January 24, 2010
Having some fun reminding us (ugh) of tax time...
Every year, as income tax season approaches, Liberty Tax Services stations people in flowing Statue of Liberty costumes on street corners near their offices. The people Liberty hires don't just stand there, they dance and sing, wave and smile, run back and forth, wave the flag and their signs, and engage any passersby caught glancing their way.
The closer April 15 gets, the less likely I am to be amused. And on truly cold days -- when, Liberty has assured me in the past, their people are outside only for a few minutes at a time -- I get positively angry, no matter how bundled up they are.
But Saturday was in the 40s, and the crew outside Liberty's office at 1504 State Street, was hopping with energy -- dancing, running back and forth, engaging passing motorists and frequently earning a horn toot of approval. They were wasted there on that sidewalk; they shoulda been in showbiz. And all for just $7.50 an hour, four hours a day. For the next two months.
Let's hope the weather stays warm a bit longer... for their sake, if for nothing else.