There was a notice on the door of my neighborhood Home Depot about a week
ago warning the Parking Lot Pedros to vamoose or dreadful things would
Went by there today and I could actually GET into the parking lot without
having to dodge anybody. Not a Pancho Bob Villa to be seen!
One of the staff, when asked, told me a couple of police Pablo Wagons, and
the message was received.
"Company-wide or just local?" I asked.
"Dunno" said the droid.
Anybody notice anything similar?
Sorry. Everybody understands what I'm trying to say, that's why it's so
necessary to explain.
In my part of the country, literally twenty to fifty "undocumented workers
striving for a better life for their families back in the old country"
sometimes surround your car as you pull into the HD parking lot. They are
applying for any construction or repair job you might have.
In many ways I admire them: They are willing to work hard for reasonable
wages. They have enough confidence in their abilities to risk a lot of time
and energy to GET to the Home Depot parking lot all the way from Patagonia
On the other hand, they sometimes dent the fenders as they bounce off.
Day labor centers around here, usually involves ex-cons, part of
their work release program. The centers pay insurance, etc. Just give
the worker a "pink slip" that he returns to the office.
At one new construction I was working I told my buddy -"that guy was
on the stucco company last week". Turns out the guy was a labor
pick-up from an HD lot.
Gotta be there more or less at dawn, when the contractors are picking up
the material for the day. (the small contractors, without the cash float
for an open account at a real supply yard.) Think of it as the grandson
of a Union hiring hall.
I've not seen it up north, but I did see it down in Louisiana. I have a
M-F day job, so unless I am down south on 'vacation', I'm not making
pre-breakfast supply runs.
He's talking about the people typically standing on the walk by the parking lot
entries looking for odd jobs. Some of them aren't white.
Funny. I never seen them at Lowes, 2 blocks away, but dozens at H.D.
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