Hot Dog Stand Could Give Jobs To Felons

Hot Dog Stand Could Give Jobs To Felons

There are 224 comments on the Cbs2chicago.com story from Jul 24, 2006, titled Hot Dog Stand Could Give Jobs To Felons. In it, Cbs2chicago.com reports that:

It's no secret that convicted felons have a tough time getting jobs.CBS 2's Jon Duncanson reports on a Chicago businessman who's giving them a second chance.Jim Andrews runs a disposable products business on ...

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dmz

United States

#23 Feb 21, 2007
yes, me: convicted felon... self employed for the past 10 years; 3 outstanding "unpaid" invoices in my company to date: a doctor, a lawyer and a syracuse police officer... what does that tell you about mankind?
gradschoolfelon wrote:
Well, you will not work in the field of law enforcement in any way, shape, or form. If you have the ability and character traits, you could pursue a master's in counseling and then work towards a Ph.D. in Public Policy w/ a focus on criminal justice and/or alternative sentencing programs. However, you would not be doing any sort of law enforcement, you'd have to deal with the treatment and counseling end of it within an alternative sentencing arena. That's just an idea, because I'm doing it. Wish you the best, but it's really difficult to get into graduate school and Ph.D. programs; I hope you did well in school.
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Steve Parker

Darlington, SC

#24 Mar 22, 2007
I'm a convicted felon because I
drove with a suspended license
one to many times. When poeple
think of felons, they think of
armed robers, assalts, burglers,
etc. But in the eyes of an employer they just don't care. I've never been to prison. The most time I spent in jail was 5
hours waiting for bond court.
I was 25 when this occured, and
I'm 33 now. I had to start my own
business because no one would hire me. I could have lied on my resume and said I was not an a felon, but with my luck they would have done a criminal records check. I'm branded a felon for life for a few youthful
indescretions.
Michael-Chicago

Chicago, IL

#25 Mar 27, 2007
I feel for all of you. I also had a clean record when I was convicted of a felony in 2006. I was extremely depressed and withdrew in many ways from resposibilites. The money I embezzled allowed me to stay home more or go places by myself. I was really in a crappy place in my life because I hated my job, and also what I was doing. Being HIV positive without insurance didn't help either. I just kept going round and round and didn't see an exit.

Actually, I am glad I was caught. I didn't serve any jail time and received a two-year probation, paid back about 15,000 of the 50, 000 or more I took. I am still not working, but I am on way back to a happier life. I am doing an internship at a social service agency and rebuilding my references that burned from my last job.

Also, has anyone in Chicago heard of The Safer Foundation...they may be able to help? Also, some felonies can be expunged..look into all your options and know your rights!
Michael-Chicago

Chicago, IL

#26 Mar 28, 2007
Steve Parker wrote:
I'm a convicted felon because I
drove with a suspended license
one to many times. When poeple
think of felons, they think of
armed robers, assalts, burglers,
etc. But in the eyes of an employer they just don't care. I've never been to prison. The most time I spent in jail was 5
hours waiting for bond court.
I was 25 when this occured, and
I'm 33 now. I had to start my own
business because no one would hire me. I could have lied on my resume and said I was not an a felon, but with my luck they would have done a criminal records check. I'm branded a felon for life for a few youthful
indescretions.
Steve,

This would be considered a non-violent crime. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this felony could be expunged from your record. When you get a felony expunged, it means that you do not have to list it on an application any longer. Check with a legal advocacy group in South Carolina for guidlines in your area.
mike

