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VIDEO: Winsdscreen wiper gets a job

BY RACQUEL PORTER
Observer staff reporter
porterr@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, January 11, 2019

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ANTHONY Scotland, the windscreen wiper who last year shared his story with the Jamaica Observer about his fight to provide for his children, now has a job.

Since the Observer highlighted his story five days before Christmas Day, scores of readers expressed their readiness to assist the father of two.

However, efforts to contact him were futile.

When the Observer went in search of him on Chesterfield and Marcus Garvey drives yesterday, his friends, who were busy wiping windscreens, shouted: “Him get a work over 'wharf' enuh.

“Him soon forward, still. A soon lunchtime, so him soon walk come cross.”

Fifteen minutes later, Scotland appeared, wearing a hard hat bearing the China Harbour Engineering Company Limited logo. He was delighted to see the Observer team.

He explained that he could not be reached during the festive season because his mother, who resides in Mandeville, Manchester, was ill so he had to visit her.

The father, who said he gave his family the last $200 he had before leaving home in Majesty Gardens, St Andrew, yesterday morning, said he planned to wipe as many windscreens as he could in the vicinity of Chesterfield Drive and Marcus Garvey Drive before his lunch break ended and he had to return to work.

The 30-year-old explained that he has been working since Monday, assisting with the building of concrete fixtures for the road improvement project currently under way in Portia Simpson Miller Square.

But little did he know that the Observer was there yesterday to hand over money that a reader in the Diaspora had sent for him.

“I am grateful for your help. Thanks to everyone,” Scotland said.

Last December, he pointed out that not all windscreen wipers were ill-tempered or ill-mannered. He said then that most of the individuals who wipe windscreens do so because they have no other options.

“When dem close the road (Portia Simpson Miller Square, due to an ongoing road improvement project), we go and ask dem fi work and dem say a di Chiney dem ting,” the former Cumberland High School student said then, insisting that he's trying to ensure that his sons will never have to walk in his shoes.

Emphasising then that he wanted to learn a trade or start a business to sustain his family, he said he's fighting to keep his five-year-old in school.

“Mi need something and mi a tell you straight, if mi nuh get into a school me just affi gwaan continue until mi get a work. Mi nuh wah do nuh wrong, and that's why mi deh a di stoplight. Mi can hold it [hunger] but dem cyaah [be hungry],” Scotland said.

Although just four days in, Scotland is also grateful he is now working.

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