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Set up to fail

August 18, 2011
Maui Weekly

Now imagine that this same firm trains you (in a field in which you already have significant experience) only six hours a week for a month, then tells you to call in every day to see if you have work. Next, imagine that you do this for a month-and-a-half without ever getting a day’s work.

Can you imagine the aggravation, the anger, the frustration, as you see your savings dry up, as you waste day after day in the vain hope that something will come about? Can you imagine ending up homeless in a place that is not familiar to you?

This happened to me in Kahului. Believe me, it was not fun. Because of the modern system of suing for slander even if the party is guilty as sin, I cannot disclose the name of the travel firm that I drove for. And apparently, this has happened to others there, too.

Is this an example of the aloha spirit? Is this the way newcomers should be treated, even if they are here to work? I have worked with people from Hawai‘i in other parts of the U.S. and they were treated with great interest and kindness because they were from Hawai‘i and that was interesting to people. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for my experience.

I understand that this same utter callousness has happened to others coming to the island. This must change. It is a form of murder to put a person who comes with all good intent in a bad situation, and then leave them left to fall to poverty and great difficulties.

Roger Freed



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