Usually when you see someone on a street corner holding a sign, they want one thing... cash. Ria Clark says she wants a job.
She's got administrative assistant, secretary-type experience. She's also got a husband and two kids to help support.
"When I used to work full time and was making $15 an hour I used to see homeless people with these signs and give them money," Clark told me around 8am Friday.
She says she plans to stand at Memorial and Market (or possibly somewhere else) until she gets a job. She likes this spot because there's a lot of business people coming into downtown and they have to stop at a traffic signal.
"I need a job," says Clark. "I've been on unemployment far too long. I've applied at 100 different places. I get called back for interviews but no one's hiring... I don't want to be on unemployment, I don't want to be on public aid, I want to earn my income."
More power to Ria Clark!
Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV. Email Mark at MSchnyder@kmov.com.