If you want to earn a little cash, this is a good way to do it.

I came home yesterday to find this note folded and stuck in my door:

Way to go John! We live in a transitional neighborhood and mostly people come staggering along the street looking like they’ve had 1 too many bottles of cheap gin. These same people ask in an indistinct slur if they can help mow our lawn, gather our leaves, etc. We once had a woman brandishing a rusty saw who screamed at our dog and called me a bitch from outside our fence. I saw a prostitute give a guy a blow job one night outside our window when we first moved here 5 years ago and things were a little shadier.

But John is clearly a guy who thought this out, and who I will actually consider calling to come help with our leaves when they fall in the next couple of months. I hope that he is what he seems, and that other neighbors who are fortunate enough to have jobs will help this guy too. Not with a hand out, but with honest pay for honest work.

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One thought on “If you want to earn a little cash, this is a good way to do it.

  1. smallivy says:

    I agree that John is going about it the right way. It seems that many though find that they can make a living by just holding a sign that says “will work for food” without ever having any intention off working – why should they, they make enough to get by from hand-outs. To some this may seem like easy living, to me it seems like a waste of a life.

    It is nice if people who need work can start a business by passing out cards in a neighborhood, starting a small shop somewhere, buying a cart and selling hot dogs, or finding something they can do out of their homes. Unfortunately, there are a growing number of regulations. They are all created in the name of safety or protection of the consumer, but many are created at the insistence of established businesses who don’t want the competition. These people are often grandfathered in. For example, in some states it takes hundreds of hours of classes to become a hair dresser.

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