Watching a special on television the other night and seeing how bad the job and financial crisis is in the nation that people in some parts of the country have turned to the alternative of collecting cans called canning, is sad but a genuine way of living. What an inventive and trial way for one to strive to survive, a true and ideal concept of survival of the fittest. Listening to the stories of individuals in the documentary, it only showed one that people from all walks of life and educational backgrounds people have been laid off and are facing the same crisis across the board. What is one to do, instead of jumping to the trenches of can collecting in order to make ends meet for his or her family?
Collecting cans in exchange for income were once a hobby for some people, a act that was done just to scrape up change here there but whoever thought it would become a true way of life and income for so many families during financial down turn. The story brings tears to one eyes, how these individuals go all day, from street corner to corner, collecting cans here and there, even getting into disputes for these cans with others, just do redeem five cents a can to be able to provide for their families. This is however America, the greatest nation in the world, where canning has become a primary means of survival for many.