Thursday, August 30, 2007

Profile: Dominique Gordon, pizza marketer

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 10:30 AM

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Dominique Gordon stands next to Pleasantdale Road in Tucker advertising pizza specials with a large poster board. The 18-year-old took the first job he could find after moving from Milwaukee three weeks ago. He makes $7 per hour.

“To turn my life around,” he replies when asked why he moved here.

For four hours every day, he holds a sign promoting $5 pizzas. “Really, all we have to do is keep the sign moving,” he says.

Gordon listens to rap on his MP3 player while working. “[The music helps with] ignoring the heat and keeping me focused,” he says.

Passers-by sometimes give him the finger. Some stop and give him cold drinks. He says people will even drive by and shout, “I know it’s hot; you need a cold beer?”

Dominique says he’s looking for a better job. “Something inside at least.”

(Photo by Andisheh Nouraee)

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