View Full Version : They Swept back Adversity with a Broom

2nd March 09, 01:53 AM
I'm trying to remember where that phrase came from, I think its to kill a mockingbird - anyway I was touched by this story. I think these people are really special:

TEMPE, Ariz. — Mark Cooper started his work day on a recent morning cleaning the door handles of an office building with a rag, vigorously shaking out a rug at a back entrance and pushing a dust mop down a long hallway.

Nine months ago he lost his job as the security manager for the western United States for a Fortune 500 company, overseeing a budget of $1.2 million and earning about $70,000 a year. Now he is grateful for the $12 an hour he makes in what is known in unemployment circles as a “survival job” at a friend’s janitorial services company. But that does not make the work any easier.

“You’re fighting despair, discouragement, depression every day,” Mr. Cooper said.

Working five days a week, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mr. Cooper is not counted by traditional measures as among the recession’s casualties at this point. But his tumble down the economic ladder is among the more disquieting and often hidden aspects of the downturn...

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2nd March 09, 02:05 AM
Good for him. It's unsettling to see that even those kinds of jobs are hard to come by these days.

If he's had a good managerial position, maybe there's a way to put him to better use in his friend's company than doing grunt work, though?

Robot Jesus
2nd March 09, 02:14 AM
perhaps “friend” is overcome with spite and schadenfreude

2nd March 09, 04:03 AM
And perhaps you're a colossal douchebag and that's why you have no friends.