under reporting.
I feel bad for people in his situation, but there are plenty of people who live comfortably after retirement who are not rich or even middle class.
I do agree that Medicare should be available to all US citizens regardless of age or income.
I have first hand experience where I went self employed and failed miserably and my pregnant wife and my children were covered for basic services due to my state medical program even though I live in an extremely conservative state. It restored my faith in government to a small degree.
Being a working age male I did not qualify and suffered in silence through some medical issues but still at least we take care of women, children, elderly and disabled with some small degree of humanity.
In contrast, the community who raised money for this man are an example of our bright future, not a dystopian nightmare. We have power to communicate freely that people in the past could only dream of. That is an example of how the human race has improved the quality of life universally through technology.
And whoever took the initiative to start the funding campaign for him definitely deserves credit for pulling at their bootstraps. They took a form of capital and added value.
 
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