Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Do you see me now?

Someone needs to start getting a hold on unemployment. People are losing their shit.

"Fresno, CA (KFSN) -- Long lines, short tempers and hot temperatures turned into a recipe for an ugly scene that started as a job opportunity and ended with five arrests. Police say people started lining up before 5 a.m., hoping for a job at WinCo. The grocery store is still under construction at Kings Canyon and Peach but the hiring process is already underway.

Screams and fighting women interrupted the wait for a job Monday. It happened when hundreds of people showed up to apply for work. Instead, they ended up witnessing this brawl. "Out of nowhere they just start hitting each other, and the next thing you know more people start fighting," said Eduardo Oceguera.

Fresno police officers arrived on the scene within minutes. They say the fight was the result of a longtime family feud. Five people are now facing charges of fighting in public. "One officer arrived, tried to separate the fighters and had to resort to using pepper spray on three or four people," said Sgt. Richard de Jong.

The people who lined up for jobs say tempers started to get short as people waited in the hot sun for hours. Many left disappointed, leaving with only an application. "I thought we were going to be interviewed on the spot. But we got in there, and they gave us this paper, and it says to come back to Piccadilly "

Watch the video here.


  1. Had dinner with a guy last night from Argentina and he talked about what it was like growing up with 25% unemployment. In Fresno they are at 15% so it helps to explain the desperation, but this story is still off the hook.

  2. have you ever been to Fresno?

    I thought not.

    The new Winco is deep in Indian Country, very ghetto, stuffed to the gills with bangers of all sorts.

    Not a nice place at all.....mix valley heat with grinding poverty, add a dash of thug and what do ya get?

    Watch the video.

  3. Not Fresno, but we have plenty of contenders in my area. Say, if that happened in East Palo Alto - that would be something to keep an eye on.

    The lower income areas are definitely going to show the strain more. It would serve us all well to get them occupied as soon as possible. Idle hands and all....