Carl Myles has a lot going against him when it comes to finding a job. He is an African American ex-convict who has been unemployed for two years. Although he doesn’t consider his car wash on 36th Street and Mantua Avenue a job, it helps him earn a little extra income and something else important.
“It’s not a job, business or entrepreneurship. It’s a campaign,” Myles said. “Having this car wash keeps me away from the possibility of going back to jail.” And that is the most important thing for a man with two babies at home.
“I have my own house and bills have to be paid. Welfare denied me for medical coverage. Why? I don’t know,” he said.
He accepts cars, bicycles and scooters to name a few. “I guarantee you will love it and you will come back because I will put love into it.
Myles said he believes one of the biggest problems is people don’t want to work. “I know if somebody gave me a job I would get back to work.”
Until he finds a job, he will continue to brave the hot temperatures and earn any extra dollar he can.