Feedback: Woman Is Desperate For Job

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"All I need is a job. I don't want anymore handouts. I want a job."

Joann Padula's message is simple: "hire me."

She says it with a sign.

A former substitute teacher, she's been without a job for over two years.

She has car payments to make and a service dog who needs medical help.

Padual is desperate.

She was out on Watertown's Public Square Tuesday with her dog to tell the world.

"Every day I go out and look for jobs, look for work, do applications," she said.

But that hasn't worked so far and she doesn't know what else to do.

Now, she's at her last resort. 

Touting her sign, talking to people, telling her story, she's hoping someone will be able to help her.

"Seeing her out there like that looking for a job to do anything, it just really touched me," said passerby Elizabeth Pizer.

So far, there have been no results.

So Padula will keep trying.

Why is employment so important to her? Because she wants what any normal person wants. 

"To live in a way that's dignified, the way people should live. They can't just survive on food stamps. That's no way to live," said Padula.

Padula says she will be outside with her signs until she has a job.

With winter right around the corner, she hopes that happens sooner rather than later.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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