They straggle into the deserted parking lot from all directions, one by one, wearing hoodie sweatshirts and jackets zipped to the Adam’s apple.
It’s one of those crisp winter days when tufts of white smoke cut the air with their every breath.
At 6:30 a.m., only a handful of men stand in a cluster.
Two hours later, there are more than 20.
– Charlote Observer 02.10.2012
Some are African American, but most are Latino. They hail from Mexico, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Ecuador, Venezuela.
And they all need work.
They’re called day laborers, and they gather each morning in hopes that building contractors, landscapers, home owners or small business owners will hire them for a day’s work.