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Millionaire tells millennials:If you want a house, stop buying avocado toast


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Tim Gurner, a luxury property developer in Melbourne, is facing heat for comments he made on 60 Minutes in Australia, implying that young people can’t afford to buy property because they’re wasting money on overpriced toast and coffee.


"When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn’t buying smashed avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each," he said.


"When you’re spending $40 a day on smashed avocados and coffees and not working, you will never own a home."


"When I had my first business at 19, I worked seven days a week. There were no discussions around, could I go out for breakfast, could I go out for dinner. I just worked."


Demographer Bernard Salt also wrote in the Australian last year that if young people stopped going to "hipster cafes", they could purchase property. "Shouldn’t youngsters be economizing by eating at home?"


Another example is US congressman Jason Chaffetz, who suggested people struggling to afford health insurance should stop buying smartphones.


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