Picture courtesy of the O.C. Register
As I was driving home on Friday, south on Main St., I wondered why the light was out at the intersection of Main and Town and Country – and why there were so many police around.
It turns out that an out of control car hit a man twirling a sign advertising Original Hems, a tailor at the City Place shopping center.
“An older man was driving the Mercury south on Main Street just after 3 p.m. Friday when he lost control near West Town and County Road, said Cmdr. Jeff Owens of the Santa Ana Police Department. A sign twirler working on the sidewalk was hit by the out-of-control Cougar and ended up pinned underneath the car, Owens said,” according to the O.C. Register.
There are some folks in Santa Ana who are entirely opposed to sign twirlers. My concern is for their well-being.
The unfortunate sign twirlers have to stand for hours at a time, twirling signs. That cannot be good for them, ergonomically speaking. This work could lead to neck and back problems.
Moreover, they are exposed to the elements. They could get skin cancer if they don’t use sun block.
They could also succumb to heat illness.
They do all of that for minimum wage. And most likely they don’t get benefits.
Cal/OSHA should be looking at this problem – but they aren’t. At the very least our local legislators should speak up on behalf of the sign twirlers.
I hope the poor man who was hit on Friday will be okay. But being hit by a car is a major traumatic accident. And he probably won’t be able to fully recover.
All of that to advertise a tailor…in retrospect it just wasn’t worth the few shekels the poor victim received for his labor.