Fed-up man makes 'He can get a job' sign, stands next to panhandler
A Bellevue man became so tired of seeing the same panhandler on Highway 100 every day for years, he decided to make his own sign saying, “He Can Get A Job” and stand next to him.
It's a daily ritual for Chad Fox and his dog, manning the intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Highway 100.
But it’s not the fact that he’s a panhandler that’s troubling Bellevue residents; it’s how long he’s been there.
“He's been given help, he's been given a truck, he's been given a place to live, he's been offered jobs multiple, multiple times and turns them all down,” said Tyler Blair, the one who made the sign. "I work very, very hard. I work very hard. Too hard to just see people hanging out asking for money for nothing.”
He passes Fox every single day and says, one day, it all finally hit him.
“I think it was just more of a built-up thing where every day it builds and it builds and it builds,” Blair said.
So, he painted the sign and went out to the corner right next to Fox.
According to Fox, things got a little heated.
“If you want to express yourself in a sane way, do it, you know, I’m completely alright with that. I don't like getting threatened though,” Fox said.
“I straight-up told him, I was like, 'You can get out of here; no one wants you here, I don't want you here and you can leave,'” Blair said.
Fox drove a forklift for five years but now says he feels stuck. He has no idea what he wants to do.
“I know I don't want to do this for the rest of my life, of course,” he said.
He says that next job must be something he wants to do for the rest of his life; he won't take a job that he doesn't like or will get bored with and end up quitting.
“I don't want to hop around from convenience store, to fast food, to a different job every six months,” Fox said.
Blair says he doesn't want anything bad to happen. He just wants Chad to get a job.
Blair says most of the reactions have been overwhelmingly positive, and as long as Fox keeps standing there, he'll keep coming out and standing right there with him.