Tim Gurner, a millionaire property mogul from Australia, raised some eyebrows this week when he told Australia's 60 Minutes that millennials would be able to afford houses if they started saving more money and stopped spending on luxuries such as avocados.
"When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn't buying smashed avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each," Gurner said, per Time. "We're at a point now where the expectations of younger people are very, very high. They want to eat out every day, they want to travel to Europe every year. The people that own homes today worked very, very hard for it, saved every dollar, did everything they could to get up the property investment ladder."
Gurner's comments predictably created a firestorm online, as many millennials took exception to the idea that dropping avocados would be enough to help them become homeowners. Additionally, some users noted that Gurner's success was only possible because he was given $34,000 to invest in property by his grandfather, which means that he never had to forgo avocados to save up for a house.
Some of the top reactions to Gurner's comments follow below.
@TIME Maybe if we could all get a small loan of $34,000 to launch a property empire we could afford avocado toast a… https://t.co/EO6SffntRW— Kate Beckman (@Kate Beckman)1494873018.0
WHY aren't MILLENIALS buying DIAMONDS?! They are TANKING LUXURY SALES WHY are MILLENIALS buying AVACADO TOAST? They are SPENDING RECKLESSLY— sink tweet archive (@sink tweet archive)1494871990.0
Does avacado toast show on my FICO score? How about a nice pumpernickel rye? https://t.co/tBs60R871J— john (@john)1494871923.0
@TIME https://t.co/7JDapRkTVL— Shehan Jeyarajah (@Shehan Jeyarajah)1494869253.0
@TIME Bitch don't tell me how to brunch— maxey (@maxey)1494870060.0
@TIME .so poorly researched. boomers could buy property namely because wages were more equal to actual cost of livi… https://t.co/aBTRz0jX4f— danielle weisberg (@danielle weisberg)1494870265.0
@TIME millionaire to millenials: don't eat if you want to live in a largely overpriced bare necessity home in an ec… https://t.co/G3GOiyG2rL— male wife aesop ⚰️ (@male wife aesop ⚰️)1494869939.0
@TIME Avocado toast is $11 near me, and the average home price is 549,000. So a millennial would only need to skip… https://t.co/gTUcYINo7q— Charles Van Thune (@Charles Van Thune)1494871506.0
@TIME https://t.co/Ic2bzjQkoc— Brett Barrett | BLM (@Brett Barrett | BLM)1494870753.0