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57 Responses to 55-Year-Old Homeless Man Has 2 Masters Degrees

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    3MM@ Female 13-17
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    August 9, 2011 at 9:30 am
    Link: 55-Year-Old Homeless Man Has 2 Masters Degrees - Maurice has a Masters in Plasma Physics from Dartmouth & a masters in Electrical Engineering and acoustics from Purdue.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    August 9, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I know a woman with a masters in business who recently, after 2 1/2 years unemployment, finally got a job as an assistant manager of a McDonalds.

    People with jobs don`t understand how difficult the job market is now.
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    DMonk Female 18-29
    71 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 9:47 am
    How does he have a cell phone if he doesn`t have money? He said he has voicemails on his phone...
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2011 at 9:48 am
    Talking about wrong choice of careers
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
    15511 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 9:49 am
    "How does he have a cell phone if he doesn`t have money? He said he has voicemails on his phone..."

    The government offers plans to people where they give them free cellphones with free monthly minutes
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
    4794 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 9:50 am
    Somebody give that guy a goddamn job in his career field.
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2011 at 9:53 am
    "People with jobs don`t understand how difficult the job market is now."

    But in all actuality, Wal-Mart is always hiring. It may not be your ideal job if the cost of living in your area isn`t terrible, but it will keep you afloat until you find what you are looking for...
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    Boredered Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2011 at 9:53 am
    He should come down and apply at my high school, they pay like a mother drater
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    myssiing Female 18-29
    53 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 9:55 am
    Someone get this guy a job! I want to see how he`s doing in a few months.
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    Subushie Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2011 at 9:57 am
    I am a high school drop-out and I have a job as a jeweler with two other people whom both have college degrees working under me.
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    highonhuffin Male 40-49
    180 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 10:01 am
    I see no proof that he has any degrees at all. Let you in on a little secret : a lot of homeless people are deranged.
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    Oldfrt Male 50-59
    750 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 10:03 am
    @Gerry1of1: People with jobs don`t understand how difficult the job market is now.

    Amen. I`m an IT architect, looking for a job since Dec. `08. Fortunately I was previously well paid and saved my nickels, so I`m doin OK. Lots of companies are hiring, but they can afford to be extremely picky. They want specific experience in a segment of an industry, experience with specific tools (even if they are not well known tools), experience with their specific clients... It`s hard for almost anyone to meet hiring criteria these days. And shenanigans in Congress are likely to cause mass hiring freezes, if they haven`t already. I feel this man`s pain.
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    ATL1EN Male 18-29
    622 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 10:07 am
    Job market is difficult. i know. im working for less than i should be with my degrees. thats just the way america is right now. i just find it hard to belive a large chubby man with a button up shirt and sweater, with a cell phone. has no job... uhh BULLpoo!
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    ATL1EN Male 18-29
    622 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 10:09 am
    @Subushie those 2 people are dumb as sheet mane. but congrats for you i guess
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    Klamz Male 18-29
    689 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 10:19 am
    He has 14 voice messages on his phone and says he`s looking for a job. He`s homeless with nothing to do.

    Maybe check your voice-mail once in a while and you`d get a job fatty.

    You can have all the degree`s in the world, doesn`t make you smart.

    As a general rule if you are stupid enough to get a degree and can`t get a job without it, you in fact are an idiot and need that degree. So congratz to those who know what you need, pity your idiots though.
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
    4794 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 10:25 am
    Wow klamz, jealous much? And who you calling `fatty`, fatty?
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10441 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 10:31 am
    Unemployment is 9% over there. It`s higher than normal but it`s not so high that it spells disaster.

    Even if what this guy says is true, it`s just one case. He could have very, very bad luck or there could be some other reason entirely why he hasn`t found work.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10441 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 10:38 am
    As a general rule if you are stupid enough to get a degree and can`t get a job without it, you in fact are an idiot and need that degree

