Wednesday, October 26, 2011

      ( 10:18 PM ) teahouse
Bread Line

I took a walk this afternoon, to take a break from work and get a snack.

I work in one of those large buildings in Manhattan with a basement concourse full of retail shops and restaurants.

As I walked through it, I noticed a line of people. It was a massively long line - it stretched through half the length of the concourse!

I saw that it was a line of people applying for minimum wage jobs at a new retail store that's about to open up.

I've seen people lining up to apply for jobs before, but never this many!

One man up front was talking earnestly to the employee who was controlling the line. All I heard him say was, "Come on, we're all here because we all have to eat!"

It really hit home, the impact of the recession. I can't stop thinking about it.



Yikes. That does put it in kind of a terrifying perspective. Thanks, I think getting that glimpse gave me a better appreciation for what's happening.

By Blogger Bridget, at 10:35 PM  

Wow. Just, "wow".

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:19 AM  

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