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‘Too lazy, too fat, too stupid’: Home Depot founder slams workers in modern economy

‘Nobody works. Nobody gives a damn,’ says billionaire.

Published: December 31, 2022 10:44am

Updated: December 31, 2022 10:45am

The billionaire co-founder of Home Depot is slamming what he says is a poor work ethic among laborers today, claiming that “nobody gives a damn” about job performance in the present-day economy.

“'Nobody works. Nobody gives a damn,” Bernie Marcus told the Financial Times in an interview this week.

In a jeremiad against what he claimed were insufficiently motivated workers, Marcus mimicked them: "Just give it to me. Send me money. I don’t want to work - I’m too lazy, I’m too fat, I’m too stupid."

The business tycoon claimed to the Times that his highly successful hardware chain would never realize the same level of growth and popularity in the modern economy. 

“We would end up with 15, 16 stores,” he said. “I don’t know that we could go further.”

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