in a bad economy, everybody suffers. qualified people, people with college degrees are being forced to settle for jobs they wouldn't ordinarily consider. and even then they are being turned away as 50 people are showing up for every job opening.
in seattle, the economy has been especially hard. a local advertisement appeared stating that someone is looking for landscapers. and the offered wage was great, $26 an hour. if you are willing to work hard, contact the foreman at this e-mail address and he will tell you how to go about applying for a job. many, many people did. they were instructed to show up on main street, right between the hardees burger joint and the local bank. precisely at 9AM on thursday. if they want to be considered for the job, they must be wearing blue jeans, a navy blue sweatshirt, a yellow work helmet, work boots, safety goggles and work gloves. anyone not dressed exactly as suggested will not be considered. and if the foreman was late, you are absolutely not to leave until he arrived.
hundreds showed up. one out of work young man, eager for an opportunity, wanted to show his enthusiasm by kneeling next to the hardees, and started pulling weeds. 9 AM came and went but the crowd was not deterred. at approximately 9:20 AM that morning, an armoured vehicle showed up in front of the bank. no one seemed to take much notice. the armed driver of the armoured car wheeled bags of cash into the bank. upon returning to the vehicle to get more cash, the earnest young man who showed such promise by pulling weeds next to the hardees, got up. he started walking toward the armour vehicle. as he reached the vehicle, its back doors swung wide open, he pulled a can of elephant mace out of his pocket and sprayed the driver right in the face. the onlookers were stunned. he grabbed as many bags of cash as he could possibly carry. and proceeded to take off between the two establishments, down the embankment, and into the uneven, grassy field to apparent safety and freedom.
those that were there had seen everything. not one of the potential employees had left with high hopes they would be receiving a paying job. even if it was only for one day. the local police showed up and started asking questions. it was odd, at first, what the cops were hearing from the witnesses. but it didn't take long to figure it out. the perpetrator, as described to them, looked and dressed exactly the same as the approximately 220 witnesses. it was chaos involving hundreds of people. a serious crime in which the armoured car driver was sent to the hospital due to his injuries. and more than $300,000 turned up stolen.
no one was ever found for this crime. it is still pending investigation.
I want to tell her that I love her a lot, but I got to get a belly full of wine.