An 89-year-old war veteran has been inundated with job offers after his ad looking for work to save him from "dying of boredom" went viral. Joe Bartley from Paignton, Devon, retired 6 years ago, but discovered that unemployed life wasn't for him. Suffering from boredom and loneliness, he put an advert in his local newspaper, the Herald Express, hoping to find something to occupy his time and allow him to meet new people.
The ad reads:
Work wanted. Senior citizen 89 seeks employment in Paignton area. 20hrs+ per week. Still able to clean, light gardening, DIY and anything.
I have references. Old soldier, airborne forces.
Save me from dying of boredom!
Bartley, whose wife Cassandra passed away two years ago, spoke to the Guardian about his loneliness. "I miss my wife dreadfully, and when you live on your own there is no one to speak to. Since she died I’ve moved into a flat and it’s a big block. Once you walk into that flat it’s like solitary confinement,” he said. The pensioner, originally from Liverpool, was a member of the Airborne Forces and served in the armed forces for 11 years.