Six people died in New York while trying to shovel snow during winter storm Jonas’ assault on the U.S. East Coast last weekend: three in Queens, two on Staten Island, and one in Brooklyn.
All were men, and their ages ranged from 51 to 80.
In Philadelphia, an 18-year-old pregnant woman died Saturday while shoveling. She suffered from a rare heart defect that can cause a rapid heart rate.
Nowadays when the snow piles up, homeowners are left asking the question, “where are the kids?!?”
Petula Dvorak asked the question in the Washington Post.
“The work ethic of our kids: Where is it? Where are the entrepreneurial snow shovelers?”
“Kids jostled to be the first to ring the doorbells of the snowed-in, the $5 driveways added up, and that new Atari Defender game cartridge, those rainbow Vans — yours and yours.”
“3 ft of snow and NO kids knocking on doors to make money shoveling on a Sunday! What does that tell you? Sad state of affairs,” tweeted CNN analyst and retired NYPD detective Harry Houck.”
3 ft of snow and NO kids knocking on doors to make money shoveling on a Sunday! What does that tell you? Sad state of affairs!— Harry J Houck (@harryjhouck) January 24, 2016
Why aren’t able-bodied youth taking to their neighbourhood with shovel in hand, either offering their services for a profit or doing it for free? Are personal devices and video games too addictive? Why aren’t parents forcing their children outside to offer their assistance?
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