Park Ridge, IL

#27 Mar 29, 2007
yeh, all in good. i was on drugs once, am clean now, but have multiple fellonies for drug possesion and intent to sell. AND YOU KNOW WHAT even with a bachlor degree in network communications and managment and on top of the other of other SH-- i know like serveres hardware software repair and maintnance, linux unix windows ethernet running laser machine calibration website desigh PHP FLAH (THERE IS SO MUCH MORE) i cant find any job, not even wallmart. i mean here i am having 3-5 interviews a month for good jobs, i go to them knowing full ell i will never get then no matter wha qualifications i have. i think we all should just give up and face the wrath. why the only way one of us will even be successfull is when he/she starts their own business, but even that is denied because your not going to get any loans EVEN WITH PERFECT 740 CREDIT! so just sit and watch the world go by, feel yourself getting older and not moving anywhere AND HOPE TO GOD YOU HAVE SOMEONE TO SUPPORT YOU AND GIVE YOU SHELTER AND FOOD. thats what i have to look forward to, so wont you all join me in this misery.
Michael-Chicago

Chicago, IL

#28 Mar 30, 2007
Mike,

I know it can be hard, but don't give up. Have you heard of Safer Foundation in Chicago? They should be able to help you with. If you have any questions, I will be happy to pass along my email address and I can tell you a little bit more about the organization. You can reach me at [email protected]
jose tucson az

Tucson, AZ

#29 Apr 4, 2007
gradschoolfelon wrote:
Well, you will not work in the field of law enforcement in any way, shape, or form. If you have the ability and character traits, you could pursue a master's in counseling and then work towards a Ph.D. in Public Policy w/ a focus on criminal justice and/or alternative sentencing programs. However, you would not be doing any sort of law enforcement, you'd have to deal with the treatment and counseling end of it within an alternative sentencing arena. That's just an idea, because I'm doing it. Wish you the best, but it's really difficult to get into graduate school and Ph.D. programs; I hope you did well in school.

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hey man i feel you shit i have the same damn problem and cats do have more rights employers just dont give a shit and if any one realy reads this state law does not creat felonies its society (i want to work i just got turned down a good job today) know what i would say dude if some one aposes your forward thinking say to your self or them (suck my fucking dick) because if your good you will see a way to get what you want thats what i do its just taking a little longer than i hoped. good luck dude by the way because of your field consider what i said about how society does families not just individuals.
jose tucson az

Tucson, AZ

#30 Apr 4, 2007
Michael-Chicago wrote:
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Steve,

This would be considered a non-violent crime. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this felony could be expunged from your record. When you get a felony expunged, it means that you do not have to list it on an application any longer. Check with a legal advocacy group in South Carolina for guidlines in your area.
man thats bull shit society knows how to stick it to you. no one knows better that the persons going in process with the courts like i do . understand when i say its not the court systems i blame if you did something you should have to face the music but society does not have to fuck up a happy home sould at least gavie you a chance if you fuck up call my po i go straight to jail its as simple as that but no you have to be a perfect little shit that walks upon pink and white roses and even those have thornes
Michael-Chicago

Chicago, IL

#31 Apr 4, 2007
jose tucson az wrote:
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man thats bull shit society knows how to stick it to you. no one knows better that the persons going in process with the courts like i do . understand when i say its not the court systems i blame if you did something you should have to face the music but society does not have to fuck up a happy home sould at least gavie you a chance if you fuck up call my po i go straight to jail its as simple as that but no you have to be a perfect little shit that walks upon pink and white roses and even those have thornes
Jose,

I'm sorry, but I'm not sure what your point is?
Started Over

United States

#32 Apr 6, 2007
I, like many have had doors closed for my felony convictions.

I've tried to keep a positive attitude, however, it's hard. The only job I am able to get are labor intensive blue collar jobs.

The only answer is to be self employed, forget the background checks forever.
Ray

United States

#33 Apr 18, 2007
I guess we are all here for the same reason. I was convicted for drug trafficking charges when I was 22 years old. I will be 27 this month & have a great resume.(None of my past employers did a background check) I recently quit my last job (which was dumb) before my next opportunity was set in stone. I was under the impression that my record would be expunged, & the judge turned it down. I've been clean for almost 5 year, am a very intelligent, & motivated individual who seeks an answer like most of you. Good luck to all of us who are trying to make right but have hit a brick wall called "our system".
earl walker

Chicago, IL

#34 Apr 24, 2007
it is a dam shame that im 18 caught my first case at 17 they came in the school to get me.Since i been out i have been clean i have not caught any cases but no body wont hire me. since i been out i had one job at a bakery they treated me like a slave. then the boss did not like me any way.