    *herm*. No. That doesn`t make sense.
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    VAJENGA Male 30-39
    532 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 10:47 am
    His masters degrees are framed and hanging in his refrigerator box/apartment.
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    evanbartlett Male 30-39
    559 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 10:49 am
    It is quite likely that most consider him overqualified. A PhD in Plasma Physics isolates him into pretty specific work and there just aren`t that many jobs that require that kind of degree. He may have educated himself into a corner. Regardless, my heart goes out to him, and I hope that he finds something soon.
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
    4290 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 11:52 am
    You can have all the degree`s in the world, doesn`t make you smart.
    Correct. The causal relationship goes the other way. Being smart lets you have lots of degrees.
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    Buzzard250 Male 18-29
    342 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm
    Because college educations really get you somewhere.
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    cyborg Male 13-17
    2790 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm
    he looks/sounds like an old black women who smokes
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    IrishJesus Male 18-29
    483 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm
    Awww, Klamz is so lonely that he has to resort to trolling all of IAB? Maybe he should pick up a hobby if he has that much free time.
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    Blatto Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm
    @Oldfrt

    The wording in your post reminds me of the stuff Liam Neeson says to the bad guy on the phone right after his daughter is kidnapped in Taken.
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    rogue_knight Male 40-49
    868 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm
    McDonalds will hire no matter what your experience. And it looks like he`snot missed many meals
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    Oldfrt Male 50-59
    750 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm
    @Blatto, DRAT! I`m busted.
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    punk7634 Female 18-29
    191 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm
    "McDonalds will hire no matter what your experience. And it looks like he`snot missed many meals"

    Most Mcdonald`s will turn you down if you`re overqualified.
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    Willowwatch Female 30-39
    734 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm
    someone give that man a Delorean so he can help himself (his younger self that is)
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    Subushie Male 18-29
    1646 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 2:26 pm
    @ATL1EN- They are actually pretty intelligent. It simply shows that having a college degree doesn`t really mean poo if you don`t have the personality or skills that employers are looking for.
    Sometimes, simply being a smooth talker will get you everywhere ;D
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    tsiemens Male 30-39
    515 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm
    ...this country aS GREAT as it is he says....
    Maybe 25 years ago sure, but not for a long time. I love our southern neighbours by the way, always so friendly to us when I go with my wife, too bad the government doesn`t care about anyone other than the rich elite.
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    thehitcher Male 18-29
    237 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm
    i hope this trends like the golden voice guy. get this guy a 6 figure job or better
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    username3415 Male 18-29
    362 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm
    This is why while I`m currently earning a degree in electrical engineering I am also learning how to live outside..
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    Sachi001 Male 30-39
    599 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm
    Talk is cheap. Put up the paperwork.
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    Dickens Male 18-29
    74 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm
    "I see no proof that he has any degrees at all."

    Cause- yeah, most people carry their degrees in their back pockets.
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    Dickens Male 18-29
    74 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm
    "Sometimes, simply being a smooth talker will get you everywhere ;D"

    In sales...
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    shinu Male 18-29
    1387 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 8:35 pm
    Purdue represent!

    oh wait...
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    thenedman Male 18-29
    294 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 9:53 pm
    @Sachi001 if you go to the actual youtube page the guy references his linkedin account and stuff like that.
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    xelous Male 18-29
    2513 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 10:18 pm
    That`s a third of the credentialed. So what else is new?
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    xelous Male 18-29
    2513 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 10:21 pm
    Real reason for this green thing. College students, realizing the lack of job market, learn to live off the land.
    Do they have urban camping courses?
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
    2422 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 10:27 pm
    Higher education in this country is mostly a scam anyway.
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    Fleaman1797 Male 18-29
    718 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 10:54 pm
    This country is dratin dying man..
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    davymid Male 30-39
    12140 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 10:57 pm
    See, this is what pisses me off about *some* Conservative Americans, and their assumptions on how socialism is somehow inherently evil. I`ve heard time and time again, how people who don`t have a job are lazy-ass bastards who simply haven`t tried hard enough. And the corollory: That people who are now wealthy have earned that in sweat and tears.

    Guess what? Both are bullsh*t. Some hard-working people find themselves out of a job, especially in this tumultuous economic climate. And likewise, some rich-boys inherit their father`s fortune when he dies.

    What does a 12% flat tax rate mean to a white, upper-class American? A slightly smaller yacht. What does it mean to a regular person? Spending the night hungry.

    I`m no Bill Gates, but I do alright. And I retain that *SENSIBLE* wealth distribution is a good thing.
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    peloos12 Male 18-29
    3822 posts
    August 10, 2011 at 12:43 am
    Ahhh. From the land of opportunity to the land of nopportunity in 100 years.

