Millionaire’s advice to millennials: Skip the avocado toast

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(MELBOURNE, Australia) — A multimillionaire real estate tycoon found himself in the hot seat over the weekend after he told millennials to stop spending their money on “smashed avocados” and fancy coffees if they want to own a home someday.

Luxury property developer Tim Gurner said he “wasn’t buying smashed avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each” when he was looking to buy his first home.

Gurner said he owned his first business when he was 19. The Australian Financial Review said he has an estimated net worth of about $460 million.

He went on to suggest that TV shows like Keeping Up With the Kardashians have fooled young people into thinking that they should be living a lavish lifestyle.

The 35-year-old executive’s comments may have been directed at Australians, but Twitter users from all over seemed to take offense at the comments.

One Twitter user said he “did the math” and concluded he might be able to afford a “bad house” in his neighborhood in about 600 years, if he cut out the fancy toast.

Alright, I did the math. If I stopped eating avocado toast every day, I would be able to afford a bad house in Los Angeles in 642 years. pic.twitter.com/nqhiqnQ07E

— Kaleb Horton (@kalebhorton) May 15, 2017

Another user said Gurner had it all wrong and blamed her student loan debt for her inability to afford a home.

Millennial to millionaire: $2 avocados aren’t the reason I can’t afford a home. Student loans are. https://t.co/0exemEm4AT

— Kaitlyn (@KaitlynMKE) May 15, 2017

A Twitter user from Wisconsin said he’s going after the wrong crowd because the “$22 avocado toast crowd are not the ones who can’t afford a property.”

@TIME Tim Gurner – the $22 avocado toast crowd are not the ones who can’t afford a property.

— Chop Shop (@Chopshop2011) May 15, 2017

Others went on to flag reports that Gurner received a $34,000 loan from his grandfather to kickstart his first real estate project.

“This millionaire guy got $34k from his grandfather to buy his first investment property at age 19. So the real advice is: be wealthy,” one person said.

@SemSunshine1 @baddestmamajama @DrM2theJ @TIME This millionaire guy got $34k from his grandfather to buy his first investment property at age 19. So the real advice is: be wealthy.

— Chris Sturr (@ChrisSturr) May 15, 2017

Similarly, another Twitter user said if she could get a “small loan of $34,000 to launch a property empire” she may be able to afford “avocado toast and homes.”

@TIME Maybe if we could all get a small loan of $34,000 to launch a property empire we could afford avocado toast and homes pic.twitter.com/Lf3X9xeq6c

— Kate Beckman (@Kate_Beckman) May 15, 2017

Another person accused Gurner of boasting about building “apartments near cafes for 27-32 year olds” and then attacking “young people for buying $4 coffees.”

Tim Gurner boasts he builds apartments near cafes for 27-32 year olds. Then attacks young people for buying $4 coffees. pic.twitter.com/7o7V1X80wz

— Anthony Sharwood (@antsharwood) May 15, 2017

This is not the first time that young Australians have been slammed for spending money on the pricey fruit.

In an op-ed published in the Australian last year, demographer Bernard Salt targeted young people who go to “hipster cafes” and “order smashed avocado with crumbled feta on five-grain toasted bread at $22 a pop” instead of saving up to buy a home. Those comments also sparked outrage.

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