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Unemployed Man Holds Sign In Philly: 'I Need A Job'

Aug 23, 2013
Originally published on August 23, 2013 8:33 am
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And Jim's talking about jobs brings us to our Last Word In Business, which is, will work for anyone.

When people are on a job hunt, it's often described as pounding the pavement. Well, Mark Mercer is working on a variation of that. He has been standing on the pavement on a corner in Philadelphia's financial district, holding a sign that reads "I don't want your change. I need a job."

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He dressed for the office in black shoes and a black suit, and Mercer says he's handed out over 100 resumes. Though he's still not employed, the 54-year-old says he's had six job interviews right there on the sidewalk.

GREENE: Potential employers have got to admire that creativity, and his reliability as well. He's been a fixture in the same spot almost every day since June, accompanied by his two St. Bernard dogs.

And that's the business news from MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

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