Triple-Duty Employee | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, MS

Triple-Duty Employee

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Ken Stiggers

Miss Doodle Mae: "Today, I celebrate my 8-year anniversary at Jojo's Discount Dollar Store. I remember being a December graduate from Inspector 'Beat Down' Lipcomb's School of Security looking for my first job. When I saw the 'Help Wanted for Christmas Holiday' sign taped on the door of Jojo's store, I had a good feeling. Confidently, I entered the store and introduced myself to the lone owner, Jojo, and his two employees. It seemed as if Jojo anticipated me to apply for a job when he said to his small staff, 'Here's our Christmas gift, a full time security guard, part-time cashier and store spokesperson.' Suddenly, I became Jojo's Discount Dollar Store's first triple-duty employee, mostly working security, sometimes the cash register and a little bit of public relations.

"Having three job responsibilities did not bother me at all. Plus, I was happy that he hired me because I needed a job.

"Eight holidays later, I've had the honor and privilege to gain a lot of experience in the store retail industry, become an assistant store manager and witness a small businessman (with a funny name) establish himself as an entrepreneur, community leader and true job creator.

"During this holiday season and uncertain economic period, Jojo hopes that all small businesspersons and job creators will give the gift of gainful employment to deserving individuals struggling to survive.

"Jojo's Discount Dollar Store staff wishes those who are unemployed happy holidays and a job."

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