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Man stands on Philadelphia street to beg for jobs

Aug. 22, 2013 at 3:24 PM   |   Comments

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A man who stands on a Philadelphia financial district street wearing a suit and holding a job-wanted sign says he's had six job interviews on the sidewalk.

Mark Mercer, 54, said he started standing on the street corner with his sign reading, "I Don't Want Your Change. I NEED A JOB" in June, and has handed out more than 100 resumes, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Thursday.

Mercer said he was fired from his customer service job in 2011 for refusing to yell at a technician and he lost his job at a car dealership last winter because of his impaired hearing.

Mercer, who wears his only black suit while standing on the street, said he and his two St. Bernard dogs, Stanley and Oliver, are now sleeping in his 1994 Ford Tempo.

However, Mercer said he is optimistic about the future.

"My life is in God's hands," he said. "I'm going to be fine. I believe something good is going to happen."

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