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May 12th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Sign-wearing man goes from pinkslip to paycheck

(CNN) – For more than a year, Paul Nawrocki, a laid-off toy executive, was desperate to get hired. He walked the streets of Manhattan wearing a sandwich board and handing out resumes.

It finally paid off and not a moment too soon. A week after his unemployment benefits ran out, Paul found a job. Our Richard Roth met up with him again to hear his inspirational story.

Filed under: Economy
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  1. Paul Nawrocki

    You must be referring to one of the anchors who presented the video on CNN because Richard Roth was totally empathic and kind to me and my family throughout this whole ordeal. I don't remember him ever saying "pathetic", but I would understand if someone did. After all that my wife and I have gone through the last two years, I was feeling like Job. This story is not really about me, but about the millions who were and many who are still unemployed. CNN's focus on this was not done to ridicule any of us, but to cast light on a group that had been previously invisible. They and I are grateful to Richard Roth, CNN and all the anchors presenting the story. Instead of feeling invisible, we at least feel supported and encouraged and for that we are nothing but thankful.
    Paul Nawrocki
    Former Sandwichboard Guy

    May 16, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    I completely agree with Beatriz's comments – I was shocked at the male guest co-host's comments and smug holier than thou demeanor (sitting in today with the always professional and thoroughly adorable Kiran Chetry). To call the man (subject of the story) pathetic was completely uncalled for and totally unacceptable.

    He should find himself without a job – that would be fair.

    What happened to the CNN of the past where the anchors and reporters kept their personal opinions to themselves and simply reported the news. Injecting a bit of charm and humour from time to time to break the monotony is fine of course, but the CNN anchors and reporters of the above ilk (John Roberts and Carol Costello along with this guy are the worst offenders) who fancy themselves as raconteurs need to spare us their opinions and remember what their role is which is to report the news.

    If CNN doesn't get their act together soon and get rid of some of these idiots, I will be finding another source for news.


    May 12, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  3. Beatriz

    This man story is very unfortunate. I feel sorry for him and anyone else suffering the impacts of the economic crisis. But apparently, the CNN anchor today reporting this story has no empathy at all. I wonder if he would be more humane if he was the one that lost his job. Which might be in jeopardy, since his comments today demonstrates total lack of intelligence.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:52 am |