MISSION VALLEY — As San Diego’s economy grinds to a screeching halt, more and more businesses are finding their parking lots filled with day laborers searching for work. One prime example is the parking lot of the Bed Bath and Beyond in Mission Valley.
“These women are aggressive. They won’t take no for an answer,” said one Bed Bath and Beyond customer, who struggled to get past a barrage of day laborers to get to his vehicle.
On any given day, the parking lot will be filled with 50 to 100 Caucasian women that will do contract work for next to nothing. They’re available to come to your house and help with tasks like hanging curtains, color coordinating your living room, or finding the best place for your new overpriced welcome mat.
Some of the women are desperate housewives looking for extra income, while others are former employees of Linens N’ Things.
Though most of the Bed Bath and Beyond day laborers have good intentions and are just looking for work, police have received enough complaints of harassment to start making arrests.
“This one woman hit me with a rolling pin when I told her I wouldn’t hire her to setup my new ironing board,” said one man, who was still trembling in fear from the incident.
“The situation is getting worse and worse everyday,” said SDPD Officer Jay Witney.
“It’s almost as bad as the out-of-work bartenders in the BevMo parking lot, but not nearly as bad as the clown situation outside Party City,” he added.