DETROIT (WWJ) – A text message promised a job fair that was supposed to be held Wednesday morning by Chrysler at Detroit’s Lafayette Tower. Crowds of people reportedly showed up — only to find out there never was such an event.
That included a client of Corrinda Washington, program director of Michigan Legal Services.
She told WWJ Newsradio 950 her client borrowed money for a ride to what she thought would be a shot at finding work.
“She said there were hundreds of people, that there were people getting off the bus in droves; that there were people getting dropped off, people getting out of cabs. When she was talking to me she was just saying, ‘Here are more people showing up’,” Washington said.
Recently, there have been other Metro Detroit job fairs advertised by word-of-mouth that also turned out to be false.
“It’s just really sad, because it just speaks to the desperation and the climate of unemployment. I think that it’s just a cruel practice,” she said.
Washington suggests that if you hear about a job fair, you should contact your local Michigan “Works First” office to verify that it is legitimate.