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POLL: Would You Pick Strawberries?

Pajaro Valley farmers are in desperate need of help. Would you work in the fields?

Jennifer Squires' Patch story today detailed the trouble farmers are facing finding workers to pick crops.

The problem is so bad, Squires reports, that workers are clocking major overtime and fields full of ripe fruit and vegetables are being tilled under. Meanwhile, the area faces a 20 percent unemployment rate.

If you are or were unemployed, would you apply for these jobs? Why or why not?

Vote in our poll and explain your reasons in the comments.  

randy September 13, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Jennifer.. it is because that would be considered ABUSE to the prisoners. They have a coshy life
Kim September 13, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I voted NO, only because physically I know I couldn't do that job anymore. I did it for a few years in my teen years. Where we lived we were surrounded by berry fields. That is one of the hardest jobs in the fields.
Watzon McWats September 13, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Minimum security prisoners do work, but it's optional - thus not abuse. Golden Gate Park comes to mind - minimum security prisoners drive the lawn mowers, rake the leafs , etc.
David H. Perez September 13, 2012 at 10:51 PM
I voted yes because I would do whatever I have to do to keep my house and put food on the table. As a 57 year old man, sure, my back and joints get sore sometimes, but I have to keep going, even if that means having to pick strawberries to survive. Heck, I just refinished the hardwood floors in my house myself and survived. As a retired public employee, I do not have the funds to hire out that kind of work. But if something major goes out on the house, you will likely see me in the fields.
Monica September 14, 2012 at 01:17 AM
You can get a good pay check working in the fields. Several of my friends did it. Its an honest paying job. Something hard working people can do . Not everyone gets paid the same if your a quick learner & good at picking then you will get a good paycheck.

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