I state the obvious when I mention the high unemployment/underemployment rate, and how some families are desperately trying to generate any income they can in order to keep the wolf from the door. That said, a friend of mine who lives in an east Cobb gated community, told me that the other day a car came through his neighborhood at 6 a.m. with a loud muffler. A neighbor that was outside walking and who is active in his homeowner’s association, stopped the car to inquire about the noise and learned that the driver was an MDJ newspaper deliverer. If the story is accurate, the neighbor called the MDJ to complain about the muffler, and the driver was instructed to get it fixed before he would be allowed to deliver any papers.
If this story is true as reported to me, have some people reached a new low? I get the MDJ and the Atlanta newspaper delivered each morning and welcome the sound of their cars knowing that the newspapers are waiting for me. These carriers get up at an ungodly hour, and make their rounds in the dark and all kinds of adverse weather while most of us sleep comfortably. And they don’t make the money that those in gated communities do. Perhaps the homeowner in this instance, instead of calling the MDJ to complain, could have shown some seasonal spirit and offered to help defray the cost of the repair. I imagine, though, that the homeowner never experienced hard times and wouldn’t appreciate the plight of the less fortunate.