Thursday, November 12, 2009
We Are The Working Poor
A New York woman who worked three jobs to pay for her kids' education was found dead on the job - where she'd been sleeping.
48 year old Anna May Harting of Wappingers Falls had been warned before about sleeping in the closet at her janitorial office at SUNY Purchase. But a friend said he'd helped her bring a mattress to the office because she said the long commute and the cost of gas made it worth the risk. Harting had been supervising the custodial staff at the Performing Arts Center for 13 years, and a housemate said she was working extra jobs to pay for her daughter's college and to support her son. Her children lived about an hour away.
Friends said she'd sounded sick when they'd last spoken with her. Her daughter said her mother had been recovering from bronchitis, but was getting better.
The Westchester County Medical Examiners office said the death was not suspicious.
Bringing a mattress to your job so you can sleep in the closet. What else are people doing to try to make ends meet?