“Life is just a Moment, njoy it”

Since: Jan 07

Nekoosa, Wisconsin

#35 Apr 25, 2007
USEING X-FELONS AT HOT DOG STANDS??

UH- YEAH, SO.
tim

Morehead City, NC

#36 Apr 25, 2007
i am an otr driver of 10 yrs. i did something dumb and now i am a felon.i cannot even get a simple job.i have a perfect driving record.this felony has desdtroyed my life and i need to find work
asap to just plain survive.will anybody
in newport noth carolina give a chance?
D Mc - Dallas Tx

Plano, TX

#37 Apr 25, 2007
Hi, I'm also a felon. And I would just like to first of all let everybody know, it is true that CONVICTS DO GET STUCK IN A LOOP. I can't get a job. Not temp-services, not retail stores, NOT CONSTRUCTION, no where. So I would have never believed it until I went through this myself. But who cares about us, nobody. The judge and the DA forget about you after your case unless your under investigation or just well-known. But they say they want you to do right. Right... Nobody gives a damn that you got to eat as long as they got theirs. That's bull****. So why the f*** do people wonder why 80% of probationers f*** up their probation. I guess jail is where a con can always find a warm bed and a warm meal if they need it. I get so fed up with this I just want to take a (not "my"; im a law abiding citizen now) gun and blow off the head of every cop that thinks this is good for society and every judge who without even looking you in the eyes can sentence you to a life of struggle when all you want to do is get your s*** straight. But of course I'm rehabilitated so I would never do that regardless of how much I wish I could. But I guess it really doesn't matter to anybody but me and GOD cuz down here THERE IS NO JUSTICE.

“Life is just a Moment, njoy it”

Since: Jan 07

Nekoosa, Wisconsin

#38 Apr 26, 2007
tim wrote:
i am an otr driver of 10 yrs. i did something dumb and now i am a felon.i cannot even get a simple job.i have a perfect driving record.this felony has desdtroyed my life and i need to find work
asap to just plain survive.will anybody
in newport noth carolina give a chance?
Give BRIAN WENTZ a call, 800-233-1865 follow promps for recruiting. BE STRAIGHT with him.
Enrico Harris

Chicago, IL

#39 Apr 29, 2007
Can someone help me I am an excon and I can't get a job. I am homeless with my young son and I been desperately seeking work. PLease PLease help me with a job.
Or refer me to the right person where I can get a job.

[email protected]
tim

Morehead City, NC

#41 May 1, 2007
sure be nice if society could give an exfelon a job.hell i made a mistake 2 and cannot even get a
minumum wage job,i beleieve that society should allow a person to work based on a one on one relationship with that employee ,heck i lost everything important in my life except my wife who tells me to hang in there.so far it sucks puttiong in tons of job applications in town to be told no.t6he momemet you meantion the word felony the door shuts on that job.
jinx 13

Massillon, OH

#42 May 9, 2007
I feel for all of you, but its not just felons who cant find work. I had an accident at work and a workers comp claim...the company and union turned their back on me and elected not to have me return to work.it now shows up on my background check and I cant get fucking job because I am now considered high risk...sounds like we all ought to get together and start our own fortune 500 company.

“Life is just a Moment, njoy it”

Since: Jan 07

Nekoosa, Wisconsin

#43 May 10, 2007
jinx 13 wrote:
I feel for all of you, but its not just felons who cant find work. I had an accident at work and a workers comp claim...the company and union turned their back on me and elected not to have me return to work.it now shows up on my background check and I cant get fucking job because I am now considered high risk...sounds like we all ought to get together and start our own fortune 500 company.
Yeah, now that's the best idea of the year!!

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