Check out this bit from the LA Times:
“The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Wednesday requiring certain home improvement stores to develop plans for dealing with day laborers who congregate nearby in search of jobs.”
Awesome! It’s about time someone did something about these solicitors. I hate going to the store to buy a can of paint or a drill bit and getting chased and hounded by 30 different dudes asking if I need help. Finally I can shop in peace! Now if they can do something about the people asking for signatures and donations outside of grocery stores… oh, um… wait…
“The ordinance mandates that proposed big-box stores obtain conditional-use permits, which could then require them to build day-labor centers with shelter, drinking water, bathrooms and trash cans.”
Oh. That’s not what I thought at all. Wait a second why is this Home Depots problem? If the city thinks this is a problem, how about they help someone to open a business where if a customer wants help they can go there and employ the services of workers rather than saying “sure, harassing customers of this other business is perfectly OK, in fact it’s encouraged!”
Seriously though, it’s awesome that the city is looking out for these folks who don’t have steady reliable jobs and sticking it to big businesses like Home Depot to make them help these dudes out. I look forward to follow up legislation requiring movie studios and record companies to build similar shelters for out of work actors and musicians so they can hang around outside the offices and pitch themselves to everyone walking in and out in comfort. Maybe we can take this a step further and actually start force the companies to pay the unemployed folks a salary.