Why must we automatically presume that Mr. Keys was exploited? (“Was Roseville’s ‘Dancing Man’ exploited?” Press Tribune, Nov. 23.) The story didn’t indicate if Mrs. Erikson spoke with Mr. Keys, was she simply outraged on his behalf? Sign wavers typically make minimum wage, if Jones and Nash had hired a service to do this they probably would have paid less than $100 for the day. Is it possible that instead of exploiting Mr. Keys, they looked for an opportunity to help him? Jones and Nash could have easily chosen to contract a service, asked a high school kid, or even one of their own kids for that matter. Instead they chose to find a man in our community with limited financial resources and were able to benefit him, probably overpaying in the process.
No, I haven’t spoken with Jones or Nash to ask their motivation, but I do know them personally. Frankly, I am a little offended by the presumption that this was insensitive or in any way nefarious. I choose instead to applaud Jones and Nash for finding a way to help Mr. Keys, one of our Roseville citizens with a financial need.
Scott Otsuka, Roseville