With the rise of Bernie Sanders and his shiny new packing of the same old socialism, it seems like everyone is looking for a hand out. Here’s a story about a homeless man who’s looking for the exact opposite.
He’s looking for an opportunity, and is working to make it happen…
He spends the better part of his days perched outside the Smart & Final at Watt Avenue and Arden Way with a will to work.
“I am handing off my presentation of myself of what I’m trying to achieve and what I’m trying to do. Because I don’t want to be out here.”
The former line cook doesn’t use the stereotypical signs asking for money. He instead puts his credentials on display.
“I carry around one of these. Food handlers certificate, Social Security card, ID ready to go. I need people to know I’m serious about what I’m doing.”
Within the crisp, white envelopes are copies of the 52-year-old’s resume outlining the restaurants he’s worked at over the years. They also give you a glimpse into his work ethic—”I am firm believer in proactive productivity rather than reactive.”
He moves the carts for the store so that no one complains that he’s there, and work things out with a local business to let him use their printers from time to time.
Now this won’t quite be a “feel good” story until he finds a job, so please share this and help the guy out. Or if you run a business in the area, think about bringing him in for an interview. He’s not demanding you hire him, just a chance at bat.
My guess is that someone’s going to make this guy’s day. Why? Because contrary to how the media portrays us, most business owners aren’t billionaire CEO’s looking for new ways to screw the working class between our daily diving sessions into pure gold.
No, the reality is that most business owners, and yes, most successful/wealthy people work harder than the rest of the population. They put in more hours and take on more risk than the average worker. So, as a general rule, they tend to have a heart for others who do the same. I’ve shown this story to several business-owning friends of mine. Each and every time, it was met with the same reaction. “That’s great. There’s a guy getting it done!” Encouragement and pride. Every. Time.
Generally, the term “it takes one to know one” is only heard in retort to “I am rubber you are glue” in the schoolyard, usually in an attempt to pain your opposition as a moron. But it applies just as much here. Some people may skim past this story (particularly those shuffling between Bernie rallies), sure. But I guarantee you the people who’ve found themselves in this situation won’t. The people who’ve taken life’s shots on the chin and still found a way to make something of themselves? They’ll see this, and they’ll find a way to put this guy to work.
Because it takes one to know one…