    Why are people finding this so hard to believe? This country is falling apart in front of our eyes, man. If you live here and can`t see it, you`re in denial.
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    Dedfink Female 18-29
    247 posts
    August 10, 2011 at 1:08 am
    Did anyone watch the homeless singer from after the video played? Wowza!
  46. Profile photo of Sachi001
    Sachi001 Male 30-39
    599 posts
    August 10, 2011 at 2:33 am
    @thenedman
    "@Sachi001 if you go to the actual youtube page the guy references his linkedin account and stuff like that."

    LOL! Yeah here is the links form youtube page

    From the Boston Globe that doesn`t mention nada, but on a local library story.

    http://articles.boston.com/2011-03-28/ae/29360564_1_central-library-school-libraries-sundays/2
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    Sachi001 Male 30-39
    599 posts
    August 10, 2011 at 2:36 am
    Here is the other one that shows a resume from linkedin. Yes and we all believe every resume.



    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/maurice-johnson/14/b42/b9

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    Sachi001 Male 30-39
    599 posts
    August 10, 2011 at 2:44 am
    Especially a resume that doesn`t list contact information on former employers and universities, was out of work for 17 years in between his last two jobs, and at the age of 17 started Dartmouth College in the age where it was extremely difficult as a black man to get into an Ivy League school. Yep a lot of BS I do believe I smell, and so do many other employers.
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    aquaman1227 Male 18-29
    683 posts
    August 10, 2011 at 3:15 am
    Around 4:22. Totally sounds like him.
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    tommy2X4 Male 50-59
    3447 posts
    August 10, 2011 at 5:34 am
    I have had a GED (Get Everything Done) Two actually.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36829 posts
    August 10, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Klamz - "As a general rule if you are stupid enough to get a degree and can`t get a job without it, you in fact are an idiot "
    Looks like someone`s had it too easy.... don`t worry Klamz, Life will send some kicks your way. I just hope the kicks are video`d so we get to see them
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    ImaComputer Male 18-29
    286 posts
    August 10, 2011 at 10:48 am
    I was lucky enough to have contacts out of college that helped me start up my business, but my best friend with a masters in political science(yes not the best field) has been out of work for almost 2 years now. He has applied for jobs in all fields and has even been turned down for busser work. Most places say he is overqualified for them, or are extremely picky about skills in obsolete equipment. I let him live at my place and offer him work whenever I need extra help, but he has no family and could easily have been out on the streets like this man. Stories like this make me appreciate what I have.
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    Errand_boy Male 30-39
    621 posts
    August 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm
    Yeah, I have 3 degrees as well. AND, I`m a Capitan for the United Federation of Planets, soooooo.....

    @ ImaComputer: Well good for you, oh wait, YOU`RE A F*CKING COMPUTER!
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    YugureKage Female 18-29
    1205 posts
    August 12, 2011 at 10:32 pm
    Thank you Gerry...for sticking it to Klamz. It`s so hard to pursue the things you love but then there are no jobs out there. I am an English major, thinking that may be pretty versatile, but I am so worried. I want to pursue graduate studies in Wales for Medieval history but of course there will be no jobs for that. It`s so tough right now. Just finding work at a McDonalds is really hard :( I am from around the Cleveland area too so I know exactly what this man is talking about. Everything here is dead...and the town I live in is an absolute ghost town. It`s a terrible time to be graduating from college. Maybe 2012 will kills us all and spare us the struggle of finding work...haha...
  55. Profile photo of YugureKage
    YugureKage Female 18-29
    1205 posts
    August 12, 2011 at 10:45 pm
    Sachi001-"Especially a resume that doesn`t list contact information on former employers and universities" Linkedin doesn`t directly ask for that information. I have an account there and it doesn`t include spaces for contact information. I`m not saying that this guy isn`t a fake or is a fake, but Linkedin simply doesn`t ask for this stuff. Also, it was indeed harder for african-americans to get into the Ivy Leagues, but not impossible. I give this guy the benefit of the doubt.
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    inversegrav Male 30-39
    770 posts
    August 14, 2011 at 9:43 am
    this was thuroly depressing.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    August 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm
    SOme reason i thought it said guy has to mistresses....

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