Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The Guy With The Sign
Don't get me wrong: I'm glad this guy has a job.
But, whenever I see one of these guys on the side of the road (there's a guy who puts a little extra verve into his act--swinging his sign around, pointing at cars and singing--at a mini-mall near my house), I become uncomfortable.
I never even notice what they're advertising because two thoughts rush to my mind when I see them:
1) I could never do that.
2) I wonder how that person feels about what they're doing.
I also wonder what the companies and franchise owners think they're accomplishing when they hire people to hold signs. I see more and more roadside sign holders in my area of Cincinnati, so I would guess there was some value in it for the companies. It's just vaguely creepy to me. Something about it seems exploitative, and I have a hard time imagining a person whose ambition in life is to do a job where their biggest competition for promotion is a yard post.
But what do I know?