Well, That Sucks, Piedmont


My first computer repair store was in Piedmont. I opened in October 2012 and was relatively successful. But the town seemed a little… odd. I was surprised at the number of customers who came in and grilled me about my background. They didn’t want to know my experience in computer repair, they wanted to know who my momma was, and who her momma was, aunts, cousins, you name it. Thankfully, I was prepared and my mother had provided a list of relatives and their occupation that I could refer to.

Like many towns, I encountered those who didn’t care what the cost was and then I encountered those who refused to pay the bare minimum. “Fixed income” was tossed around and there was more than one occasion that a customer was offended that I didn’t offer to fix their computer for free. One too many ice and thunderstorms prompted me to move my business closer to home. I haven’t visited Piedmont for more than a few minutes every couple of months, but the city keeps getting hit harder and harder.

It was announced earlier this month that 120 works at the CVG Piedmont plant were going to be out of work only six months after voting to unionize. It’s a shame that these families will face additional hardship and jobless. But when you live in a town that’s been crumbling for so long, when do you take the hint and look for work elsewhere?

I wish those families luck and hope that they will find work elsewhere. Piedmont may be a nice place to visit, but it certainly isn’t a place to make a living these days.

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Emily is the person to blame behind Surviving Alabama. She is a nerd, a mother, and sometimes pretends to be a writer (although there was that one legit writing job for a few years...). When she isn't writing, repairing computers, or designing websites, Emily is happily raising three children with her very understanding husband.


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