Either this report is a fabrication, or the guys in question haven’t been clued in to how special Seattle is…
Construction workers from across the country came to the Cedar Rim Apartments in Newcastle for a major remodeling project.They worked for weeks but were only partially paid. Now, some are stranded and taxpayers are footing some of the bill.
Donald Gill and Marc Cox are now stranded thousands of miles from home with no money, no jobs, and no way back.
The men are two of 14 construction workers who answered a Craigslist ad offering good pay and plenty of work to come refurbish apartments.
Somehow the deal went bad and the workers were left to fend for themselves.
Gill says he worked for three weeks but was only paid for one.
Now, a month without money, he and Cox have resorted to food stamps, paid for by Washington taxpayers, to survive.
Somebody should tell those guys that thanks to Seattle’s perma-hot real estate market, there are plenty of construction jobs out there building new homes in a futile attempt to meet our area’s insatiable home-buying demand.
(Eric Wilkinson, King 5 News, 05.13.2007)