A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 25, 2018
“I don’t want to. I don’t have to. You can’t make me. I’m retired”

"I don’t want to. I don’t have to. You can’t make me. I’m retired” is a jocular retirement saying that has been printed on many images. The saying has been printed on T-shirts since at least 2001.


14 August 2001, Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch, “Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays,” pg. D-1:
The What on Earth catalog afforded us a few good chuckles, at least, with some of its T-shirts witticisms:
(...)
I don’t want to. I don’t have to. You can’t make me. I’m retired.

26 October 2005, Modesto (CA) Bee, “Turlock Park still is public council” by Adam Ashton, pg. A1:
Mayor Curt Andre teased Kyte about his long tenure, saying he lasted through three mayors. Andre handed Kyte a sweater reading, “I don’t want to. I don’t have to. You can’t make me. I’m retired.”

Google Books
The Big Book of Irony
By Jon Winokur
New York, NY: St, Martin’s Press
2007
Pg. 19:
“I don’t want to. I don’t have to. You can’t make me. I’m retired.”

25 February 2007, Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution, SundayVent, pg. C2, col. 3:
I don’t want to. I don’t have to. You can’t make me. I’m retired!

Google Books
Irish Signs and Notices
By Des MacHale
Blackrock, County Dublin, Ireland: Mercer Press
2010
Pg. 36:
In an old folks’ home
I DON’T WANT TO
I DON’T HAVE TO
YOU CAN’T MAKE ME
I’M RETIRED

Twitter
DeEtta Turner
@deettaturner
I don`t want to, I don`t have to,You can`t make me, I`M RETIRED. unknown
1:51 PM - 27 Mar 2010

Google Books
Title I Don’t Want To. I Don’t Have To. You Can’t Make Me. I’m Retired
Authors I Live to Journal, Not Only Not Only Journals
Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017
ISBN 1547059052, 9781547059058
Length 112 pages

Twitter
1stees
@1stees
Snoopy I don’t want to I don’t have to you can’t make me I’m retired shirt https://1stees.com/snoopy-dont-want-dont-cant-make-im-retired-shirt/
10:10 AM - 21 Aug 2018

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