89-year-old Joe Bartley of England, was finding retirement boring. Bartley retired from his position as a college janitor six years ago and lost his wife Cassie just a year ago.

Bartley describes his retirement as “solitary confinement” and decided to place an advertisement in his local paper, The Herald Express, hoping for the best.

“Senior citizen 89 seeks employment in Paignton area,” the ad read. “20hrs+ per week. Still able to clean, light gardening, DIY, and anything. I have references. Old soldier, airborne services. Save me from dying of boredom!”

The advertisement gained quite a bit of attention from television stations and newspapers. Bartley received a call from the Cantina Kitchen and Bar in Paignton, Devon where he successfully landed a job as a waiter.

“I don’t think I’ve had a job interview before,” he said. “I’m joyfully surprised at the outcome – I’m really glad I got it.”

Bartley began working on Sunday, Dec. 4 and he is looking forward to getting to know the restaurant’s customers.

“They all seem really nice and one lady gave me a kiss. You don’t see anybody where I am, in a flat, so I’m looking forward to getting involved and meeting people,” Bartley said.

Bartley hopes to work around 20 hours a week doing different tasks such as cleaning, preparing vegetables, and waiting tables.

Cantina’s customers have already taken a liking to the lively man.

“He is a dear old boy,” said 75-year-old customer Margaret Berwick.




Elizabeth is from southern West Virginia. She graduated with her Bachelor's from Franciscan University. She enjoys reading, hiking, dancing, and attempting to play the piano correctly. A writer since childhood, she hopes to help the world through her words.