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It's always 'fair' to go to work

Q. My husband recently died and left me enough money to live on. The problem is I'm bored and lonely if I just sit home, or go shopping to spend it all. I want to do something productive, and volunteer work isn't working for me. Is it fair for me to go out and take a job, even selling in a retail store because I see they need help, if someone more needy could use that job?

Ans. Indeed it is! Get out and go for an interview. Everyone is entitled to work. We don't tell people of means they have to stay home. America means fair competition and if you are chosen in an interview as the best person to fill that job, you are entitled to take it. Good luck.

 

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