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Local company has blunt message for job applicants

Posted October 21, 2013

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— In a day and age when most people job search online, a west Raleigh company has given the traditional help wanted sign a new twist – and they're leaving nothing to chance.

This past week, Fred Smith Company, at 6105 Chapel Hill Road, put up two large flashing signs that say, "Now hiring drug-free people."

The 630-employee construction company, which specializes in both public and private road projects, has 67 openings – many of which involve driving trucks or other heavy equipment.

Brent Wood, Fred Smith's vice president of legal affairs, says that prior to the signs, 70 to 80 percent of applicants could not pass drug tests.

The up-front anti-drug message, he says, keeps all parties from wasting their time.

"Safety is a priority to us," Wood said. "We want them to go home every day with all of their fingers and toes."

The signs appear to be working – and with heavy traffic from the nearby North Carolina State Fair, the company felt like it was a timely endeavor.

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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Oct 31, 2013

    silverballz - "I would like to believe that employers would treat everyone fairly about getting a job and not using that question about convicted of a felony to disqualify someone. I think it wrong to ask it, and they should be hired on how they act and present themselves."

    You're joking!

    You think someone with a criminal record should get the same shake at a job as someone with a clean record?

    Why???

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Oct 31, 2013

    scubagirl2 - "Pot does NOT lead to harder drugs. What it does do however is put folks in proximity to those that DO use harder drugs and THAT is the only connection."

    100% correct!!!

    "You can say it leads to KNOWING people who use/sell harder drugs. I'd daresay there are more smokers out there that have never moved in that direction nor wanted to, than there are those that did."

    I'd say the same thing.

    Our mother smoked 3 packs a day. I've never touched the stuff because the very smell of it turns my stomach.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Oct 31, 2013

    Good for them!

    Now to get these outside of Social Services offices everywhere.

  • GravyPig Oct 25, 2013

    "" being sober is overrated "

    Yeah, right. You've got it backwards. If you could remember what a lousy time you usually have, you'd know that."

    That dude speaks the truth...

    Oh, ok man. Overrated is sober being. That better?

  • scubagirl2 Oct 24, 2013

    "I would be more than happy to provide you with directions to my cousins burial plot. whatelseisnew" And I to my brothers plot, but he also drank milk, ate peanut butter etc. can we blame that too?

    Pot does NOT lead to harder drugs. What it does do however is put folks in proximity to those that DO use harder drugs and THAT is the only connection . You can say it leads to KNOWING people who use/sell harder drugs. I'd daresay there are more smokers out there that have never moved in that direction nor wanted to, than there are those that did.

  • jjgnc Oct 23, 2013

    Seems to me that most of the people replying to this article are a bunch of criminal records. Give it a rest. You broke the law and now you have a lower chance of getting hired than someone without a criminal record. This is because employers don't want felons working for them, and being around their employees and families. You think I want a rapist, child molester, or even someone who committed an armed robbery around the office? Give me a break. You reap what you sow.

  • silverballwiz Oct 23, 2013

    I would like to believe that employers would treat everyone fairly about getting a job and not using that question about convicted of a felony to disqualify someone. I think it wrong to ask it, and they should be hired on how they act and present themselves. Not based on a court record somewhere. I always tell the truth and feel like I am on the defensive every time I fill out a application. Juries are not always right. I would like to see that question removed from every application. It is not fair to discriminate someone because of this. People need to be considered for employment based on their qualifications. The sign just hits home because people want to work and can't. I bet if they went to prison & they were off drugs, they still could not work for a company because of their criminal record.

  • silverballwiz Oct 23, 2013

    I am innocent. Proof is there. Don't group me in with other convicted felons. Read the page. I have lots of skills. I can run a pinball and video game business, online salesman, computer skills, input data, etc. I am a good person with lots to offer. Unfortunately, no one will hire me because of my false record that happened 23 years ago. I am in the process of trying to get my name cleared. I think anyone that is willing to work should be given a chance. Just a chance. If they blow the chance, it is on them. As for me, I have a family to support and please do not clump me in with all the convicted felons. I did not commit the crime. My case is a very corrupt case where delebrate framing and hiding evidence is concerned.

  • fishon Oct 23, 2013

    I was falsely accused and convicted. Look at www.falseconvictions.com and you will see that
    silverballwiz

    I went to the site. all I see is someone claiming to be innocent, pretty much like most of the other convicted felons out there.

    You have worked from home for 23 years, what are your skills for a job outside the home?

  • Pepe Silvia Oct 23, 2013

    "outhousecat: good luck with your weed smoking. One thing: One legitimate reason why. Key word before you answer, and contemplate carefully: legitimate." - IPayYouPay

    Why NOT?

    People like to do the things they enjoy.

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