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The wages of fear*

The ProJo's Lynn Arditi has done some great stories on the human impact of the foreclosure crisis in Rhode Island, and she had another one yesterday, a profile of a constable who does hard work, trying to make a living while forcing people from their homes.

One day he noticed a child’s crayon drawing taped to one of those refrigerators, and the reality startled him, like a slap.

“What am I doing to these people?” he thought.

Another morning, he showed up to evict residents of a dilapidated triple-decker in Providence’s West End and found the door open and tenants darting in and out, grabbing furniture and clothing. One tenant, Maria Beaufort, was trying to sooth her restless toddler while guarding furniture and other belongings in the back yard. She stared at the constable.

“Do you like your job?” she asked.

The question stopped him. “No,” he replied, flatly. “No, I don’t.”

* Bonus points if you got this reference.

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