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2103, 29 Dec 22

“Nobody works, nobody gives a damn”

He’s not wrong.

A billionaire cofounder of Home Depot who said “nobody works” has donated nearly $64 million to political causes over the years, including the campaigns of former President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and Sen. John McCain, according to data from the Federal Election Commission.


In an interview with the Financial Times published Thursday, 93-year-old Bernie Marcus said “nobody works, nobody gives a damn,” blaming the change on “socialism.”

“‘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,'” he said, adding that he thinks if he founded Home Depot today it may not have been as successful.


2103, 29 December 2022


  1. Mark Hoefert

    “Nobody works”?

    According to the article 154,000,000 million Americans have jobs, a record number.

    93 years old, sounds like maybe he has been victimized by grifters to the tune of $64 million.

    Last time I was at Home Depot, numerous “somebodies” were working.

    This from Home Depot: A spokesperson for Home Depot told Insider: “Our co-founder Bernie Marcus left The Home Depot more than 20 years ago, and his views do not represent the company.”

    I don’t consider myself “upper class”, but in my family, neighborhood, and limited social group I don’t know anybody who fits into the “nobody works” narrative. Granted, I have a limited world view, but at our local FB pages, we hear the “nobody wants to work” thing when the fast food places & restaurants have to cut hours because of staff shortages, or there are long checkout lines at the retailers. When challenged, nobody can cite first hand knowledge of anyone not working for a valid reason. Some people do strive for early retirement or not working after retirement age, or having only one household partner employed.

    Why doesn’t the guy “walk the talk” and pull some shifts at Home Depot?

    Like this 82-year old Home Depot employee?”

  2. dad29

    Mark, I’ve met a few people who are able-bodied, educated (or street-smart), and under 50 years of age–and they are not working full-time by choice. Granted, that’s anecdotal, but while Marcus’ statement may be exaggeration, it’s not entirely baloney.

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